Understanding LGBTQ+ People, Their Culture, and How to Best Support Them



Understanding LGBTQ+ People, Their Culture, and How to Best Support Them

Saturday, August 22, 2020

9:00 am to 3:15pm


Presenter: Aynisa Leonardo, LCAT, ART-BC

NASW-NYS Members: $60 

NASW Other Chapter Member: $90

Non-Members: $120

NASW-NYS Student Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 6.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

This workshop will explore themes related to LGBTQ+ people, including terminology and proper language. Workshop will provide an overview of significant historical events and figures that paved the way for LGBTQ+ Rights. Attendees will learn about specific hate crimes, laws, and policies that infringed upon this community, and the after effects of this unequal treatment on individuals today. Relevant statistics and facts will be discussed, involving mental health, suicide, addiction, and homelessness, as well as positive movements in history, including marriage equality and the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Speaker will review what it means to be Transgender, including the path of gender reassignment, and life after transition. Most importantly, the presenter will discuss best ways to be an ally to this population, awareness of support services, family resources, misconceptions, stereotypes, appropriate language, and goals of therapy. 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Define 3 new terms related to LGBTQ+ culture.
  • Identify at least 3 historical facts related to working with LGBTQ+ people.
  • Develop at least 3 new specific skills regarding language and support of the LGBTQ+ population.
  • Identify relevant statistic and trends related to the mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Identify 3 trends related to gender reassignment and transitioning (for the transgender community).

This workshop is approved for 6.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Aynisa Leonardo is a Licensed Clinical Art Therapist (LCAT, ATR-BC), who has been in the field of mental health services for 12 years. She is the Director of Military Services at Long Island Center for Recovery. Her prior experience includes working in inpatient, outpatient, and non-profit settings with clients experiencing posttraumatic stress, addiction, family conflict, and other mental health challenges. She has concentrated on advanced program development and clinical education, locally and nationally. She continues to provide evidence-based and interactive style presentations to hospitals, non-profits, and corporate agencies, in an effort to raise awareness of current trends and improve competency within the healthcare community..  



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August 22nd, 2020 9:00 AM   through   3:15 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 60.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 90.00
Non-Member $ 120.00
NASW-NYS Student Member $ 0.00