IHI Therapy Center is a leading provider of comprehensive LGBTQ+ Competency training courses for professionals and organizations in New York City.

We currently offer live training courses for clinicians, practices, and organizations with or without continuing education unit (CEU) offerings. We are authorized by the state of New York to provide CEUs to licensed master social workers, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed mental health counselors who complete our trainings.

IHI is currently developing online e-course trainings and will announce the inaugural launch early Fall 2019. Sign-up for our mailing list here and we’ll keep you informed!

LGBTQ Competency Trainings

Who: IHI offers LGBTQ+ competency trainings to individuals and organizations who work with or provide services to people who identify as part of LGBTQ+ communities, or who have a specific interest in working with these populations (i.e. health and mental health care professionals and providers, social workers, educators, administrators, students and more).

What: IHI's live LGBTQ+ Competency Training is a full day course that utilizes lecture, class discussion, group exercise, video presentation, and case study analysis to promote cultural competency in working with LGBTQ+ people. The training covers the following topics:

  • Relevant culturally competent definitions

  • Population statistics in the U.S. today

  • Affirming/sensitive language

  • History of LGBTQ+ progress in America

  • Living as LGBTQ+-identified in the U.S.

  • Debunking and understanding common myths and stereotypes

  • Clinical issues (i.e. coming out and disclosure, pathologizing homosexuality and/or gender variance, experience, or expression via overdiagnosis)

  • HIV/AIDS: history, current contexts, and working with people living with HIV

  • Trans-literacy: history, current contexts, and working with transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer people

Where: We offer on-site trainings at IHI Therapy Center, 322 8th Avenue, Suite 802, New York, NY 10001. We can also make arrangements for a venue of your choice, including coming to your organization’s office or facility.

When: Please call or e-mail us for upcoming course dates.

Why: "A recent NYS LGBT Needs Assessment found that LGBT people still have less access to mental health services with 35% identifying lack of LGBT-sensitive mental health services as being a major problem in accessing care. The report highlighted a critical need for LGBT culturally competent mental health care that affirms LGBT identity, integrates LGBT experience, offers provider support and assists in development of proactive coping mechanisms for minority stress” (Empire State Pride Agenda, 2013).

For more info: Contact IHI directly at (212) 243-2830 or IHItrainings@gmail.com