LGBTQQI: Understanding the Acronyms

About the Course
When working with gender and sexual diversity, clinicians may be confronted by an abundance of terminology with which they are unfamiliar. Terms such as gender nonconforming, non-binary, and cisgender may not have been in use when they were earning their degrees but are in increasing use in the professional literature and in the LGBTQQI world. Because there is now a wide array of terminology, this intermediate level course provides vital information for professionals to educate themselves in order to provide appropriate care for their clients and to ensure that they not do or say anything that can be seen as discriminatory.

When discussing this subject, language can become a minefield. Within this training, the terms “he” or “she” will be used when referring to certain individuals, even though some find these pronouns discriminatory and would prefer that the pronoun “they” be used for all people at all times. Readers unaccustomed to seeing the pronoun “they” to describe an individual will find its use off-putting and grammatically incorrect. Therefore, this author has chosen to use the pronoun “they” for an individual only when that is the pronoun the individual themselves would choose and will use “he” and “she” to describe those who would describe themselves that way.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the four components of sexual and gender identity.
  • Explain the difference between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
  • Define what each element of the acronym LGBTQQI refers to.
  • Utilize ten specific guidelines to improve practice with transgender clients.
  • Identify three barriers to mental health for LGBTQQI persons.
  • List five essential qualities of LGBTQQI culturally competent practitioners in order to provide appropriate treatment.
About the Author
Alison Solomon has over 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist, consultant, frontline worker, administrator, adjunct faculty member and writer. She has published numerous articles and chapters in various peer-reviewed journals and has presented at both national and international conferences. She is enthusiastic about education and training and has provided guidance to other professionals from all sectors of the mental health profession. She enjoys utilizing what she has learned in her many years of education and experience to produce quality professional development material for social workers, psychologists, and mental health clinicians.

Course Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Colibri Healthcare, LLC ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Colibri Healthcare, LLC's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.