LGBTQIA2S+ Inclusion in Clinical Practice


This webinar in partnership with Umbrella Collective will focus on mental health clinical information that seeks to be inclusive of LGBTQIA2S+ identities, authenticity, power, and difference in an anti-oppressive framework.‌‌‌ This training serves to increase critical awareness of overt and covert marginalization dynamics within personal lives, society, and within professional work within each organization/s. The goal is to build supportive resources and relationships within the culture of the self that extends to professional practice within organization/s that promote an inclusive, anti-oppressive stance to benefit everyone.

Learning objectives:

  • Develop an anti-oppressive lens toward LGBTQIA2S+ people in personal and professional life.
  • Increase understanding of one’s role in upholding and maintaining systems of power over marginalized identities within society and at the organization/s.
  • Build and deepen relationships within the group to hold one another accountable to LGBTQIA2S+ identities with anti-oppression growth goals and actionable steps.
  • Deepen one’s knowledge and resource toolkit to have an LGBTQIA2S+ inclusive mindset in the face of overt and covert oppressions that occur in a day-to-day context within the work of the organization/s.
  • For privileged identities, develop grounding techniques in the face of cis- and hetero- shame-based fragility to help facilitate engagement in difficult conversations‌.‌‌
  • For people with marginalized identities, develop health boundary setting when experiencing micro- and macro-aggressions in life and professional practice.



Li Brookens, LCSW, CGP, WPATH GEI SOC8 Certified Member (they/them)

Li Brookens image Li Brookens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), World Professional Association for Transgender Health SOC8 Certified Member, and a Clinical Hypnotherapist providing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) trainings to organizations as well as psychotherapy to individuals, families, and groups in private practice. Li is out personally and professionally as a trans, nonbinary, 2nd generation white-assumed Latine, able-bodied person. Out of a vision and drive to create a group practice that weaved intersectionality into the fabric of the dynamic work with each client, they founded Umbrella Collective (est. 2016). The Umbrella Collective is a private group psychotherapy and DEI training practice in Boulder CO.  

Virginia Sanford, LPC (she/her)

Virginia Sanford imageI am a trauma-informed, attachment-based therapist who has been working in the field of mental health since 2013. As a clinician and a human, I believe that healing and change can begin when we feel safe and secure in our relationships. There are so many factors that can challenge our ability to feel safe in the world. My work as a therapist and an ally through the Umbrella Collective allows me to unpack and challenge the systems of power and oppression that impact safety and security. I am passionate about working with grief and loss as it relates to trauma, identity, ability and the multitude of ways that we experience loss as humans. I also work as an adjunct professor in the Counseling program at CU Denver, which provides an opportunity to foster awareness of the power dynamics and privilege at play within the counseling profession and our larger social structure

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Starts: Jul 10, 2024 1:30 pm
Ends: Jul 10, 2024 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 10, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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