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LGBTQIA+: 3-module Continuing Education Course for Professionals

We're excited to introduce an accredited Continuing Education course tailored for mental health therapists, focusing on three essential modules for better understanding and supporting the LGBTQIA+ clients. Each module can be taken individually or in sequence. Chris Mclaughlin, MSW, LCSW, (He/Him/His) provides practical interventions and identifies how to address modern challenges for LGBTQIA+ clients, caregivers, and the community. Chris is the Executive Director of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and owner and lead consultant of Inspired Consulting Group, LLC. A lifelong resident of Maine, he obtained both his BA in Psychology (1996) and his MSW (2001) from the University of Maine. Chris has spent more than 25 years as a provider and a leader in behavioral health services for youth and families across a variety of clinical settings, including treatment foster care, residential treatment facilities, public schools, private practice, community-based programs, and psychiatric hospital-based services.

This foundational module offers a comprehensive exploration of LGBTQIA+ terminology, historical context, and health care disparities. Clinicians will gain insights into creating inclusive spaces, addressing bias and microaggressions, and fostering allyship.

Delving into the responsibilities of clinicians, this module emphasizes the creation of safe, inclusive spaces and ethical considerations when working with LGBTQIA+ clients. Topics include Trauma-Informed Care, best practice clinical approaches, and ethical considerations unique to this population.

Practical interventions and case examples supporting families with LGBTQIA+ youth are discussed. Tools and techniques are provided to help clinicians promote open communication, strengthen family bonds, and reduce stigma in clinical work with families.


In a world embracing diversity, mental health professionals play a crucial role in fostering inclusivity. Join our Continuing Education course to embark on a transformative journey toward better mental health care for the LGBTQIA+ community.

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