Past Event

Anti-oppressive Clinical Work with LGBTQ+ People of Color with Mental Health and/or Substance Misuse Concerns

March 5, 2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Online Live Event

$90 with 3 Live- Online CE hours provided. See registration page for all CE and discount information 


Description and Objectives

There is heterogeneity in how the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) population experiences minority stress. LGBTQ+ people of color (POC) experience elevated vulnerability to oppression based on their exposure to racism and cis-heterosexism which contributes to unique mental health and substance misuse concerns (Devin English, Rendina, & Parsons, 2018; Sarno, Mohr, Jackson, & Fassinger, 2015). Using an intersectional framework (Crenshaw, 1991), this 3-hour webinar is designed to provide participants with strategies for culturally sensitive clinical practice with LGBTQ+ POC with mental health and/or substance misuse concerns. This dynamic webinar will support understanding of how interlocking multi-level manifestations of racism and cisheterosexism contribute to mental health and substance misuse disparities among LGBTQ+ POC. Furthermore, participants will be invited to explore how their own social positioning relates to dynamics of power and oppression within practice – an integral step to building an anti-racist, anti-cisheterosexist, and anti-oppressive practice.

Upon completing the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify disparities in mental health and substance use disorder among LGBTQ+ POC compared to the general LGBTQ+ population and cisgender-heterosexual population
  • Explain the multi-level contributions of interpersonal and systemic racism and cisheterosexism to disparities in mental health and substance use disorder among LGBTQ+ POC compared with the general LGBTQ+ population and cisgender-heterosexual population
  • Identify strategies for effective culturally-sensitive individual and group work with LGBTQ+ POC specific to the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders



Dr. Sara Matsuzaka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received a BA from Tufts University, an MSW from Florida Atlantic University, and a PhD from Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Sciences. As a clinician, she has worked in a variety of addiction and mental health outpatient and inpatient treatment settings in New York and Florida. Currently, she has a private practice in New York City. As an academic, her research examines the relationships between multi-level oppression, intersectionality, and addiction and mental health inequities within the LGBTQ+ population.


Please see registration page for ALL event information including how to access the event, CE details, and special accommodations.


Contact Information

Office of Professional Excellence