Districts 4, 5, & 6 Q2 Meeting: Counseling for LGBTQ Population

Last updated: June 16, 2022
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With speaker, Philip Vasquez.

Philip Vasquez, RADT, M.S., Ph.D., currently works as the program manager of outpatient services at Fred Brown Recovery Services in San Pedro, CA. His work focuses on patients who are being provided care in the MediCal and Recovery Bridge Housing systems. In his work, he oversees treatment for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health conditions in collaboration with the agency’s clinical team. Dr. Vasquez is an alumnus of California State Fullerton (B.S., 2005), and Iowa State University (M.S., 2007; Ph.D., 2011). Before coming to the addiction treatment field, he worked in educational counseling among college students. Specifically, he worked with counseling for first-year undergraduate students as they navigated issues around identity development, substance use, and mental health. Philip has been in recovery from his own addiction since 2019 and finds joy in his community through service and fellowship with others who wish to overcome their own addictions.

Presentation Title: Counseling for LGBTQ Populations-Top Health Issues

For many addicts, identity development is a vital component of the treatment process. This is especially true for individuals struggling with their sexual and gender identity and its intersection with prominent health issues. Counselors can be better equipped to meet the needs of LGBTQ patients when they are able to understand and express compassion for health issues impacting LGBTQ patients in SUD treatment. This presentation will review the top health issues for LGBTQ populations.

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