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Adapting Clinical Skills to Telehealth With LGBTQ+ Youth

Applications of Affirmative Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

About the Course

Marginalized populations, such as LGBTQ+ youth, continue to have behavioral health needs and may lack access to behavioral health resources. The COVID-19 pandemic complicates the behavioral health needs of LGBTQ+ youth as this population experiences isolation at home and lack of access to other support systems. Telehealth can provide LGBTQ+ youth with behavioral health resources in the midst of the stressors caused by COVID-19. This article describes one program, AFFIRM, that can overcome barriers to behavioral health and provide LGBTQ+ with quality cognitive/behavioral treatment via telehealth.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Adapting Clinicial Skills to Telehealth: Applications of Affirmative Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy With LGBTQ+ Youth created by Shelley L. Craig, PhD, LCSW, RSW, et al. in 2022.

Publication Date:

Clinical Social Work Journal (2021) 49:471–483 2021

Course Material Authors

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Shelley L. Craig, PhD, LCSW, RSW

Shelley L. Craig is a full Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and holds a Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth. Dr. Craig’s program of research focuses on cultivating resilience in marginalized populations through innovative, community-based interventions. Her primary specializations are: (1) understanding the needs of sexual and gender minority youth (SGMY), particularly the role of information and communication technologies on their mental health and wellbeing (2) developing of tailored interventions to address the mental health disparities of SGMY (3) exploring the skills and interventions used by health social workers to impact the social determinants of health (3) developing competent social work practitioners through effective social work education. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Gio Iacono, PhD

Gio Iacono, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. His areas of practice and research specialization are LGBTQ+ youth mental health, youth resilience, promoting diversity and inclusion within social work education, and mindfulness-based treatment approaches. Dr. Iacono primarily focuses on intervention and community-based participatory research. He has a particular expertise in delivering psychotherapy to vulnerable and marginalized populations, particularly youth. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Rachael Pascoe, MSW

Ms. Pascoe has social work practice experience in the fields of concurrent disorders, violence prevention, and trauma-specific therapy. Rachael’s most recent clinical experience involves working with children and youth who have trauma from experiencing interpersonal violence, children displaying concerning sexual behaviours, and adolescents who have sexually harmed. She developed and cofacilitates the Radius Child and Youth Services Group Therapy program for adolescents who have sexually harmed. She has had her work published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, LP
Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, received his degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, in 2005. From 2004-2006, he taught courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human sexuality at Collin College in Plano, TX. He currently practices individual therapy at the Department of Sexual Medicine at Park Nicollet Health Health Services near Minneapolis, MN.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Idenitify the advantagies of using telehealth, such as the AFFIRM program, to deliver behavioral health services to LGBTQ+ youth.
  3. List at least five strategies to enhancing telehealth services to LGBTQ+ youth.

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