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This workshop has been organised by the Manchester Branch. This event is taking place face-to-face only and will not be recorded.Venue: Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. Venue website Times: 1pm to 4.30pm, with registration from 12.45pm. Refreshments are included.A certificate of attendance will be issued for 3 hours CPD. Registration closes at Midday on Friday 24 November.SynopsisThis workshop offers an introduction to working with the LGBTQ+ community within a CBT framework. It will help develop knowledge, awareness and understanding in order for practitioners to be well equipped when working with the LGBTQ+ community.
The workshop will cover historical, cultural and societal factors that have resulted in a higher prevalence of mental health difficulties in the LGBTQ+ community compared to heterosexual and cisgender individuals. It will include contemporary discussions, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community.
The pandemic has impacted the LGBTQ+ community and from recent Stonewall reports, we are aware that LGBTQ+ people, particularly older LGBTQ+ people, are more likely to be socially isolated. Furthermore, LGBTQ+ communities already experience high rates of domestic abuse from partners and family members, which is likely to have been exacerbated by the lockdown measures. Many individuals also reported having to hide their own identity from family members and not having anyone to talk to. Moreover, the pandemic had an impact on LGBTQ+ specialist support services, which have only been operating remotely or not at all and this will have had a significant impact on the quality of support provided to LGBTQ+ people and will have further compounded feelings of loneliness.The session is aimed at clinicians with prior experience of using CBT for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders in adults. It will give an insight into the key considerations for how to develop a clinical practice to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community, both in access issues and practice.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
Understand the key difficulties facing the LGBTQ+ community in the 21st century
Understand the key considerations for LGBTQ+ individuals accessing mental health support
Consider how to overcome barriers for LGBTQ+ individuals in accessing mental health support
Understand, and practice, the ‘appropriate’ awareness framework (Laville, 2017)
Develop understanding of formulations that include mental health difficulties and minority identity
Consider how to advance clinical work with the LGBTQ+ community
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