Category: Let's Talk About It

July 4, 2019 - Transgender: Understanding the Gender Umbrella - Dr. Ebony M. Williams, Psy.D. Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacramento.

41%of people who identify as transgender report attempting suicide. Dr. Ebony M. Williams joins us to discuss the traditional gender model compared to the gender umbrella. Learn how the gender model appears to no longer be applicable, due to the different ways that people in our society see themselves or identify within a complex gender umbrella.
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July 11, 2019 - Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center - Rosa Diaz Chief Executive Officer Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center

Since October 2015 the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center has been working diligently to improve the quality of life for the LGBT population in Imperial County. Now, the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center guides, advocates, and provides support for many different at-risk groups and populations through drug abuse education, HIV testing and counseling, individual and family counseling, anger management groups, youth programs, community events, and so much more. All of these services are provided free of charge. We’ll talk about the growth, challenges and opportunities at The Center.
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July 18, 2019 - Quality Behavioral Healthcare for LGBTQ Populations - Scott McClure, PhD National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Contract Consultant, Trainer Evidence Based Correctional Practices

Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. Discrimination against LGBTQ persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Experiences of violence and victimization are not uncommon for LGBTQ individuals, and may have long-lasting effects on the individual and the community. Join us as ICBHS shares their goal of gaining awareness and skills to provide quality behavioral healthcare for our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community.
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July 25, 2019 – LGBTQ Youth Engagement - Brian Phillips Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Johanna Pinedo, AMFT Mental Health Counselor ICBHS Youth and Young Adult Services

Research indicates that relationship is a critical factor in achieving mental health outcomes. LGBTQ youth, subject to discrimination and lack of acceptance in many environments, must feel welcome, safe, and supported in order to achieve the best treatment outcomes. ICBHS is committed to providing this level of connection to all individuals who enter treatment. Join us as we talk about building trust, safety, and a caring environment for the LGBTQ youth in our community who may be seeking treatment for a Behavioral Health concern.
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August 1, 2019 - Supporting and Self-Support for LGBTQ Youth and Adults - Lee-Anne Gray, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, Educator, and Author

Adolescence and early adult transitions are challenging in the best of circumstances. LGBTQ community members commonly face direct discrimination and have to manage coming out, understanding their sexual identity, gender norms and fluidity, including how to stay safe and address negative attitudes in their schools and communities. Join us as ICBHS consultant, Dr. Lee-Anne Gray speaks to the tools and practices, from self-compassion to empathy for others that support happier and healthier lives for all.
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