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P44. LGBTQQIA & Addiction Intro for Providers

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LGBTQQIA & Addiction Intro for Providers

Learner category:

  • Beginning Level
  • Novice Level
  • Intermediate Level

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn about specific needs and barriers to services of the LGBT Community
  • Participants will familiarize themselves with key terms
  • Participants will make considerations for clinical work with LGBT individuals.



This workshop will be an intro to The YMSM + LGBT Center of Excellence full-day training, “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition),” which is intended for any providers in contact with LGBT individuals. Since SAMHSA released the first version in 2001, equality for the LGBT community has shifted in a more positive direction. However, shame, stigma, bullying, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia still create barriers for many LGBT people to access and receive affirming care.


Jesse Heffernan
Recovery Coach Professional Designation Helios Recovery Services LLC

Jesse Heffernan is a person in long-term substance use and mental health recovery for over 19 years. Through his volunteerism and professional career, he has helped develop several mental health and substance use community programs and served as the program director for one of Wisconsin’s three mental health peer-run mental health respite facilities. As the co-owner of Helios recovery services, he has been providing recovery coach training for the last 5 years throughout the Midwest as well as suicide prevention training and mental health awareness campaigns. He lives in WI with his wife and 4 children, enjoying all things in geek culture, disc golf, and coffee. It is his belief that Recovery is a process of moving from surviving to thriving as a whole person.

Comments (2)

  1. Dennis Hagarty

    Thank you very informative.

  2. Rita Hanuschock

    Very good poster and accompanying presentation.
    You should develop this into a breakout session & submit to the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference (APNA)

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