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Seeing Ourselves Alongside (not Beyond) Our LGBTQ+ Clients
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This workshop was created to deepen the clinician’s understanding of how their own identities and cultural underpinnings affect their work consciously and unconsciously, and what are some strategic tools to use when needing to shift one’s practice to be more intentional and inclusive of those with marginalized identities. Join Dr. Thomas in developing a solid understanding of how intersectionality impacts LGBTQ+ clients and apply practical clinical tools to explore, validate and transform deep-seated inequities in clinical practice. We will combine clinical knowledge, skills and techniques and create for an anti-racist and anti-oppressionist framework to help support your practice but also your own health and well-being. The participant will walk away with an intentionally intra-inclusive framework used to help guide yourself in practice during this difficult time for all. 

Shanea Thomas, Ed.D, LICSW

Shanéa Thomas, Ed.D, LICSW (He/She/Dr.) is a bold lecturer and seasoned scholar-practitioner with more than 18 years of professional social work experience in the Washington DC metro area. His organization, Thomas Consulting and Therapeutic Services’ main commitment is training and strategizing with social workers, educators, and service providers around building safer therapeutic and educational spaces for all people. This is especially for those working in communities who are underserved and under resourced, and those identifying as black, indigenous, people of color, and LGBTQI+ folks. Dr. Thomas has facilitated over 80 workshops centering DEI needs, grief and loss, mental health, sex and gender, and LGBTQI+ populations. When creating organizational change through strategic planning, Dr. Thomas’ work unapologetically centers marginalized voices with community organizations and healthcare institutions to help shift power, privilege, and organizational accountability. Dr. Thomas ended his 10-year position at University of Southern California School of Social Work as a senior lecturer in 2022 to further the commitment around LGBTQ+ inclusivity through University of Maryland School of Public Health as their new LGBTQ+ Training Specialist and Assistant Research Professor. Dr. Thomas is currently curating a national training program launching in May 2023 with the use of the Prevention Research Center’s evidence-based tools used to build LGBTQ+ competency in practice amongst mental health professionals.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Shanéa Thomas has employment relationships with Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, WhitworthKee Consulting, and the University of Maryland. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Shanéa Thomas is a member of National Association of Social Workers.


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