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Breaking Down Barriers to Care

On March 15, EID Trainee liaisons Mia Semelman, M.A. and Renn Schauer, Psy.D. gave a two-hour presentation on general LGBTQ+ issues in clinical work to the Kaiser Permanente Counseling Center’s Mental Health Scholars Academy students and supervisors. Mia and Renn, who both did or are working on dissertations in related areas, provided an overview of LGBTQ+ history in the field of psychology, queer and trans health disparities, and defined queer and trans identities and terminology. Students and supervisors were also given the opportunity to discuss a case vignette in breakout rooms to apply the concepts to clinical work. Discussion of the case as a larger group also provided the opportunity for a thorough and engaging conversation about the clinical application of queer and trans-affirming practices and language in therapy. Mia and Renn concluded with a discussion of best practices in working with queer and trans clients in affirming and informed ways. Students and supervisors expressed interest in the material and gratitude for the presentation.

Interested in having a similar presentation for you trainees or staff? Please reach out to Mia Semelman and Dr. Renn Schauer for more information at or

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