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October Webinar 2019


Date: October 17, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Continuing Education: 1 unit/credit*


Event Summary

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual minority groups have a higher incidence of substance use disorders than the general population and seek treatment for these disorders at a higher than average frequency. However, many treatment programs and providers are not aware of the special needs of these populations and may not even identify them on admission to treatment. This presentation will focus on providing an overview of LGBT populations; understanding the relationship of sexual orientation and gender identity to addictive illnesses, and recognizing complications in treatment and recovery for these patients.

Educational Objectives: Persons attending this presentation will be able to:

  1. Recognize four or more risk factors for developing substance use disorders in lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender individuals;
  2. List three or more psychological issues frequently encountered when treating addiction in persons who are members of the LGBTQ population spectrum;

Identify two or more changes in your treatment setting that could improve trust, openness and a sense of safety in LGBTQ patients seeking help for substance use disorders and/or other addictions.

About Our Presenter:

Penelope P. Ziegler, M.D., DFASAM, is Executive Director of International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous (IDAA), an organization of and for healthcare professionals and their families in recovery from addiction. She is Medical Director Emerita of Professionals Resource Network (PRN), Florida’s peer assistance program for healthcare practitioners with addictions, psychiatric disorders and other conditions that can disrupt their practices. She has been medical director of two other professionals’ monitoring programs as well as several addiction treatment programs. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general and addiction psychiatry, and in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She is a Consultant to Affinity eHealth on drug monitoring issues.
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