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News and Observations

 

Information of interest to our clients, potential clients and consultants, on a range of topics, including but not limited to new developments at Gil Gerald & Associates, new resources available, and on topics such as cultural competency in serving LGBT individuals and families.

Wednesday
Feb232011

LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project Seeks Advisors

Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. is supportive of the LGBTQ Reducing Disparities Project. LGBTQ advisory groups are being organized to support statewide planning efforts in California for mental health services. As is more fully explained in the application for membership in an advisory group, there is a statewide planning process underway for the implementation of mental health services in California under the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63). 

 The list of advisory groups is as follows: African American/African descent/Black/SGL; Asian & Pacific Islander; Bisexual; Consumer/Client; County Mental/Behavioral Health Staff; Family and Couples Issues; Latino; Native American; Older Adult; Research and Data Analysis; Rural; School-Based Issues; Transition-Age Youth; and Women’s Issues.

 Please take the time to review the attached invitation and application, and should you decide to apply, please do so by the deadline, February 28.  LGBTQ community members and their allies are encouraged to apply. Please also pass this information along to others in your network who may be interested. Thank you very much for your support and interest in this project.

Wednesday
Dec082010

Family Acceptance Makes A Difference in the Health of LGBT Adolescents

A study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, entitled Acceptance in Adolescence and the Health of LGBT Young Adults (Ryan C, Russell S T, Huebner D, Diaz R, Sanchez J, 2010), found that "family acceptance, predicts greater self-esteem, social support, and general health status; and it also protects against depression, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation and behaviors." The researchers concluded that "family acceptance of LGBT adolescents is associated with positive young adult mental and physical health. Interventions that promote parental and caregiver acceptance of LGBT adolescents are needed to reduce health disparities." The article is available at the website of the Family Acceptance Project.

Thursday
Dec022010

Healthy People 2020 Includes A Section on LGBT Health

Healthy People 2020, the US Government's framework of health objectives for the next ten years, for the first time, includes a plan section dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health. Visit Healthy People 2020 for more details.

Saturday
Nov062010

Farewell to A Father

Gil Gerald's father passed away on November 6, 2010 and Gil wanted to share notes he made of his farewell, but not last, conversation with his father.

Tuesday
Oct262010

New Report Highlights Discrimination Encountered By Transgender Individuals Seeking Health Care Services

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force just released the National Transgender Discrimination Survey Report on Health and Health Care. The report is the result of a survey of 6,450 individuals. The findings include: high levels of postponement of medical care; significant hurdles to accessing health care; harassment and violence in medical settings; lack of provider knowledge; and other barriers, including higher risk fordiscrimination for trangender individuals of color.

Tuesday
Oct052010

New Introductory Course on Cultural Responsiveness in Serving LGBT Individuals and Families Offered by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. 

CE-0000, Cultural Responsiveness in Serving LGBT Individuals and Families, worth 3 hours of continuing education, is now available at the Gil Gerald & Associates website. This course is an introduction recommended before taking any of the other courses related to serving the LGBT community, and is offered through LGBT ACCESS, one of two Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. services providing technical assistance and training in cultural competency in serving LGBTQQI/SGL/2-S individuals and families. The course is authored by Michele J. Eliason, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. A minimum passing score of 70% and a processing fee $30 is required to receive a continuing education certificate.   This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs and/or Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, provided by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc., PCE 4584.  Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, #4C-08-582-0312.   

Sunday
Sep122010

On The Streets, a Center for American Progress Report, Places the Spotlight on the Needs of Homeless LGBTQQI Youth

The Center for American Progress, a Washington, DC based think tank, released On the Street, a report highlighting the plight of homeless LGBTQQI youth and providing policy recommendations for federal action. "The federal government has the power to implement a number of programs to reduce and eventually eliminate the over-representation of gay and transgender youth among the nation’s homeless population as well as to eliminate youth homelessness entirely."

Saturday
Sep112010

New Online Course for California Alcohol and Drug Counselors and California Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Professionals

CE-0001, Working with Sexual Minority Youth, worth 6 hours of continuing education, is now available at the Gil Gerald & Associates website. The course is offered through LGBT ACCESS, one of two Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc. services providing technical assistance and training in cultural competency in serving LGBTQQI/SGL/2-S individuals and families. The course is authored by Michele J. Eliason, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. A minimum passing score of 70% and a processing fee $60 is required to receive a continuing education certificate.   This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs and/or Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, provided by Gil Gerald & Associates, Inc., PCE 4584.  Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, #4C-08-582-0312.