Attending to the Needs of LGBTQIA+ Clients of Color in Clinical Practice

  • 12 Mar 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar
  • 135

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     Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS

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LGBTQIA+ clients of color, who inhabit two oppressed identities, often face higher rates of mood disorders, along with other social challenges compared to their White counterparts in the LGBTQIA+ community and from their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts within their racial and ethnic communities. To attend to these dynamics, mental health clinicians must be equipped with frameworks to attune to this population's needs. In this workshop, we will utilize the cultural humility and intersectionality frameworks to support our work in building a deeper connection with LGBTIA+ Clients of Color.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define intersectionality and identify how it can be applied to psychotherapy with LGBTQIA clients of color
  • Define cultural humility and identify how it can be applied to psychotherapy with LGBTQIA clients of color
  • Identify ways to take a culturally humble stance within the therapeutic relationships with LGBTIA+ clients of color
  • Identify ways that mental health systems can address power imbalances between providers and the LGBTIA+ community 


Hayden Dawes obtained his MSW from North Carolina State University and is an LCSW. Currently, he is a Social Work Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He studies mental health equity for LGBTQIA+ People of Color and is the curator of #RadicalPermission. His practice experience includes hospital social work, mental health, and addiction treatment, in addition to people involved in the legal system. Although grounded in relational-experiential approaches to mental health treatment, Hayden has been trained in advanced trauma modalities and remains curious about all forms of mental health treatments. He is also interested in seeking advanced methods to intervene on providers' implicit and explicit biases. In response to racial injustice within the mental health practitioner community, Hayden wrote an article featured on Medium titled "An Invitation to White Therapists." It has since been widely used in direct practice education, consultation, and supervision.

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