Cultural Considerations for Working with LGBTGEQIAP+ Clients

Presented By Clark Ausloos, PhD
Clark Ausloos, PhD

2 Hours | 2 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Cultural Considerations for Working with LGBTGEQIAP+ Clients is presented by Clark Ausloos, PhD.

This program is designed to deepen professionals' understanding and effectiveness in working with LGBTQIA+ clients. It offers a substantive analysis of the unique life-stage challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals, grounded in empirical research. Participants gain a thorough grounding in evidence-based, affirmative practices that support the mental health of LGBTQIA+ clients, enhancing their therapeutic toolkit. The development of practical skills for fostering inclusive clinical and community environments is central to the curriculum, with an emphasis on experiential learning and application. Furthermore, this program stresses the importance of advocacy, teaching participants to engage with and influence policy in various institutions for the benefit of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

This program enables professionals to integrate advanced LGBTQIA+ affirmative practices into their work, contributing to their career development and the broader goal of creating supportive, inclusive, and informed environments for diverse populations.

The program is tailored for a diverse range of professionals at various stages of their careers who interact with LGBTQIA+ populations. Ideal participants include mid-career mental health clinicians, early-career social service providers, and seasoned educators and healthcare workers interested in enhancing their LGBTQIA+ affirmative practices. These professionals likely work in settings such as private practices, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and non-profit organizations dedicated to advocacy and community support. The program aims to equip these individuals with specialized knowledge and skills to improve inclusivity and advocacy in their respective roles and environments.

Program Outline

  • Understanding LGBTQIA+ Identities and Life Stages: This module will cover the social and psychological aspects of LGBTQIA+ identities, utilizing current literature and demographic research to explore diverse experiences across life stages.
  • Affirmative Practices and Mental Health: Participants delves into various affirmative therapeutic modalities and evidence-based practices through lectures and discussions, with a focus on practical application in mental health settings.
  • Creating Inclusive Environments: This segmens includes interactive workshops where participants learn to apply inclusivity principles in real-world settings, using role-playing exercises and analysis of case studies to simulate clinical and community scenarios.
  • Advocacy and Collaborative Policy Development: The final module engages participants in a series of collaborative exercises aimed at policy advocacy, including group projects to draft policy proposals and strategy sessions for implementing these policies within institutions.

The learnings from this program can be applied in practice through the implementation of affirmative therapeutic techniques, the creation of inclusive policies, and the adoption of advocacy roles to support LGBTQIA+ individuals in various settings.
Application in Practice:

  • Clinical Settings: Therapists and counselors can integrate learned affirming practices to enhance the therapeutic alliance and improve outcomes for LGBTQIA+ clients.
  • Educational Environments: Educators can apply inclusive strategies to support LGBTQIA+ students, contributing to safer and more supportive school climates.
  • Healthcare: Medical professionals can ensure that healthcare services are delivered in a manner that is respectful and sensitive to the needs of LGBTQIA+ patients.
  • Community Services: Social workers and community organizers can leverage their advocacy training to push for systemic changes that benefit LGBTQIA+ populations.

Career Impact:
  • Job/Promotion Prospects: Specialized knowledge in LGBTQIA+ affirmative practices can lead to increased job opportunities, as organizations seek professionals trained in this area.
  • Salary: Expertise in a specialized and increasingly recognized area of practice may lead to higher pay scales or consultancy opportunities.
  • Personal Fulfillment: Enhancing one’s ability to make a tangible difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals can lead to greater job satisfaction and a sense of personal achievement.

Unique Value of the Program:
  • Comprehensive Approach: The program offers a holistic perspective that addresses both individual client needs and systemic change.
  • Interdisciplinary Networking: Participants have the opportunity to network with professionals from various fields, enriching their multidisciplinary understanding and collaboration skills.
  • Immediate Applicability: Skills and knowledge gained are immediately applicable in participants' current roles, allowing for real-time improvement in service delivery.
  • Advocacy Skills: Unique emphasis on advocacy prepares participants to be change agents, influencing policies and practices within their spheres of influence.

By participating in this program, professionals not only enhance their own practice but also contribute to the broader movement towards equality and inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ individuals. This can lead to both professional growth and a deeper sense of contribution to social progress.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe comprehensive insights into the unique challenges and experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals across various life stages

Describe evidence-based, affirming practices that support the mental health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ clients

Describe how to develop skills to facilitate inclusive and supportive environments for LGBTQIA+ clients in both clinical settings and the broader community

Describe how to collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders to advocate for LGBTQIA+ affirmative policies and practices in diverse institutions


Presented By

Clark Ausloos, PhD

Dr. Clark D. Ausloos is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Licensed School Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Ausloos has worked in K-12 settings, as well as private practice, and in college counseling. Dr. Ausloos currently serves as a core faculty member in the SchoolCou...


1. Program Introduction

2. Unraveling the Human Psyche: Insights from Alex's Case and Current Research Trends

3. Advancing Mental Wellness through Inclusive Policies and Practices

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