3 CE – Executive Committee LGBTQQIAP What?!: Clinical and Ethical Implications for LGBT Competent and Affirming Counseling


Executive Committee Pricing

Afternoon Presentation
Registration 12:30pm, Program 1:00pm to 4:30pm
3 CE credits

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Executive Committee Pricing

Afternoon Presentation
Registration 12:30pm, Program 1:00pm to 4:30pm
3 CE credits

LGBTQQIAP What?!: Clinical and Ethical Implications for LGBT Competent and Affirming Counseling

Program Description:
Many clinicians want to be proficient in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) affirming approaches but aren’t quite sure how. This training will bring together relevant scientific literature, clinical expertise, and personal experience to teach clinicians about working with the LGBTQ+ population. Specifically, attendees will learn to identify the broad spectrum of LGBTQ+ identities and learn how to assess and apply contemporary ethical principles involved in working with the LGBTQ+ population. Practice guidelines offered by the American Psychological Association (APA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) will be discussed and analyzed for ways they can be implemented in such work., Additionally, clinicians will analyze reasons surrounding the decision to medically transition as well as the outcome of undergoing such medical interventions and how they can be used to inform work with individuals surrounding this decision. Finally, this workshop will review the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) guidelines for when and how to write a letter for clients wishing to undergo medical transition. At the conclusion of this training, attendees will be more confident in treating the various mental health issues of the LGBTQ+ community.

Presenter Bios

Atticus Ranck, MA: Atticus serves as the Health Programs and Supportive Services Manager for Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center where he supervises grants and programs dedicated to the physical and mental well-being of LGBT+ people. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with his masters in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, he became Director of Transgender Services for SunServe, an LGBT social services agency in Ft. Lauderdale. During his tenure, he provided direct assistance to transgender individuals as well as developed educational and social programs to raise awareness on a multitude of issues. Atticus has trained over 1,000 individuals on LGBT cultural competency over dozens of trainings across the country. 

Katy Yankie, LCSW: Alena “Katy” Yankie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Qualified Supervisor.  Katy began her work with the LGBT community through her work as a manager for fifteen years at AIDS service agencies in South Florida.  Her career has included work in addictions, end of life, women’s health, and those with severe and persistent mental illness.  For the past four years, Katy has been the Director of Clinical Services at SunServe, Broward County’s LGBTQ social service agency.  SunServe is a community mental health center, providing more than 500 hours per month of mental health and psychiatric care to LGBTQ clients.

Learning Objectives

 As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the varying identities related to the broad spectrum of the LGBT community.
  2. Apply up-to-date ethical principles regarding issues arising in mental health practice specific to the LGBT community.
  3. Discuss and implement American Psychological Association (APA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
  4. Administration (SAMHSA) best practice guidelines for LGBT affirming practice.
  5. Analyze issues surrounding the decision-making process of medically transitioning for LGBT individuals and associated outcomes on quality of life of medical interventions.
  6. Compose letters for clients undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and/or gender-affirming surgeries based on World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) guidelines.


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Continuing Education Credits

Participants will receive 3 CE credits for this program. All attendees will be asked to be present for the workshop no later than 15 minutes after it begins and not leave prior to 15 minutes before it ends. Certificates of attendance will be administered at the conclusion of the program. This program is intended for psychologists, counselors, social workers, graduate students and other mental health professionals.  For more information, please contact Dr. Lyz DeBoer at dr.lyz.deboer@gmail.com.

Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics:
LVPCA is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. LVPCA is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, or distress with regard to program content, please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to Jaclyn Davis, PhD at jaclyndavisphd@gmail.com.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be reasonably construed as conflict of interest.

Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.

Responsibility for Program Content:

Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.