A Providers Introduction to Substance Use Treatment for LGBTQ populations

Current Status
Not Enrolled
Get Started





Based on research it has been found that individuals who identify with the LGBT community have a higher rate of substance use than those who do not. This course reviews the SAMHSA: A Providers Introduction to Substance Use Treatment for LGBTQ Populations Guide which was commission to assist clinicians and administrators in increasing knowledge of  substance use disorder treatment approaches that are sensitive to patients among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. This educational independent study course covers counseling services, treatment plan, and legal, ethical and professional development skills of the Eight Counselor Skill Groups ascribed by NAADAC and NCC AP

Learning ObjectivesUpon completion of this education course , the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the referral mechanisms in your practice community for the LGBT community.
  2. Recognize or identify assessment tools specific to substance use use treatment specific to the LGBT community.
  3. Strengthen understanding of legal and cultural considerations for providing services to the LGBT community,
  4. Identify the types of services, treatments, and supports that reduce substance use for individuals in the LGBT community.
  5. Gain an understanding of developing supportive alliances for treatment and education in the LGBT community.



  • Professional Care Providers
  • Program Planners, Administrators, & Project Managers



Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12–4104. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012.



Exam written by: Tamika Lett, PhD Human Services, NCAC II, CSAC, CCTP, QMHP A/C