Fairfield Launches First-of-its-Kind Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health Online Certificate

Fairfield Launches First-of-its-Kind Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health Online Certificate

The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions is now accepting applications for a 12-credit certificate program for mental health professionals who want to serve a diverse range of sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth and adults.

Now accepting applications, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) will offer mental health professionals the chance to take part in a first-of-its kind online certificate program that provides the resources, skills, and self-awareness needed to feel confident working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals. Suited for marriage and family therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and more, the 12-credit certificate culminates in a capstone course in which students create and implement a project, program, or product that impacts LGBTQ mental health.

“Many of us are serving LGBTQ clients in our practices, but have received very little training in this area in our graduate programs,” said Erica Hartwell, PhD, associate professor of marriage and family therapy, and program director of the Certificate in Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health. “Most students and professionals I meet are eager to learn more so they can better serve their clients, but do not know where to access additional training. This certificate was created to bridge that gap and provide clinicians with everything they need to work confidently and effectively with clients of all sexual and gender identities.”

The program, designed for working professionals or graduate students, consists of one year of flexible, online learning that can fit into any busy schedule. Students will take part in a three-day, on-campus residency in July that serves as an orientation and the beginning of coursework. The program is designed to be a highly engaging, interactive online experience taught by passionate and knowledgeable experts. Students will focus on intersectional, relational, life cycle, and self-reflective perspectives to foster a holistic view of both client and clinician.

Coursework includes an emphasis on the minority stress model to understand the impact of the stigma on mental health; an analysis of sexual and gender minority health disparities; barriers and pathways to accessing treatment; theoretical and evidence-based approaches to treatment; and mental health prevention and promotion. In addition, students will get in-depth training to work with transgender and gender minority clients as well as LGBTQ youth and their families.

The application deadline is June 15, 2019. Space is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. To learn more, please visit the certificate web page.

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Last modified: 04-26-19 8:55 AM

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