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The Gender Continuum and LGBTQ Issues in Addiction Treatment

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Edward Cannon

on 14 October 2013

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The Gender Continuum and LGBTQ Issues in
Addictions Treatment

LGBTQ folks in Treatment - How are we doing?
Understanding Constructs
LGBTQ World - Guided Imagery
Q & A
Is sexual orientation a choice?
"The Pitiful State of LGBT Substance Abuse Treatment Availability" by Michael Shelton, Feb 29, 2012 - addictionpro.com

180 lesbian, gay, and bisexual participants asked about Tx experiences
Overall satisfaction
ability to be open
amount of support from staff
Published 2001, recommended: "A commitment should be made at every level of the program, from the board of directors to direct line staff, to design and deliver services in a manner sensitive to the needs of LGBT individuals."
Cochran, B., Peavy, K., & Robhom, J. (2007). Substance Use and Misuse, 42, 161-176.
Telephone contact with 854 providers who were identified as having specialized programs for LGBT individuals
Published: August 8, 2012
What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?
Biological Sex - Our anatomy as male, female, or intersex (sex organs, chromosomes, hormones)
Gender Identity - Gender role that a person claims
Gender Expression - How a person behaves appears or presents
Sexual Orientation - Enduring emotional, romantic, sexual and relational attraction to another.
Heterosexism -a system of attitudes, bias, and discrimination in favor of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships. It can include the presumption that other people are heterosexual or that opposite-sex attractions and relationships are the only norm and therefore superior.
Homophobia -a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being LGB.
Transphobia- a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards non-gender conforming people.
The Gender bread Person
Senreich, E. (2009). Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 3, 177-197.
"LGBT specialized treatment was the only program treatment factor that was a statistically significant predictor of current abstinence." (p. 190)
605 programs (70%) acknowledged no specialized programs existed
79 programs (9%) described themselves as "non-discriminating"
34 programs (4%) described themselves as "accepting"
Only 62 programs (7%) indicated specialized LGBT programming.
More recommendations -

Get to know LGBTQ folks
Statements of non-discrimination
Have LGBTQ reading materials, art, symbols, etc. visible
Forms, intakes, etc.
Ask yourself: do you consider heterosexuality to be superior?
LGBT World -
Guided Imagery
by Brian McNaught
Name some of the things you felt during the exercise
How did it feel to be singled out in school, at work, and in a crisis?
How would you have know with whom it was safe to talk?
How could your family and friends let you know that it was safe to talk to them?
Combatting Heterosexism
There's pressure on girls too! - Jaime Moore
Edward Cannon, Ph.D., LPC
University of Colorado Denver

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