Mental Health Providers

The Pride Center offers trainings designed for qualified mental health professionals, providers working in mental health related fields, and undergrad and graduate level students pursuing related degrees such as psychology, social work and mental health counseling. Our trainers provide education and professional development trainings for entities seeking to improve their services for LGBTQ individuals and community.

Training participants will gain knowledge regarding the specific mental health needs of the LGBTQ community and barriers to accessing mental health related care. Participants will be equipped with practical tools for building more LGBTQ-inclusive mental health agencies and providing LGBTQ-affirming psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families using a strengths-based perspective and intersectional lens. In addition to the in-person trainings, participants will be connected to Capital Region resources and opportunities for additional consultation and technical assistance.

To request a training, please contact our Executive Director at mharvey [at] capitalpridecenter [dot] org.

 

Training & Education Services are designed for a variety of Mental Health Providers, including:

  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Family and Marriage Counselors
  • Government Service Personnel
  • Health & Human Service Providers
  • Mental Health Care Receptionists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychotherapists & Psychiatrists
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Our Clients Include:

  • Albany County Crime Victims & Sexual Violence Center
  • Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth
  • Ellis Hospital Mental Health Services
  • NYS Capital District Psychiatric Center
  • Parsons Child and Family Center
  • START Children’s Center
  • SUNY Albany – School of Social Welfare
  • …and more!

Customization
Once scheduled, each training and presentation is individualized by our professional staff trainers to meet the client’s unique needs. Customized trainings and presentations not found below are also available by request.

Length of Trainings and Presentations
Our trainings require two hours minimum to build a baseline of knowledge. The Pride Center often receives feedback from audience members expressing the need for more time. When scheduling a training or presentation, we recommend considering provided more than the required minimum to allow for the greatest impact.

Pride Center Information Presentations
Each training and presentation includes a brief overview of the programs and services available through the Pride Center of the Capital Region. Additionally, our 15-30 minute Pride Center Information Presentations are also available at no cost for agencies, businesses, and community groups seeking to learn more about the many programs and services we offer.

Training and Presentation Fees
To receive a quote, please contact Lyndon Cudlitz, Training and Education Manager at 518-462-6138 x16 or lcudlitz [at] capitalpridecenter [dot] org.

 

 

TRAININGS FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

  • Introduction to LGBTQ Identities & Experiences
  • Introduction to Trans* Identities & Experiences
  • LGBTQ Seniors
  • LGBTQ Youth
  • Introduction to LGBTQ-Affirming Therapy
  • Clinical Considerations: Trans* & Gender Nonconforming Survivors of Sexual Trauma
  • Clinical Considerations: LGBTQ Youth
  • Reducing Suicidality Among LGBTQ Youth
  • Clinical Considerations: An Introduction to Intersectional Identities
Please note: The Pride Center uses the asterisk (*) to reflect the rich diversity of identities and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

 

Introduction to LGBTQ Identities & Experiences
Audience: All
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by LGBTQ communities.
  • Identify challenges faced by and strengths of LGBTQ individuals.
  • Learn effective tools for creating affirming mental health services for LGBTQ people.
  • Improve confidence in providing competent services to the LGBTQ community.

This training addresses sexual orientation and gender identity, common terms and definitions, and the unique experiences of LGBTQ people. Special attention will be given to the challenges LGBTQ people face such as coming out, safety, accessing care, and navigating systems that the LGBTQ community has historically been excluded from or persecuted within. Participants will explore issues of heterosexism, homophobia and transphobia, and will be provided with tools for implementing safer, more affirming mental health services for LGBTQ people.

Introduction to Trans* Identities & Experiences
Audience: All
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of gender identity and gender expression.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by trans* communities.
  • Identify challenges faced by and strengths of trans* individuals.
  • Learn effective tools for implementing affirming mental health services for trans* and gender non-conforming people.
  • Improve confidence in providing competent services to the trans* community.

This training addresses gender identity and expression, transgender identity, and the unique experiences of trans* people. Participants will explore the challenges faced by trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals and are provided with tools to create safer, more affirming mental health services for trans*/GNC people.

LGBTQ Seniors
Audience: Providers of Mental Health Services for Seniors
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by LGBTQ seniors.
  • Identify barriers experienced and strengths of LGBTQ older adults.
  • Learn effective tools for implementing affirming mental health services for LGBTQ seniors.
  • Improve confidence in providing competent services to LGBTQ older adults.

LGBTQ seniors are an increasingly visible population and can face different challenges than their peers. Social isolation and accessing culturally competent mental health services are just a few of the many issues encountered by LGBTQ older adults. This training helps providers understand the unique needs of LGBTQ seniors and the best practices to ensure they can age with dignity and with access to the services and supports they need.

LGBTQ Youth
Audience: Providers of Mental Health Services for Youth
Objectives:

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Increase knowledge of language and terms used by LGBTQ young people.
  • Identify barriers to services experienced by and strengths of LGBTQ youth.
  • Learn effective tools for implementing affirming mental health services for LGBTQ youth.
  • Improve confidence in providing competent services to LGBTQ young people.

