Cultivating Inclusion: Welcoming LGBTQI+ People (3 CE’s)

Presented by Shelly Farnan, Psy.D.
October 1st,   1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level

Intermediate — Builds upon the learner’s foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Course Description and Target Audience

This training is designed to increase cultural competence in working with the LGBTQI+ population, while challenging the provider to better understand their perspective in working with this population and to identify areas of opportunities as related to working with this population. The needs of LGBTQ+ patients and their families are often overlooked, neglected, or minimized by providers. Often this oversight is rooted in lack of training, lack of experience, and provider comfort level. Participants who attend this training will gain knowledge, skill, ability, and interest in working with the LGBTQI+ population. This workshop offers opportunities to obtain the language providers need to respect and empower patients, to become an inclusive practice, and to build confidence in developing relationships necessary to nurture healing and growth.

All information is accurate, to the best of the presenter’s knowledge and according to training by leaders in the field. Any limitations would be the result of ever changing, and rapidly changing, information. Though minimal to no risk is expected, any potential risk would likely be the result of the information uncovering participant discomfort with working with the LGBTQI+ population or as this material relates in their personal lives.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to assess personal and professional awareness, knowledge, and skill specific to the LGBTQ+ population.
  • Attendees will be able to explain the importance of incorporating sexual orientation and gender identity into the professional relationship.
  • Attendees will be able to analyze healthcare needs and barriers to care for the LGBTQ+ population.
  • Attendees will be able to identify Best Practices in creating a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people and in treating LGBTQ+ patients.
  • Attendees will be able to describe how stigma and prejudice effect the lives of the LGBTQ+ population and list methods to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ patients.
  • Attendees will be able to demonstrate increased comfort with LGBTQI+ language and conversation.


Presenter Information

Shelly Farnan, Psy.D., began working with the LGBTQ population in 2007 and continues to specialize in working with, and on behalf of, LGBTQ people in the form of therapy, teaching, advocacy, becoming a trainer for the Missouri LGBT Health Access Training Network, and offering specialized trainings to organizations across the state. She remains up-to-date with literature and leaders in the field, acquires ongoing LGBTQ Continuing Education, and is working towards a specialty certification in Transgender Health through the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Dr. Farnan serves as the System Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Burrell Behavioral Health. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Aids Project of the Ozarks (APO), is the Co-Chair for the Culture Equity Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) Committee of the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and serves on the Department of Mental Health’s Mental Health Equity and Inclusion Alliance. She is a trainer for the PersonBrain Model and certified QPR Gatekeeper.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

This presentation will be offered via Zoom.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.