The concentration focuses on teaching cultural competence through didactics and practice that allow students to learn about cultural and sociopolitical factors that influence the lives of LGBTQIA+ people. Students will complete courses that provide foundational knowledge about LGBTQIA+ mental health, review specific therapeutic approaches that one might use when working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their families, and discuss the intersectionality between LGBTQIA+ identities and other minority identities (i.e., race, social class, immigration status, age, disability, veteran status, among others).
Upon completion of the program students will have the knowledge, skills, and awareness to not only provide culturally competent direct services to members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their families, but they will also learn how to be social justice advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community by learning about channels for advocacy and how to effect and promote public policy.
All doctoral level students in the Clinical Psychology program or master’s level student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program (in the General track) can use electives to fulfill LGBTQIA+ Studies requirements. Master’s level students in the School Psychology MA/CAGS or in the CMHC program (who already have another area of emphasis) will graduate with extra credits. Students from the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department are also welcomed to participate.