Youth are now coming out at a younger age than ever before. Studies are showing that harassment, bullying and intolerance are creating hostile environments for LGBTQ youth to learn and grow. In addition to discussing the identities and coming out process of LGBTQ young people, this training highlights the unique challenges they face and how to create more supportive mental health care environments in which they may thrive.

Introduction to LGBTQ-Affirming Therapy
Audience: Mental Health Providers and Graduate Level Students
Recommended Prerequisite: Introduction to LGBTQ Identities & Experiences; Introduction to Trans* Identities & Experiences
Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of mental health disparities experienced by LGBTQ individuals.
  • Increase knowledge of barriers to mental health services experienced by LGBTQ individuals, couples and families.
  • Identify strategies to enhance psychotherapeutic services to LGBTQ individuals, couples and families.
  • Increase confidence in providing psychotherapy to LGBTQ individuals, couples and families.
  • Increase familiarity with local LGBTQ mental-health related resources.

Participants will increase their knowledge of mental health disparities and barriers to services experienced by LGBTQ individuals. Participants will also be equipped with real-world tools and strategies to reduce these barriers and enhance psychotherapeutic services to LGBTQ individuals, couples and families. Participants will leave the training feeling more confident in their psychotherapeutic skills and knowledge of local resources. With an additional hour, this training will devote specific time towards LGBTQ-affirming couples and family therapy practice, including issues around family building and intimate partner violence.

 

Clinical Considerations: Trans* & Gender Nonconforming Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Audience: Practitioners of Individual Psychotherapy, Sexual Assault Support Workers
Recommended Prerequisite: Introduction to Trans* Identities & Experiences
Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of rates of sexual trauma experienced by trans* and gender non-conforming (GNC) adolescents and adults.
  • Increase knowledge of barriers to supportive services for trans*/GNC sexual trauma survivors.
  • Increase confidence in implementing strategies to enhance the services provided to trans*/GNC sexual trauma survivors.
  • Increase confidence in providing post-sexual trauma direct care to trans*/GNC individuals.
  • Increase familiarity with local LGBTQ mental-health related resources.

Participants will increase their knowledge of rates of sexual trauma experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming adolescents and adults and barriers to existing services for this population. The training will equip participants with real-world tools and strategies to reduce these barriers and enhance post-sexual trauma related services to transgender and gender non-conforming survivors. Participants will leave the training feeling more confident in their skills for direct care and knowledge of local resources.

Clinical Considerations: LGBTQ Youth
Audience: Practitioners of Individual and Family Psychotherapy, Youth Counselors
Recommended Prerequisite: LGBTQ Youth
Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of mental health disparities experienced by LGBTQ youth.
  • Increase knowledge of barriers to effective mental health treatment for LGBTQ youth.
  • Increase confidence in implementing clinical strategies to enhance the mental health services provided to LGBTQ youth.
  • Increase confidence in providing mental health services to LGBTQ youth.
  • Increase familiarity with local LGBTQ mental-health related resources.

Participants will increase their knowledge of mental health disparities and barriers to services experienced by LGBTQ youth. The training will equip participants with real-world tools and strategies to reduce these barriers and enhance psychotherapeutic services to LGBTQ youth. Participants will leave the training feeling more confident in their psychotherapeutic skills and knowledge of local resources.

Reducing Suicidality Among LGBTQ Youth
Audience: Youth Counselors, Practitioners of Individual and Family Psychotherapy
Recommended Prerequisite: LGBTQ Youth
Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of suicide-related risk factors for LGBTQ Youth.
  • Increase knowledge of suicide-related protective factors for LGBTQ Youth.
  • Increase confidence in implementing strategies to enhance suicide-related mental health services to LGBTQ youth.
  • Increase confidence in providing suicide-related mental health services to LGBTQ youth.
  • Increase familiarity with local LGBTQ mental-health related resources.

Participants will increase their knowledge of suicide-related risk and protective factors for LGBTQ Youth. The training will equip participants with real-world tools and strategies to reduce these risk factors, boost protective factors and intervene when necessary with suicidal LGBTQ Youth. Participants will leave the training feeling more confident in their suicide-related mental health skills and knowledge of local resources.

Clinical Considerations: An Introduction to Intersectional Identities
Audience: Practitioners of Individual, Couples and Family Psychotherapy
Recommended Prerequisites: Introduction to LGBTQ Identities & Experiences; Introduction to LGBTQ-Affirming Therapy
Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the concept of intersectional identities.
  • Increase knowledge of health disparities experienced by LGBTQ clients with multiple marginalized population histories.
  • Increase confidence in implementing psychotherapeutic strategies that are inclusive of intersectional identities.
  • Increase familiarity with local LGBTQ mental-health related resources.

Participants will increase their knowledge of the concept of intersectionality, the effect of intersectional identities on mental health, and barriers to treatment services experienced by LGBTQ individuals. The training will equip participants with real-world tools and strategies to reduce these barriers and enhance psychotherapeutic services to LGBTQ individuals with multiple marginalized identities. Participants will leave the training feeling more confident in their psychotherapeutic skills and knowledge of local resources.