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NALGAP Webinar Series

Addressing a Quadruple Diagnosis in Gay Men
October 6, 2011 1:00 PM EST

Gay men seeking treatment often have multiple diagnoses. How these diagnoses interact with each other make for a complicated client, and not addressing or assessing each component may contribute to relapse potential. The four key areas are mental health (especially severe depression), substance abuse (especially crystal meth), sexual compulsive behavior and health issues (especially HIV/AIDS). We will discuss the interaction of these four diagnoses and treatment approaches that work.

Learning Goals and Objectives

  • Understand the relationship of long-term HIV diagnosis to relapse among gay men
  • Develop patient tools that include sexual behavior as part of relapse prevention
  • Become comfortable talking about issues confronting gay men who use crystal meth
  • Describe the relationship between abuse of crystal meth and sexual behavior in gay men
  • Identify what crystal meth is, how it is made, and what it does in the body
  • Name three treatment approaches that work in treating crystal meth abuse

About the Speaker

Joe Amico is President of NALGAP: The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies. Joe has been working in the addictions field for 30+ years and has served as an addictions counselor, chaplain, program director, administrator and radio show talk host. He is a well- known, international speaker on LGBTQ addiction issues.

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Meeting the Addiction Treatment Needs of LGBT Persons with Co-occurring Disorders
November 15, 2011 1 PM EST

Members of sexual minorities have special needs that must be addressed in order to provide effective treatment for their addictions as well as co-occurring psychological and behavioral problems. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons with psychiatric disorders may experience a delay in diagnosis of addiction and may be prescribed medications that are unsafe for them. Alternatively, undiagnosed psychiatric illness may complicate primary addiction treatment and undermine ongoing recovery in these populations. This Webinar will review commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders in LGBT populations, their clinical presentation, and special issues affecting addiction, its treatment and recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and recognize the three most common psychiatric disorders in gay men, and identify and recognize the three most common psychiatric disorders in lesbians
  • In persons with trauma-related illnesses, alert providers to risks associated with certain psychopharmacologic interventions and suggest safer pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic alternatives
  • Refer persons to appropriate mutual support systems for co-occurring sexual compulsivity, sexual abuse issues and domestic violence.

About the Speaker

Penelope P. Ziegler, MD, FASAM, is a member of the NALGAP board. In addition, she serves as Medical Director of Virginia Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She is Board-certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

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Providing Trauma Informed Services for the LGBTQI Community
December 8, 2011 1:00 PM EST

According to SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) "Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives." Providers can benefit from understanding the difficulty for LGBTQI victims to receive services for healthcare and also for those in need of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other addictive disorders. Information about special considerations in working with victims of same-gender violence, and also individuals who identify as LGBTQI and are victims of opposite gender sexual violence, will be reviewed. Resources for victims and survivors and trauma informed-interventions will be included.

Learning Objectives

  • Review prevalence and consequences of interpersonal violence as it pertains to LGBT individuals.
  • Describe how to create a safe environment for LGBTQI individuals with a history of trauma.
  • Learn resources for trauma survivors and when to make appropriate referrals.

About the Speaker

Philip T. McCabe, CSW, CAS, CDVC, DRCC, is a Health Educator at the UMDNJ -School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, LGBT Healthcare Initiative and LGBT Faculty Consultant for UMDNJ-School of Nursing; NALGAP's President-Elect and Board of Directors member; a member of the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault Board of Trustees; and a member of the NJ Governors Advisory Committee on Sexual Violence-Prevention and Public Education Committee.

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