Mental Health Providers Access Latest Training On LGBT Clinical Issues

FERNDALE - On Thursday, Aug. 21, mental health providers around in the metro Detroit area will gain access to the latest professional training to assist in providing quality care to LGBT clients. Affirmations Community Center will host two three-hour trainings for mental health professionals, each focusing on a specific topic related to sexual orientation and gender identity. During the morning session, Carmen Wargel, LMSW and Bryan Victor, LLMSW, will present how to provide mental health services to LGBT survivors of abuse. In the afternoon session, Maureen Bernard, LMSW, CADC, CCS will present on substance use disorders within LGBT communities. Continuing Education Credits are offered for each of the three-hour trainings. Training and registration information is available at

"Many LGBT people have been unintentionally harmed by well-meaning therapists who are have not been trained specifically on issues significant to the LGBT population, including co-occurring conditions, long-term effects of social stigma, and the effects of legal inequities," said Lydia Ahlum Hanson, Affirmations' Health and Wellness Manager. "These 3-hour trainings dive into two topics which greatly affect LGBT communities - abuse and substance use."

These summer trainings are part of Affirmations' clinical issues training initiative, which includes two core trainings offering 12 continuing credits each, one focusing on clinical issues and sexual orientation and one focusing on clinical issues and gender identity. The next two-day training, Clinical Issues & Sexual Orientation, will be held in November 2014. Affirmations' clinical issues trainings are sponsored by National Association of Social Workers - Michigan Chapter and Michigan School of Professional Psychology. For more information about Affirmations' upcoming training opportunities or its Health and Wellness Program, contact Lydia Ahlum Hanson at or call 248-677-7223.

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