Sexual minorities often face challenges. Many of those challenges include discrimination and self-hatred or internalized homophobia which may impede or cause conflict in the formation of their sexual identity. Those who are questioning their sexual identity may abuse or misuse drugs to avoid confrontation and discrimination, admittance of their identity, and as a coping mechanism. Treatment of a substance use disorder is typically through an organization, facility, or agency, while those working with sexual minorities in formulating their sexual identities are predominantly LGBTQ centers or county funded LGBTQ support programs. Many programs do not address both issues at the same time and location, though one may affect the other. An outpatient program that integrates the treatment of substance abuse and self-identity in sexual minorities is one possible means of bridging this gap. To meet this need, the author created an outpatient training program that provides information about the treatment of substance use disorders, identity formation within sexual minorities, and a potential relapse model. This program was reviewed by a panel of six experts who are licensed or registered mental health clinicians and 10 professional reviewers who were comprised of graduate students working toward their degree or licensure. Overall, results from both the expert review and professional review indicated that the outpatient training program is an appropriate medium to be integrated in organizations, facilities, or agencies.
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Applied Clinical Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, LGBTQ studies, Public health, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Applied, LGBT, Program, Sexual minority, Substance abuse, Treatment|
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