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POSTPONED - Addressing Mental Health Needs of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

2:00pm - March 24, 2020 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: March 23, 2020
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Sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth experience multiple challenges to their mental and physical well-being, which include higher suicide rates, substance use, and victimization in comparison to heterosexual youth. This is not due to their being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer but rather a result of stigma and discrimination imposed by others because of their sexual orientation. This webinar will address effective methods of (1) culturally competent care for SGM youth patients and (2) incorporating competent care for this population through illustrative case studies.



Errol L. Fields, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine subspecialist. As a physician researcher he has dedicated his career to improving the health and life outcomes of adolescents and emerging adults, with particular attention to vulnerable and marginalized youth, through research, clinical medicine, education and advocacy. His research focuses on using mixed methodologies to understand and reduce racial disparities in HIV among young Black, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Dr. Fields is also interested in the provision of evidence-based, culturally competent care of sexual and gender minority youth and is involved in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education in this area.


Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss mental health and social disparities affecting SGM youth.
  • Describe protective factors for SGM youth.
  • Discuss best practices for caring for SGM youth (engaging and building rapport; addressing mental health needs including gender affirming care model; assisting and supporting parents).
Who Should Attend?

Mental and public health professionals (including psychologists, clinical social workers, family therapists and substance abuse counselors), school counselors, educators, and school support staff.