Substance Use in the LGBTQ+
Community CASAC Renewal Training
A premier renewal training program provides substance use counselors with the knowledge and confidence
to deliver culturally competent addiction treatment to LGBTQ+ populations.
Encourage. Educate. Empower.
Understanding Substance Use in LGBTQ+ Communities
(6 Clock Hours)
As a substance use counselor, do you:
– Often find it difficult to or pretend to understand LGTQ+ terminology during individual sessions?
– Believe it’s necessary to force your LGBTQ+ clients to reveal their sexual identities?
– Think “coming out” determines the extent of your LGBTQ+ client’s recovery?
– Fail to acknowledge what your LGBTQ+ client wishes to discuss during treatment sessions?
– Intentionally not focus on sexual identity or sexual orientation because of your own personal bias, stigma, or lack of self-awareness.
Think about it —Are you making these mistakes when providing substance use treatment to your LGBTQ+ clients?
If so, you could traumatize them more and reinforce the barriers to substance use treatment.
It’s not uncommon for a person who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning/queer (LGBTQ+) to have had negative experiences in SUD Treatment. Discrimination and stigmatization based on sexual orientation or gender identity happen often. This stigma LGBTQ+ clients often experience is due to an addiction counselor’s cultural bias or lack of awareness.
Building rapport and being an ally to your LGBTQ clients play a crucial role in positive treatment outcomes.
Unfortunately, as addiction counselors, we know that 85% of our clients experience relapse (recurrence) within the first year of treatment. By providing your LGBTQ+ clients with accepting substance use treatment, you’ve removed a huge barrier that would otherwise keep them from coming back after a relapse.
We know that you want to provide the highest standard of substance use counseling to your LGBTQ+ clients.
Therefore, we believe in providing the best SUD counseling. You must continuously sharpen your knowledge and skills to serve the constant changing LGBTQ+ population.
Educational Enhancement CASAC Online provides the highest standard of professional development and continued education for substance use counselors. In the addiction counseling field, continuing education is essential in providing the optimal treatment possible to all the populations we serve.
Substance Use in the LGBTQ+ Community
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) often face social stigma, violence, and discrimination. Because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, their lives may become more complicated than those that don’t share in these experiences. As a result of these and other stressors, LGBTQ+ individuals are at increased risk for various behavioral health issues, such as substance use disorder that impacts their well-being.
When you register for Substance Use in the LGBTQ+ Community, you’ll acquire a clear understanding and strategies to improve your addiction counseling for LGBTQ+ populations.
In Substance Use in the LGBTQ+ Community, you’ll be:
1. Introduced to factors that cause LGBTQ+ populations to have higher rates of alcohol and substance use disorder
2. Able to identify and define the ever-changing terminology used by LGBTQ+ communities
3. Given a distinct outline of the common substances used within the LGBTQ+ communities
4. Presented with the specific LGBTQ+ challenges and barriers to treatment and health care.
5. Presented with a detailed summary of stages of social transition and how to guide your clients through the coming out process.
6. Presented with ways to provide culturally competent and LGBTQ+-specific substance use treatment to your clients with substance use disorders due to their personal LGBTQ+ experiences.
The Table of Contents for Substance Use in the LGBTQ+ Community training includes:
Module 1: Substance Use and Abuse in the LGBTQ+ Community Results of drug use in this population
Module 2: Terms and Concepts Related to LGBTQ+ Issues
Module 3: Common Substances in the LGBTQ+ Community
Module 4: Clinical Issues and Barriers to Treatment
Module 5: Coming Out & Social Transition
Module 6: Culturally Responsive Treatment / Counselor Competence in Treating LGBTQ+ Clients
Module 7: Conclusion
After this training, You’ll gain a new skill set built around both time-tested research and up-to-date movements in sexuality and gender. This knowledge will help you know how to communicate with any individual who might identify somewhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, no matter where they might fall on it specifically.
…Overall I feel that the way the modules were set up made a lot of sense, especially with the way they built off of each other. The pacing was also pretty well done, I never felt overwhelmed and I did pretty well on the tests overall, even with the areas I struggled in.
I’m probably one of the first students trained for the 350 hours of training. I was confident when I went for my exam and passed on my first try. I have been using them for re-credentialing since. Everyone I have referred has been very happy with the Educational Enhancement’s CASAC Training and Renewal program.
I recently finished OASAS CASAC Section 4 with Educational Enhancement CASAC online. The classes are wonderfully written out and are easy to understand, and you can feel the passion for helping others succeed put into this work. When I asked questions about the information, Johnny was quick to reply and help me out. The trainings were set up to work at my speed -between work and school. The information went above and beyond and was taught in a way that sticks in your mind. Thank you.
I will come back for renewal hours once I’m a CASAC.
What can I say about Educational Enhancement? They helped me to become a CASAC. The training programs were informative, easy for me to understand and the trainers were excellent. I still call them when I have a question about training programs, re-credential requirements, and what’s new in the field. I highly recommend Educational Enhancement to anyone seeking CASAC training.
I have been looking for online CASAC at your pace for more than two years. I came across this program last year, and I am so glad that, as a full-time worker, I can do this course at my own pace and in my comfort zone at an affordable price compared to what colleges will take. Thank you all for making this course available for people like me. Looking forward to achieving excellent knowledge from this program. Thanks
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