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Members of the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) community are at increased risk for mental health concerns, substance use, and youth homelessness. For helping professionals to competently serve LGBTQ+ clients, they must understand the language of identity, the cultural uniqueness of the LGBTQ+ community, and the impact of heterosexism. This interactive workshop strives to explore the ethical principles that guide competent work with marginalized populations, foster a better understanding of issues facing LGBTQ+ clients, and provide participants with specific tools that can be utilized to create safe, supportive, and affirming therapeutic relationships with their LGBTQ+ clients.


Michael Thull, LCSW is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he also serves as BSW field director. He holds an additional faculty appointment at NC A&T State University where he teaches clinical courses in the Joint Master of Social Work Program. Mike maintains a private practice in Winston-Salem where he provides clinical supervision, licensing exam tutoring, and psychotherapy. Prior to entering private practice, his clinical experience included emergency medical social work, inpatient behavioral health, and crisis intervention.

 Winston-Salem Clinical Lecture Series, a joint program of UNC School of Social Work and Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine


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