Culturally Sensitive CBT Interventions for Anxiety for the LGBTQ Community
Featuring: Dr. Debra A. Hope
Dr. Hope received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University at Albany-State University of New York in 1990 and joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln the same year. Her current research interests include assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders (particularly social phobia) and the impact of stigma on mental health and health care for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Dr. Hope is the director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Rainbow Clinic, both of which are specialty services within the UNL Psychological Consultation Center. She has published over 110 papers on anxiety, cognitive-behavioral treatments, culturally sensitive intervention and assessment, mental health impacts of stigma, and LGBT mental health. In addition to her research and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hope maintains a small private practice.
Dramatic cultural changes in our acceptance and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community have important implications for mental health care for these individuals. And basic and applied research on LGBTQ identities and the unique challenges and opportunities they experience has exploded. This webinar integrates these cultural changes and the latest scientific findings to better prepare clinicians to work effectively with LGBTQ clients seeing treatment for anxiety and depression. We explore the impact of stigma, including in the mental health system, and adaptations of assessment and treatment methodologies. We consider the distinct concerns of individuals who identify as transgender and how interventions for anxiety and depression might differ at various points in their transition, as well as some specific recommendations about how to make a practice more LGBTQ-friendly.