Conference will count towards 6.5 NBCC Clock Hours for those with their NCC credential
The Counselor Education Program at NCCU has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4495. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Counselor Education Program at NCCU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the LGBT Center of Durham!
Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.
How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect the LGBTQ Community?
According to NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness), LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.
LGBTQ people must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions. Some people report having to hide their sexual orientation from those in the mental health system for fear of being ridiculed or rejected. Some hide their mental health conditions from their LGBTQ friends.
As a community, LGBTQ individuals do not often talk about mental health and may lack awareness about mental health conditions. This sometimes prevents people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to get better.
Disparities in Care
The history of mental health treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) populations is an uneasy one. In the 1950s and 60s, many psychiatrists believed that homosexuality, as well as bisexuality, was a mental illness. Gay men and lesbians were often subjected to treatment against their will, including forced hospitalizations, aversion therapy and electroshock therapy. Fortunately, there have been great strides made in the nearly 35 years since the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM. Despite this, there are still disparities and unequal treatment among LGBTQ groups seeking care.
Though more therapists and psychiatrists today have positive attitudes toward the LGBTQ community, people still face unequal care due to a lack of training and/or understanding. Health care providers still do not always have up-to-date knowledge of the unique needs of the LGBTQ community or training on LGBT mental health issues. Providers who lack knowledge and experience working with members of the LGBTQ community may focus more on a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity than a person’s mental health condition.
Goals of the Mental Health Conference
Facilitate conversation amongst health professionals and educators to further develop their practice to better include and understand the needs of LGBTQA+ individuals
Focus on challenges and difficulties experienced by LGBTQA+ individuals, paying attention to the emergence of issues attributed to social (family, school, work, church, community), civil, and government acts
Examine the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of LGBTQA+ individuals, as well as treatment of various states of illness and disease facing LGBTQA+ communities
Improve cultural competency and understand how the helping profession can continue cultural competency personally and through their health facility or workplace
Who should attend?
This conference is designed for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, and other allied health care professionals interested in improving wellness and care for their LGBTQ+ patients, as well as students, trainees, and community members.
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When & Where
Graduate Student in Mental Health Counseling at NCCU