You guys are amazing to work with and were a light in a time of sadness, devastation, and darkness for both my daughter and I. Everyone has both been so kind and understanding to my daughter and I during this process and I can’t thank PrairieCare enough. I feel like I’m getting my little girl back and feel as though we both have the resources and coping skills to get through this. I can tell the staff at PrarieCare really cares about their patients and their families! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart!”
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.
- 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
I am very grateful that I was respected. Being called my preferred name and pronouns made my time in Prariecare much more bearable”