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S24-900 Seeing Ourselves Along, and Not Beyond, Our LGBTQ+ Clients: Building Foundation and Creating Steps for Intra-Inclusive Practice Frameworks

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

Spring 2024 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice Workshops
700 Professional Growth & Development |  900 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
Dr. Shanea Thomas, LICSW
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



This workshop was created to deepen the clinician’s understanding of how their own identities and cultural underpinnings affect their work consciously and unconsciously and to identify what are some strategic tools to use when needing to shift one’s practice to be more intentional and inclusive of those with marginalized identities. Join Dr. Thomas in developing a solid understanding of how intersectionality impacts LGBTQ+ clients and apply practical clinical tools to explore, validate, and transform deep-seated inequities in clinical practice. We will combine clinical knowledge, skills, and techniques and create an intra-inclusive framework to help support your practice and also your own health and well-being. The participant will walk away with a custom intra-inclusive framework used to help guide yourself in practice to increase the level of LGBTQ+ competency for the practitioners in clinical and organizational practice.  


**This workshop meets the requirement for Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice for Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners COMAR with a focus on cultural humility and implicit bias.


Dr. Shanea Thomas, LICSW Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Shanéa Thomas, LICSW (He/She/Dr.) is a bold lecturer and seasoned scholar–practitioner with more than 19 years of professional clinical social work experience in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Dr. Thomas’ main commitment in the field is training and strategizing with social workers, educators, and service providers around building safer therapeutic and educational spaces for all people. This is especially for those working in communities that are underserved and under resourced, and those identifying as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQI+ folks. Dr. Thomas has facilitated over 90 workshops centering DEI needs, grief and loss, mental health, sex and gender, and LGBTQI+ populations. Dr. Thomas ended his 10-year position at the University of Southern California School of Social Work as a Senior Lecturer in 2022 to further the commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity through the University of Maryland School of Public Health as their LGBTQ+ Training Specialist and Assistant Clinical Research Professor. Dr. Thomas is assisting the Prevention Research Center in launching their national training program using evidence-based tools[ec1] to build LGBTQ+ competency in practice amongst mental health professionals.  

Dr. Thomas still maintains a clinical private practice through Thomas Consulting and Therapeutic Services, where he is trauma-focused first and inclusive always. His clinical training and education through the International Psychotherapy Institute (Bethesda, MD), Howard University (Master of Social Work), and Widener University (Master of Education: Human Sexuality Studies, along with an Advanced Certificate) are grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy, frameworks of intersectionality, Empowerment Theory (Solomon), Decolonizing/Oppressionist Theory (Fanon), and disability and healing justice. Dr. Thomas is also a Certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Provider through the Center of Loss and Trauma and MISS Foundation, Online (Sedona, AZ), and a Guest Lecturer for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing's (Washington, DC) Grief Institute Certification Program, Healing at the Intersection: Grief & Trauma. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:05–1:15 Log on 


1:15-1:30 Course Overview, Sexuality and Gender Foundation, and an Introduction Intra- Inclusive Practice 

1:30-2:30: We All Mess Up and That’s Ok: Making Mistakes, Misgendering and Repairing Harm  


2:30-2:45 Break   


2:45-3:30: Clinic: Building (or Rebuilding) Your Clinical Foundation to Support LGBTQ+ Clients in Community 

3:30-4:30: Q&A, Case Study, Decompressing, Resource and Skill-Sharing   


4:30 Adjournment  



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create an informed, intentional intra-inclusive framework used to help guide their clinical practice and hold accountability for their work and development.  

  • Cultivate a practitioner identity through exploring the importance of self-care, accountability, and historical knowledge through selected exercises and discussion.  

  • Assess language, terminology, and history through the framework of intersectionality using statistics, graphs and visual materials.  

  • Evaluate the effects of discrimination and microaggressions on LGBTQIA+ folks.  

  • Learn tips and resources to become better allies and advocates to the community, regardless of sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and racial and ethnic identity.

Bibliography & References


Carbado, D. W., Crenshaw, K. W., Mays, V. M., & Tomlinson, B. (2013). INTERSECTIONALITY: Mapping the Movements of a Theory1. Du Bois review: social science research on race, 10(2), 303-312. 


Cho, S., Crenshaw, K. W., & McCall, L. (2013). Toward a field of intersectionality studies: Theory, applications, and praxis. Signs: Journal of women in culture and society, 38(4), 785-810. 


Cyrus, K. (2017). Multiple minorities as multiply marginalized: Applying the minority stress theory to LGBTQ people of color. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 21(3), 194-202. 


Hendricks, M. L., & Testa, R. J. (2012). A conceptual framework for clinical work with transgender and gender nonconforming clients: An adaptation of the Minority Stress Model. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(5), 460. 


Meyer, I. H., & Frost, D. M. (2013). Minority stress and the health of sexual minorities. 


Piepzna-Samarasinha, L. L. (2018). Care work: Dreaming disability justice (p. 182). Vancouver: arsenal pulp press. 


Thomas, S. (2022), "Reassessing our knowledge about mental health and LGBTQ+ practice", Open Access Government January 2023, pp.174-175. Available at 


Williams, N. D., Winer, B., Aparicio, E. M., Bynum, M. A., Boekeloo, B. O., Fish, J. N. (2022). Professional expectations of provider LGBTQ competence: Where we are and where we need to go. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. 


Yoshino, K. (2001). Covering. Yale LJ, 111, 769. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on March 13th, 2024

Cancellations** must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.

Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

**ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.**

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms


The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

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System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

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ADA Accommodations

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