This presentation will provide an overview of the content needed for cultural competence in mental health practice with sexual minority clients. The presentation will define key terms about sexuality and gender and describe the best-supported theoretical model for explaining sexual orientation-related health disparities, the sexual minority stress model. Once participants have been exposed to practical knowledge of relevant terms and an overarching theoretical model, the presentation will highlight some of the clinical competencies for working with sexual minority clients, as well as pragmatic suggestions for structural elements of their practice setting and additional information and training on this topic.
1) Define terminology on sexual orientation and gender identity relevant to clinical practice.
2) Describe the sexual minority stress model, the leading theoretical model for understanding sexual orientation-related health disparities.
3) Understand some general and specific therapy competencies that are helpful for working with sexual minority clients.
David Pantalone, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as an Affiliated Investigator at The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health, the largest sexual and gender minority-focused (SGM) healthcare, education, and research facility in the U.S. He completed his training in public policy at Brown University, and in clinical psychology at the University of Washington. Dr. Pantalone has been a Co-PI/Co-I for numerous NIH-funded studies to improve mental health, decrease substance use, address sexual health concerns, and improve coping with identity-based discrimination for members of vulnerable, stigmatized groups. Most of his work has centered on developing behavioral intervention to improve outcomes for those affected by the U.S. HIV epidemic, especially sexual minority men. Dr. Pantalone has co-authored approximately 120 scientific publications and 170 clinical/research presentations. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, sits on multiple journal editorial boards including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and serves as Associate Editor of the journal Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Dr. Pantalone is Past President of APA's Division 44 and as one of eight members of the APA Task Force for the 2020 Revision of the Professional Practice Guidelines for Sexual Minority Clients.