Advancing Awareness in LGBTQ Care, Part III: Working with LGBTQ2S+ Native American Clients

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Recorded on Friday, August 20, 2021 

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Despite being at increased risk for developing substance use disorders and other mental health issues, LGBTQ2S+ Native American clients are little studied in the clinical literature. This deficit in awareness and care considerations can lead to significant gaps in care for this priority population. In this presentation, the presenters will discuss ways in which practitioners can effectively and compassionately work with this population by integrating Western and Indigenous medicine and therapeutic principles.  


Troy Weeldreyer, LMSW, MSW, MPH (he/him), is a mental health clinician at Pueblo of Acoma Health & Wellness in Albuquerque, NM. He earned a Master’s of Social Work degree and Master’s of Public Health degree from New Mexico State University. Weeldreyer is a member of the LGBTQ+ Clinical Issues Sub-Committee at NAADAC. His interests include promoting and implementing micro, mezzo, and macro structural interventions aimed at eliminating healthcare disparities for people who use drugs, LGBTQ+, and racial/ethnic minorities. 

Jennifer Nanez, LMSW, MSW (she/her), currently serves as a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator with the SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center through Tribal Tech LLC, and is an enrolled tribal member of the Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico. Nanez has been in the social work and education fields for over 20 years with an emphasis in serving the American Indian population, and promoting effective community engagement and clinical work in the American Indian community. Nanez has worked in Urban Indian, Tribal, Federal, and University systems, and now provides support to Tribal communities nationally in her current role. Nanez’s interests lie in suicide prevention and mental health treatment support working within a healing from Historical Trauma framework; and supporting community readiness, resilience, and capacity building in our Tribal communities. Nanez firmly believes in “working with, not working on,” and being in service to our communities.


Kimberly Lewis, BA, is a graduate student at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. She is pursuing her Master's degree in mental health counseling with a concentration in addiction. Lewis’ proudest accomplishment is receiving her Bachelor's degree in psychology and becoming a 2019 MFP-AC fellow for the NBCC Foundation. Her ultimate purpose is to serve the underserved/underrepresented populations, including LGBTQ+ and those with a substance use disorder. Lewis is a member of NAADAC’s LGBTQIA Clinical Issues Sub-Committee. Her research interests include inequalities among sexual and gender minorities, substance use disorders, mental health, and behavior change.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe at least three ways in which historical trauma has impacted LGBTQ2S+ Native Americans.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least three ways in which they can integrate cultural competency with this population into their clinical practice.
  • Participants will be able to identify resources within their communities to serve LGBTQ2S+ Native Americans.
Content Level: Beginning
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