PrairieCare Education Series June 2021

“Safe Zone: How to Provide LGBTQ+ Affirming Care”
Presenter: Jeni Kolstad. LICSW

BIO: My name is Jeni, I am a cisgender female, and my pronouns are she/her. I am a LICSW and received my social work education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am an out queer provider and work well with individuals who identify as LGBTQ, particularly trans and gender nonconforming folx. I am the Executive Director of the nonprofit South Central MN Pride in Mankato and I am a board member for the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. I work with both organizations towards a community that is inclusive and accepting of all. I am married to my wife of 15 years and have 2 adult children.

Description: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other gender and sexual minorities seek out mental health services for many of the same reasons that cisgender and heterosexual people do: stress, anxiety, depression, and past trauma. What is different is that there is an additional layer of complexity to these common mental health needs due to minority stress. I will discuss how minority stress contributes to the increase of mental health symptoms and why it is important to seek out professionals who are knowledgeable in LGBTQ+ people to help work through these concerns.

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to define ways to be affirming to LGBTQ+ people.
  • Be able to appropriately diagnose mental health disorders for LGBTQ+ people.
  • Be able to describe gender affirming medical treatments.
  • Be able to write a letter in support of gender affirming medical treatments.
Recording will be available until August 15




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