Counselor Competence for Treating LGBT Clients

$20.00 | CE Hours:5.00 | Intermediate


CE Course Description

This CE course addresses the potential interaction among substance abuse, recovery issues, and the coming out process; the family dynamics that are important in working with LGBT individuals; the clinical issues and concerns specific to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender clients; and the approach to assessment and treatment of LGBT youth.

Article Author: Emily McNally, Ph.D., et al.
Exam writer:  Patricia Hocking-Walker, M.S. (Psychology)

CE Course Objectives

1.  Discuss the primary goal of treatment.

2.  Explain what professional counselors need to have awareness of in order to work effectively with LGBT clients.

3.  Examine what is and is not appropriate to ask each client about during assessment.

4.  Elucidate essential elements in prevention and treatment of substance abuse in LGBT youth.

5.  Identify at which stage of treatment the counselor should suggest attendance at gay- or lesbian-affiliated AA or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings.

6.  Describe the client behavior that is crucial to recovery from substance abuse.

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.

To see approvals for a different license type in your state, visit our state by state provider approval listings here.


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Added On: 2017-07-02

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