LGBT Inclusion: Welcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning Patients Into Your Professional Practice.

Presented by Shelly Farnan, Psy.D.
November 2nd,  8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

This training is designed to increase Cultural Competence in working with the LGBTQ 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 LGBT 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.

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

Learning Objectives

  • Assess personal and professional awareness, knowledge, and skill specific to the LGBT population.
  • Describe the importance of incorporating sexual orientation and gender identity into the professional relationship.
  • Describe healthcare needs and barriers to care for the LGBT population.
  • Discuss theoretical approaches found effective in working with the LGBT population.
  • Describe how stigma and prejudice effect the lives of the LGBT population List methods to create a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT patients Provide/Review Resources.

Presenter Information

Dr. Farnan has specialized in working with the LGBTQ population since 2007. She wrote a masters literature review and doctoral dissertation on LGBT parenting and specifically lesbian desire to have children. She also provides individual, couple’s, family, and group therapy to the LGBTQ population. Dr. Farnan also supervises and consults with other providers who are working with this population, teaching courses regarding Cultural Competence in working with the LGBTQ population, offering a multitude of training and seminars to community and academic organizations on LGBT health and wellness, and becoming a trainer for the Missouri LGBT Health Access Training Network. She received the 2014 Ozarks Pridefest: Mark Hubble & Dale Fowler Award for strides she has taken to improve the quality of life for the LGBT population through clinical work, education and training, and advocacy.

*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.