Transcending Relational and Religious Trauma: Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ clients

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Transcending Relational and Religious Trauma: Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ clients

Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

1:00pm to 5:00pm ET


Presenter: Nicholas Santo, DSW, LCSW-R

NASW-NYS Members: $40

NASW Other Chapter Member: $80

Non-Members: $100

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 4.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
Many LGBTQIA+ individuals have complex relationships with families, including rejection and trauma related to their identity and expression, and it is important for social workers to be prepared to support and address issues that may arise with LGBTQIA+ clients and familial trauma. This course will describe ways social workers can improve their skills in working with LGBTQIA+ clients who have suffered familial rejection and religious trauma. Research shows that affirmative relationships and environments positively impact the mental health of LGBTQIA+ people. Yet, many LGBTQIA+ individuals experience relational traumas from rejecting families and conversion or reparative therapy. This training will discuss the unique developmental challenges LGBTQIA+ people face, the impact of early developmental stage rejection, and ways to improve clinical engagement with clients for more affirming care.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:


1. Describe foundational concepts from intersubjectivity and self psychology

2. Identify affirmative approaches to improve clinical practice with LGBTQIA+ individuals 

3. Identify ways to strengthen one’s empathic approach when working with LGBTQIA+ individuals who have suffered from religious trauma (conversion therapy, rejection from family, and more)

4. Describe the specific struggles that LGBTQIA+ individuals face within family and societal systems that perpetuate shame and self-doubt

5. Explain new ways of engaging LGBTQIA+ clients to deepen the therapeutic relationship


This workshop is approved for 4.0 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), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Nicholas Santo, DSW, LCSW-R. Dr. Nick Santo earned his MSW at Fordham University and his DSW at NYU; and has completed various post graduate training programs. He has three publications that focus on integrating intersubjectivity, self psychology, and affirmative therapy with gay men. He is currently a psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. He has been practicing psychotherapy for 14+ years, and currently maintains a private practice in NYC. Dr. Santo’s interests include treatment with sexual and gender minority adults with histories of relational and/or religious trauma.  



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April 19th, 2023 from  1:00 PM to  5:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $40.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $80.00
Non-Member $100.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Nicholas Santo, DSW, LCSW-R
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 4.0