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Trauma-Informed Healing for LGBTQIA+ Communities

June 6, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST

$10.00 – $100.00

This session will begin with an overview of key terminology and health outcomes for the LGBTQIA+ community. We will discuss trauma genesis and review the impact that trauma, microaggressions, discrimination, and systemic heterosexism and cissexism have on the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of LGBTQIA+ individuals. This course will look at how unintended bias affects the LGBTQIA community as well as examine how medical and mental healthcare have historically been significant sources of trauma. Participants will enhance their awareness of privilege and gain tools to monitor heteronormativity and cisnormativity. During the course, we will examine what affirmative treatment approaches look like and how to adapt assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to conceptualize clients from multiple intersections of identity. We will explore how to integrate trauma-informed care principles into affirmative treatment and healing. The final section will review how to engage in appropriate advocacy efforts and allyship as well as locate supportive local and national resources.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the vocabulary of this population (homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, cissexism, heteronormativity, and cisnormativity) and understand the impact each has on LGBTQIA+ individuals.
  2. Participants will enhance their knowledge of how trauma affects the body and brain and increase awareness of trauma experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community, including in medical and mental healthcare.
  3. Participants will conceptualize LGBTQIA+ clients from a multicultural and trauma-informed lens with considerations for intersectionality, minority stress, and internalized homophobia and transphobia.
  4. Participants will identify affirmative approaches to healthcare and counseling when working with LGBTQIA+ clients and patients.
  5. Participants will integrate trauma-informed principles into affirmative care when working with the LGBTQIA+ population.
  6. Participants will identify local and national resources as well as recognize appropriate advocacy efforts and allyship for LGBTQIA+ populations.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized scope of expertise or license of professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.

Additionally, many of the topics being taught would require supervision and/or mentorship is not included in this course.

CE Credits

Credits listed below are for full attendance of the live training.  Attendees will sign in upon arrival and after lunch.  At the end of the training, attendees will be given an evaluation to complete.  After completing the evaluation attendees will receive a certificate of completion for the training.

Arizona Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6677. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Trauma Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

CE Hours Awarded: 8 Platinum & Gold Options only.  Arizona Trauma Institute does not issue partial certificates of completion.

NOTE: Credits do not include time for breaks or lunch.

Presenter – Jessica “Jess” Fletcher, MC, LPC, CCTS-I

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jessica “Jess” Fletcher is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), providing mental health counseling to youth and adults in Arizona. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Individuals (CCTS-I) and practices as a LGBTQIA+, poly, kink affirmative clinician. Jess received her Master of Counseling degree at Arizona State University.

She currently works in a private practice, which advocates for affirmative, inclusive care and approaches healing from a health and wellness perspective. Jess has experience counseling in multidisciplinary and community settings such as homes, schools, and integrated medical clinics. She is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and has completed additional training on counseling and supporting gender expansive youth and adults through a program provided by Mercy Care and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Previously, Jess volunteered in the prison system as a psychology and creative writing teacher. In addition to her clinical work, Jess currently co-manages a nonprofit literary journal, Iron City Magazine: Creative Expressions By and For the Incarcerated, which publishes art and writing by those with indirect and direct experience with incarceration.


Event Location:

Arizona Trauma Institute
49 South Sycamore Street, Suite 2
Mesa, Arizona 85202


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June 6, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
$10.00 – $100.00
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Arizona Trauma Institute


In-Person; Live-Webinar
49 S. Sycamore, #2
Mesa, AZ 85202 United States
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