Friday, August 20, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Registration Deadline

August 18, 2021


This is an online event. 



Kara Atwell
Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio 

Cancellation Policy

50% refund by August 18.*
   *May change individual attending at no cost.

No refunds after August 18.


An Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) 

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6 CEUs: $30

Current disparities and disproportionalities data on LGBTQ+ communities highlight the importance of more tailored and culturally responsive substance use and mental health services throughout the lifespan. This data has shown that LGBTQ+ populations of all ages disproportionately experience more instances of mental health and substance use disorders, suicidality, and poor wellbeing outcomes compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Intersectionality is an important consideration when serving LGBTQ+ populations, considering age as well as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and ability.

This training will provide an introduction to gender identity and sexual orientation and increase the participant’s knowledge of the challenges for sexual minorities. Participants will also gain skills for recognizing and working with this population and providing culturally responsive services to LGBTQ+ individuals in mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings. Content focus areas include: definitions of gender identity, sexual orientation, physical health, mental health, substance use treatment, and other health-related concerns for LGBTQIA+ populations. The curriculum also provides treatment strategies and considerations for clinical work that have been proven effective within this population.

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation terminology.
  2. Participants will be able to identify related health issues for the differing segments of the LGBTQ+ population.
  3. Participants will be given provider considerations addressing stigma and stress, current practices, and recommendations.
  4. Participants will be able to define cultural humility and explain how it differs from cultural competence, identify two concepts that contribute to self-awareness, and identify two strategies for creating culturally sensitive interactions.
  5. Participants will be able to identify ways to make their practice a more positive LGBTQ+ affirming treatment setting.

Resources for further learning will be provided.


MaryAnn O'Malloy, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, CareSource

MaryAnn “Marla” O’Malloy has worked in the field of behavioral health for over 30 years. Mx. O’Malloy prefers the pronouns they/them/theirs.They hold the licenses of LPCC-S and LICDC-CS in the state of Ohio. Having been in recovery for over 35 years, Marla is able to bring clinical and life experience together in treating addictions and trauma. Marla is a proud member of the Queer Community, and currently holds the title Mx. TriState Leather. It is with great pleasure that Marla joins the team in presenting a workshop encompassing so many of their passions.

Martin Warne, CPSS, Digital Content Strategist, Mental Health America of Northern Kentcky & Southwest Ohio

Martin Warne is a Certified Peer Support Specialist with a decade of successful experience in developing addiction recovery peer support programs for queer and trans people. Martin specializes in developing evidence based peer support groups and community based events for local LGBTQ+ people in addiction recovery. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Martin regularly develops internal LGBTQ+ affirming incentives for employees and staff to learn more about LGBTQ+ addiction recovery. Martin enjoys a good hike but can also be found creating art and cooking healthy meals for his partner, Robbie.

Continuing Education (CE) Information 

Kentucky Licensure
  • Mental Health America of NKY & SWOH is approved by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, approval number KBSWSP 2019054.
  • Kentucky Certified Peer Support Specialists (KCPSS)
Ohio Licensure
  • Mental Health America of NKY & SWOH is approved #RCST111001 by the State Of Ohio Counseling, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Board as a sponsor for continuing education for counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapy.
  • Ohio Peer Recovery Supporters