Prerequisite: 2SLGBTQ Foundations Course

Duration: 2 hours

Content Level: Beginner

Target Audience:  All health care and social service providers who provide counselling and advocacy in a variety of settings. Health care and social service students are welcome to take this course. This is an introductory cultural humility and competence module for health care and social service providers with little or no experience with 2SLGBTQ clients.

Fee: CAN $10 [IMPORTANT: There is NO refund or exchange for cancellations.]

Summary: Research studies in Canada and other countries show that 2SLGBTQ people report higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders, poorer self-perceived mental health status, and higher rates of lifetime suicidality relative to their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. Furthermore, there is evidence to show that substance use may be higher in 2SLGBTQ communities due to homo/bi/transphobia and that patterns of use are different. This session will explore how social stigma and discrimination can affect 2SLGBTQ people‚Äôs mental and emotional health, become internalized and how unhealthy coping strategies can develop. We will learn of inclusive counselling tips, intersectional framework that incorporates lived experiences, coming out processes, and psychological supports that can protect the individual, affirm sense of self and promote resilience.

Objectives:

  1. Recognize the impact of bi/homo/transphobia on the mental health outcomes of 2SLGBTQ communities.
  2. Unpack common counselling issues through the lens of intersectionality, minority stress, trauma-informed care, and other useful frameworks.
  3. Identify common counselling issues for 2SLGBTQ clients, i.e., coming out & support, SOGIEGE & survival, IPV & relationships, etc..
  4. Provide 2SLGBTQ-positive mental health care in the context of interpersonal and systemic discrimination that affects emotional and mental health.

Please note that capacity is limited to 30 learners per session to ensure a good learning environment.

Upcoming Dates: To be announced. 

Duration: 2 hours