Loyola University Maryland

Pastoral Counseling Continuing Education Programs

Towards a Cultural Competency

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Towards a Cultural Competency in Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Presented by Erin Deneke, Ph.D., L.P.C. &
Megan McCarthy, M.Ed., C.A.D.C.

Friday, October 3, 2014  
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
6 CE Credits
Register online.

Loyola University Maryland
Columbia Graduate Center
8890 McGaw Road
Columbia, MD 21045

Mental health issues and substance abuse rates continue to be higher in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and Gender Non-Conforming community than in the population as a whole, with many contributing factors. This workshop will utilize lecture and individual and small group exercises
to foster a working knowledge of the vast continuum of sexuality, understand stereotypes and heteronormativity, acquire gender and sexual identity affirming language, and learn clinical treatment considerations and interventions that can be beneficial and supportive when working with LGBT and Gender Non-conforming individuals.

Based on the content of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss personal beliefs and biases related to non-heterosexual orientations and non-cisgender identities.
  • Define sexual and gender identities and explain the process of identity development and coming out.
  • Describe social and institutional discrimination and its negative affect on LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming individuals.
  • Define, identify, and describe microaggressions. 
  • Apply new knowledge and skills to effectively work with LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming individuals in clinical practice.
  • Describe and discuss changes needed in their treatment practices needed to create a safe atmosphere for LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming individuals.
  • List possible referral sources for support of LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming individuals.

About the Presenters

Erin Deneke, Ph.D., L.P.C. is a graduate of Loyola University’s Pastoral Counseling program.  She is currently the Director of Research in an alcohol and drug treatment center and is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Reading, Pennsylvania.  She is on the Executive Committee of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44:  Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues and Co-Chair of the Division 44 Taskforce on Religion and Spirituality.  She has presented at the local, regional, and national level on issues related to substance abuse, trauma, bullying, spirituality, and domestic violence.  She has authored and co-authored a number of scholarly articles.  Her clinical interests are in spiritual woundedness in the LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming populations and in the treatment of trauma.

Megan McCarthy earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology at West Chester University.  She completed her graduate degree in Human Sexuality at Widener University in 2013.  Ms. McCarthy’s work has focused on increasing public awareness and knowledge about the LGBTQ community, with a special emphasis on transgender rights and education.  She is currently employed in an inpatient drug and alcohol facility, working closely with women who struggle with acceptance of sexual orientation, sexual compulsion and histories of sexual trauma.  She also educates staff around how to create safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ clients.