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Intersectional Stressors & Strengths: Working with LGBTQ+ Clients of Color in Mental Health and Behavioral Health Treatment
Saturday, October 07, 2023, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Category: Virtual Trainings

Training Description:

LGBTQ+ Clients of Color confront multiple systems of social oppression, such as racism, cissexism, and heterosexism, which results in unique, intersectional stressors and compounding stress. These experiences are thought to contribute to high rates of mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Nevertheless, LGBTQ+ Clients of Color have distinctive strengths that buffer the worst of societal oppression’s consequences. Due to bias, mental health and behavioral health settings have either neglected or ill-treated this community leading to further harm. Therefore, there remain opportunities within these environments to learn how to alleviate these toxic stressors and leverage LGBTQ+ Clients of Color’s strengths to improve mental health outcomes. During this interactive workshop, Hayden Dawes demonstrates how to identify these stressors and mitigate their consequences while bolstering the client’s inner resources and strengths. Participants will practice creating person-centered case formulations encompassing a holistic care approach. The workshop will focus on providing treatment using a variety of possible treatment approaches. Special attention will be given to issues regarding the development and maintenance of rapport and provider bias. Participants will receive 2 CE Credits. 

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe major psychosocial stressors and strengths associated with LGBTQ+ people of color
  • Analyze and discuss how these stressors may be dissimilar to stressors experienced by LGBTQ+ White people and Non-LGBTQ+ people of color
  • Describe personal biases that may impede relational processes with LGBTQ+ people of color in mental health and behavioral health treatment
  • Formulate a treatment plan using various approaches to mental health and behavioral health interventions working with LGBTQ+ 


Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS earned his Masters’ of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University in 2014. Following graduation, he provided mental health treatment and case management to diverse populations in various settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and the community.  His practice experience includes hospital social work, mental health, and addiction treatment, in addition to people involved in the legal system. Although grounded in relational-experiential approaches to mental health treatment, Hayden has been trained in advanced trauma modalities and remains curious about all forms of mental health treatments. In service to the profession, he has served as communications chair of the board of directors and vice-president to the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work. Hayden is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work.  His research is in examining the psychosocial challenges impacting people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals. He is also interested in seeking advanced methods to intervene on providers’ implicit and explicit biases. In response to racial injustice within the mental health practitioner community, Hayden wrote an article that was featured on Medium titled “An Invitation to White Therapists” it has since been widely used in direct practice education, consultation, and supervision.

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