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Webinar Description

LGBTQ individuals are at an elevated risk of experiencing suicidality and suicide, and there is a need for treatment modalities that can address the unique needs of this community when providing treatment. We know that culturally competent care is one of the most important protective factors for members of the LGBTQ community.


This course will help attendees gain competency and awareness of the community and unique elements for providing care. It will provide updated information on recent research regarding the issues and evidence based care, as well as how standard practices can be modified to meet the unique needs of this population. It will also provide necessary ethical information about confidentiality and mandated reporting when working with Suicidality and the LGBTQ community.


Kalliroi Matsakis, LICSW LCSW-C, is a trauma informed expressive therapist. Kalea has worked in many parts of the mental health system, including crisis intervention and as a therapist in both private and community practice. Her focus is on the LGBTQ community, dissociation and suicidality. Currently, she serves as the Clinical Director at the Wanda Alston Foundation.



  1. Welcome and Music
  2. Data on vulneralbilities LGBTQ Comunity
    1. Trauma
    2. Economic/housing
    3. Suicidality
  3. Introduction to Identity and Sexual Orientation 
    1. Terminology
    2. Pronouns and how to use them (Speed dating introduction using pronouns)
    3. Queer Joy and Gender Euphoria (video)
    4. Myths and Stereotypes
    5. Video and Small group practice of how to apologize.
    6. How to learn more

Break listening to a music: Self reflection question of what an individual can do to learn more signal safety

  1. Suicide Prevention (31)
    1. Suicidality in the LGBTQ comunities
      1. Risk factors
      2. Root causes
    2. Practice coping skill for providers (loving kindness meditation)
    3. Prevention
      1. Creating safe spaces
      2. Continuum of Care
    4. Safety planning and treatment
    5. Small group practice asking suicide assessment questions
    6. Check in
  2. Data: Collection, 
  3. HIPAA and Data Protection
    1. LGBTQ confidentiality in particular

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will increase knowledge and experience necessary for LGBTQ culturally competent care and suicide prevention
  • Participants will increase knowledge through data and reasearch regarding LGBTQ suicide rates, causes and treatment
  • Participants will learn about best practice and particular need for confidentiality with LGBTQ clients and Suicide Prevention
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an advanced level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 4 Hours

This Webinar Offers 4 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
    • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437
    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
    • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082

Official information:

Refunds: Registrants who are unable to attend a Thrapy Express seminar or live webinars may ask for, and will receive, a credit or refund (your choice). Refund requests will be processed within 3 business days. When an attendee knows in advance that they are unable to attend we ask that they inform Thrapy Express ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or by calling or texting (631) 202-1010 this allows us to free up the spot in the training in the event that a training is at or near capacity.
Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
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