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Providing Culturally Responsive Care to the LGBT Population

The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.


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This training is intended for any provider in contact with LGBT individuals, including MH and SUD clinicians, HIV providers, State, Local and County governments employees, Primary care providers, Public health practitioners, Prevention specialists, Community based organizations, School teachers and counselors. The training includes an introduction to key terms and concepts (such as gender identity and sexual orientation), treatment considerations for clinical work, and addressing the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.




  • Recall two (2) factors that might contribute to substance use among LGBT clients.
  • Identify two (2) barriers for health screening and medical care for LGBT clients.
  • Recognize two (2) health issues/behaviors for which LGBT clients have a higher risk.
  • Identify two (2) strategies service providers can implement to create affirming environments for LGBT people.
  • Specify one (1) treatment approach that has been shown effective with LGBT populations.
  • Explain the concept of “cultural humility” and theorize one (1) way that it differs from “cultural competency.”
  • Analyze two (2) strategies for creating culturally affirming interactions.



Thomas Freese, PhD
Thomas E. Freese received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1995. He is currently Co-Director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). Prior to this, Dr. Freese served as ISAP Director of Training for 20 years. He is also Co-Director of the Pacific Southwest (HHS Region 9) Addictions Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC), funded by SAMHSA, Principal Investigator of the CA Opioid Hub and Spoke Training/TA and Waivered Prescriber Support Initiatives. He has conducted trainings on a wide variety of topics including addressing the opioid epidemic, medication assisted treatment, methamphetamine use, culturally responsive care for LGBTQ individuals, implementing integrated treatment, and screening and brief interventions for risky substance use. Dr. Freese has been a featured presenter at conferences and meetings nationally and internationally and has developed and conducted trainings in 46 US states and internationally.
Grant Hovik, MA
Grant Hovik, MA received his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. Mr. Hovik has worked in the field of substance use disorders through research, training, and technical assistance since 2006. Currently, he is a clinical specialist and trainer for UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC), where he conducts a variety of trainings on evidence-based substance use disorder treatment including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Mr. Hovik is also an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certification Program where he teaches about the science of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.


Participants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive three NAADAC continuing education hours. Certificates will be sent via email within 2 weeks after the training.

Starts: Jun. 7, 2022 11:00 am
Ends: Jun. 7, 2022 2:15 pm
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