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Mental Health and SUD: Working with LGBTQ+ Individuals On-Demand

Presenter(s): Elie Aoun, MD

Target Audience: This activity is designed for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, interprofessional team, residents/fellows, medical students, other mental health clinicians. This activity is accredited for physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists, interprofessional team, and other health professionals.

Credit Designations Available: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Social Work CE Credit, Nursing Contact Hours, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit

Webinar Description: 

Substance use disorders and opioid use disorders are more common in LGBTQ+ individuals with comorbid mental illness. In addition, many treatment programs do not have culturally sensitive resources to treat LGBTQ+ patients adequately. They are unaware of resources available for those with other underlying conditions or adverse histories. Micro-aggressions and discrimination in MOUD practice can negatively impact treatment and recovery from substance use disorders. Therefore, it is essential for practitioners to have a greater understanding of this minority population.

Educational Objectives:

  • Cite two specific interventions clinicians can use to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ patients.
  • Describe three mental health and substance use challenges that are unique to the LGBTQ+ community
  • Review ways in which one's sexual orientation and gender identity/expression may affect a patient's treatment/recovery from substance use disorders, like opioid use disorder.
  • Discuss culturally informed and culturally sensitive counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals. 


Certificate Instructions

Requirements for Successful Activity Completion:

In order to successfully complete this activity and obtain your Certificate,

please follow the steps below:

Course Content


1. Complete the (1) pre-reflection question and view the recorded presentation (30-60 minutes).


2. Click Survey and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Upon completion of this survey, it will unlock and allow you to proceed to the final course evaluation.




3. Click Evaluation to complete the final PCSS-MOUD course evaluation.


4. Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim CE or your preferred certificate type on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation and claim your preferred credit/certificate.

Post Survey


5. 90 days following your completion of this activity, you will receive a survey (2 questions) to ask about changes in your practice.


If you have any questions or you do not receive your certificate, please email 

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jun 18, 2027
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Social Work (ACE) Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 Pharmacy Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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