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Transcending Relational and Religious Trauma: Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ Clients (Virtual)

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Transcending Relational and Religious Trauma: Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ Clients (Virtual)

April 19, 2023

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 10:00am-2:00pm (PT)

Hosted by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York State Chapter. 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.


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

  • Describe foundational concepts from intersubjectivity and self-psychology
  • Identify affirmative approaches to improve clinical practice with LGBTQIA+ individuals 
  • 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)
  • Describe the specific struggles that LGBTQIA+ individuals face within family and societal systems that perpetuate shame and self-doubt
  • Explain new ways of engaging LGBTQIA+ clients to deepen the therapeutic relationship

    This workshop is approved for 4.0 CEUs.

 Cost: $0-$100. Registration and more information here 



April 19, 2023
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