Promoting Behavioral Health & Wellness in LGBTQ+ Communities

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LGBTQ+ individuals don't need "friendly" service providers, they need competent service providers! In honor of Pride month this June, Housing First University is offering some of the most fundamental information you need to provide the comprehensive, affirming, and relevant care your LGBTQ+ service recipients deserve. Attendees will learn about current terminology, identity development timelines, and variations in the LGBTQ+ experience from an intersectional perspective. Presenters will also provide guidance for LGBTQ+ sensitive practices, as well as strategies for interrupting homophobia, transphobia, and microaggressions among co-workers and program participants. Interaction and questions are welcomed throughout the presentation.


11:45 – 12:00 PM  |  Virtual training room opens
12:00 – 12:10 PM  |  Welcome, introductions, & check-in activity
12:15 – 12:40 PM  |  Terminology
12:40 – 12:55 PM  |   Identity development
12:55 – 1:05 PM    |   Break
1:05 – 1:30 PM      |   Transgender identities & pronouns
1:30 – 2:00 PM      |  Microaggressions & affirming practice
2:00 – 2:15 PM      |  Review & closing remarks
2:15 – 2:30 PM      |  Q&A

Learning objectives
When attendees return to the workplace, they will be able to:

  • Name and use modern LGBTQ+ terminology
  • Demonstrate basic competency when it comes to pronouns
  • Name at least three actionable strategies to make your service provision more LGBTQ+ affirming

Target Audience: Social service providers and helping professionals with direct client contact, clinical supervisors, agency administrators, policy-makers, and anyone seeking to gain a greater understanding of LGBTQ+ communities.

Social Work Practice Level: This course is appropriate for beginner and intermediate BSW/ MSW learners 
Course Delivery Format: Live webinar
Interactivity: This course will offer 15 minutes of Q&A time, as well as real-time polling, and group discussion prompts. 
Social Work Continuing Education Credit: 2.25 social and cultural competence continuing education credits
Fees: $25 general registration; additional $5 for registration with social work CE credit  

Registration includes access to the live event and recording, PDF of slides, and relevant training tip sheets/resources.

Session Facilitators:


Khalil Martin, MSW, LSW (he/him), joined Pathways to Housing PA in 2021 and served in a clinical leadership role on an ACT team for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder before joining Housing First University as a Training Specialist in January 2023. Prior to this, Khalil worked as a Behavioral Health Therapist at runaway & homeless youth shelters throughout the tri-state area, as well as with Project HOME, where he assisted in the creation of the Gloria Casarez Residence– the first permanent supportive housing for LGBTQ+ young adults in Pennsylvania. Drawing from principles of feminist theory, Khalil uses a strength-based and person-centered approach to assist individuals in understanding and navigating various forms of oppression and how these systems impact one's personal and interpersonal experiences. Khalil received his Master’s degree in clinical social work from The University of Pennsylvania.

Ryan Villagran, MSW, LSW (they/them), joined Housing First University in June 2021 as a Training Specialist. Ryan holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University with a concentration in Communities & Policy. Their clinical background includes delivering psychiatric rehabilitation services in the mental health recovery model at a Community Integrated Recovery Center. Ryan also developed and coordinated a training program in a university setting for social workers serving transitional-aged youth and later taught a Human Behavior in the Social Environment course for graduate social work students. Ryan believes in the power of our collective imagination to dream of a better future centered around those on the margins.


ACE approval statement: Housing First University: a program of Pathways to Housing PA, provider #1759, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/12/2022 - 01/12/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 2.25 social and cultural competency continuing education credits.

*Housing First University, a program of Pathways to Housing PA, can provide continuing education credits to licensed social workers in 48 of the 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces. Due to current regulations, CE credits cannot be offered to social workers in the states of New Jersey or New York. If you are not a Licensed Social Worker, please check with your board of accreditation to ensure this training meets your licensing needs.


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For questions or comments, please contact: 
Andrew Spiers, LSW 
Continuing Education Director 
Housing First University, a program of Pathways to Housing PA 
(215) 390-1500, ext. 1708