Mar 21, 2018
The Specialization/Certificate in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health is designed to meet the growing need for clinicians to develop competencies in working with lesbian, gay male, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples and families. The program focuses on assisting clinicians to develop multicultural competencies specific to the intersecting identities of LGBT clients, increase an understanding of the historical and cultural influences impacting LGBT clients, and identify best practice procedures for assessing and addressing issues in LGBT mental health. In addition, the certificate provides supervision in community engagement and advocacy creating a future in active social change. The certificate provides courses that address the competencies recommended by the American Psychological Association’s ethical guidelines for the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. The courses are offered as electives through the Systemwide Office of Online Education for CSPP and are available to students in all CSPP Programs and on all Alliant Campuses. The courses may be taken individually or as part of the Certificate/Specialization. Required certificate courses are offered annually and elective courses will be offered at least once every three years. Placing the courses in the online environment creates the unique opportunity for student to engage Rockway Core Faculty from all of our campuses, as well as national and international experts in the provision of course materials. In some courses 2-4 different instructors combine to guide students through the ever-growing, research and clinical literature about the LGBT community.
All certificate students are required to take the Foundations of LGBT Mental Health Course, and it is recommended as the first entry course into the Rockway experience. All students enrolled in the Certificate are required to take the Professional Application of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Course. The remaining required units are divided into two Groups: Advanced Study Courses (where one group within the LGBT community is explored in a more exhaustive way) and Cross Population Electives (which examine therapeutic interventions across all of the LGBT community). Students are required to take at least one Advanced Study Course and at least two LGBT Electives. Additional Courses may be taken from either group to round out the 12 unit requirement. The philosophy behind this distribution is based upon the student’s preference for breadth versus depth. This assures minimal competence with all LGBT groups, but allows for greater knowledge and competence with one group.
The program focuses on assisting clinicians to:
- develop multicultural competencies specific to the intersecting identities of LGBT clients,
- increase an understanding of the historical and cultural influences impacting LGBT clients, and
- identify best practice procedures for assessing and addressing issues in LGBT mental health.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
The certificate is given when the student completes 12 units of the coursework during their graduate matriculation.
All students completing the certificate must take the following courses:
Advanced Study Courses
At least one of the Advanced Study Courses is required.
- PSY 7630 Advanced Study of Bisexual Issues (2 units)
- PSY 8500 Advanced Study of Transgender Issues (3 units)
- PSY 8500 Advanced Study of Lesbian Issues (2 units)
- PSY 8500 Advanced Study of Gay Male Issues (2 units)
At least four units must be taken from the following:
- PSY 7610-50 LGBT Couples and Families (2 units)
- PSY 7605 LGBT-Affirmative Substance Abuse Treatment (2 units)
- PSY 8600 Socio-cultural Diversity: LGBT People of Color (3 units)
- PSY 8500 LGBT Issues in the Workplace (2 units)
- LGBT Lifespan Development (2 units)
- LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy (2 units)
- LGBT Issues in Education (Pre-K through High School) (2 units)
- LGBT Health Disparities (2 units)
- LGBT Immigration and International Issues (2 units)
In order to complete the certificate, it may be necessary to enroll for more than the required number of units for your program and it could add time to your matriculation at CSPP/Alliant. Please consult your Program Director and advisor about the effects of the certificate on your entire program of study.