LGBT Veteran Care for the Clinical Psychologist
Presenters: Jillian C. Shipherd, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. She is one of two Directors for the LGBT Health Program for the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Patient Care Services in Washington DC. Her area of expertise is the interface of mental and physical health subsequent to trauma, with a focus on gender comparisons. The intersection of these interests brought her to working with transgender veterans over a dozen years ago. She is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed publications, many of which are on LGBT issues. She cannot imagine doing this work without her favorite collaborator, Michael Kauth and together they are editing a book on transgender health for mental health professionals.
Michael R. Kauth, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. He is one of the two Directors for the LGBT Health Program for the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Patient Care Services in Washington DC. Dr. Kauth is also Co-Director of the VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), a regional research and clinical education center encompassing 10 VA medical centers. In addition, Dr. Kauth is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), where he teaches a course on LGBT Health to second year medical students. He has published more than 50 journal articles, 2 books, and 14 book chapters on topics that include health psychology, LGBT veteran health disparities, sexual health, implementation of educational interventions, and the evolution of human sexual attraction. He loves working with Jillian. Overview: This session will provide an overview of the literature on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) veteran mental health and review changes in veteran healthcare in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Affirming policies, procedures, and educational programs will be reviewed. Objectives: (1) Describe LGBT veteran health disparities and challenges to accessing care; (2) Locate trainings and resources on LGBT veteran care, including mental health treatment; (3) Describe the current policies and programs VHA has for addressing LGBT veteran health needs; (4)Describe key roles for VHA psychologists in providing care to LGBT veterans. CE Credits Available: 1
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