This Pride month, show your support for the LGBTQ+ community with a gift to support the expansion of our Sexual and Gender Diversity Learning Community (SGDLC) program. With our $10,000 goal, we will be able to train 40 therapists on best practices for working with the LGBTQ+ community in mental and behavioral health care. A donation of $250 will provide comprehensive training for one therapist in our SGDLC program.
The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center (UMD-PRC) is committed to research, service, and training to improve mental health among LGBTQ+ communities. In collaboration with partner organizations, we have developed and evaluated the SGDLC training, which increases the competence of mental health providers to care for LGBTQ+ clients.
This year, we trained 25 therapists while evaluating our program and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. One participant commented, "the knowledge and suggestions offered through our participation in the SGDLC have been invaluable". Another noted, "[I am] grateful for this opportunity to learn and to improve my clinical skills and to see how to make improvements across our agency for LGBTQ+ affirming and inclusive care".
By serving as a central hub of resources and expertise in LGBTQ+ mental health care, we facilitate connections between members of LGBTQ+ communities, allies, providers, clinicians, and researchers. In addition to our SGDLC clinical training program, we offer quarterly webinars for mental health providers, research and engagement opportunities for students, and the development and dissemination of research reports and policy briefs.
Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents. Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for details.