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Treatment Considerations for LGBTQ+ People who use Substances

Substance Use Disorder affects the LGBTQ community at a higher rate than the general population. Unique challenges like stigma, shame, and lack of support can impede access to treatment. As a service provider, it's important to create a welcoming and accepting environment, reduce stigma, and tailor treatments to the needs of LGBTQ individuals. Abstinence based recovery may be the key for some, where harm-reduction strategies may be more appropriate for others. By providing culturally competent treatment, we increase our clients’ chances of achieving lasting recovery.

  • Educate Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals with SUD
  • Describe effective methods for treating and connecting with LGBTQ+ clients
  • Learn to provide effective and culturally competent treatment to the LGBTQ+ population
Presenter Information:

Darla Belflower LCSW, CPS has worked in leadership in the substance use disorder and behavioral health fields for over three decades. She is currently the Clinical Director at Healing House. She has a passion for teaching others what she has learned in those years. She is Vice Chair of the KC Recovery Coalition, serves on the board of the MO Coalition of Recovery Support Providers and is a member of The MO Department of Mental Health State Advisory Council. Darla obtained her MSW from the KU, and she has a BS in Psychology and Alcohol and Drug Studies from MO Valley College. Darla is a person in recovery and author of the book, “I Am Not Anonymous.”

This training has been approved for 1-hour by the Missouri Credentialing Board and the Iowa Board of Certification. Please email Bree at [email protected] for any questions.

Starts: Jun. 13, 2024 1:00 pm
Ends: Jun. 13, 2024 2:00 pm
Registration Deadline
June 13, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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