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On Demand Webinar with Leah Keating & Jenna McKay on What Queer Folks Say They Need from Trauma Therapists

On Demand Webinar with Leah Keating & Jenna McKay on What Queer Folks Say They Need from Trauma Therapists

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Webinar with Leah Keating and Jenna McKay on What Queer Folks Say They Need from Trauma Therapists. All prices are in USD. Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you immediately. A link to the recorded webinar and a pdf of the slides will be sent to you within 24 hours. 

Leah Keating is completing the York University Postdoctoral Fellowship program under the supervision of Dr. Robert Muller. She also works as a clinician in two private practices under the supervision of Dr. Jane Dalton and Dr. Carmen Weiss. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at York University. Dr. Keating has trained at trauma-informed programs, including the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital and the Traumatic Stress Service at the London Health Sciences Centre. Her clinical work is focused on complex trauma, LGBTQ2SIA issues, emotion regulation, and eating disorders. Her research has focused on LGBTQ2SIA people’s experiences of trauma, on the queer community’s mental health care needs, and on disordered eating. She is committed to developing training initiatives based on her academic and clinical experience, she has presented her work at international conferences, and she has published her research in peer-reviewed journals.

Jenna MacKay is a qualitative researcher and therapist. She is based in Hastings County and works in a private practice in Belleville. Jenna has completed a MSW (2017, University of Toronto) and a MA in Psychology (2012, Carleton University).  Her work has focused on trauma and health equity, with a focus on women and LGBTQ people’s experiences of mental health. Jenna is dedicated to improving mental health care, and to increasing our understanding of the impact of violence and discrimination on people’s lives. As a researcher, Jenna has worked with the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health <> team since 2013. She is an award winning qualitative researcher and published author, and she has presented her work internationally. As a registered social worker, Jenna is an early career therapist who completed her clinical training at two trauma-informed organizations (i.e., Women’s College Hospital, The Jean Tweed Centre). Prior to her MSW training she worked as a community-based peer mental health worker supporting survivors of sexual assault, as well as youth and adults who were recently in crisis.

What is this webinar about? 
This webinar was recorded on November 1, 2018. This webinar is intended assist health professionals when working with LGBTQ+ people who have experienced trauma. Two queer-identified, early career therapists and researchers, who have experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, will facilitate this webinar. The workshop will briefly review of what is known about trauma among LGBTQ+ populations.

Each facilitator will present findings from Ontario-based research in which they have collaborated. These studies have examined LGBTQ+ adults’ experiences of trauma therapy, and bisexual people’s mental health. This research focuses on different types of trauma, as well as microaggressions (or insidious trauma) that LGBTQ+ participants have experienced when accessing mental health care. Participants in these studies reported heterosexist and cis-sexist experiences accessing care, which pose a barrier to accessing and benefiting from trauma therapy. Based on these findings, the presenters will explore practical strategies to improve the mental health care of LGBTQ+ people through a trauma-informed lens.

You can submit questions throughout the live webinar for the presenters to answer during their Q&A sessions. 

Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe behaviours that LGBTQ+ people may experience as harmful to their therapy.

  2. Identify ways therapists can make trauma therapy more accessible to LGBTQ+ people.

  3. Demonstrate increased awareness of practical steps to improve therapists’ practice with LGBTQ+ individuals.

  4. Increase their understanding of, and use of, appropriate language when working with the community.

For Students: Welcome! Please email your proof of status to We are unable to send you the link to the webinar until we have received your document. See the FAQ section on our website for details on acceptable documents.

Registration Fee - This is a 2 hour recorded webinar

  • Summer sale $29! (Regular registration $55 USD)

  • Summer sale Full-time Students $15! (Regular student rate $25 USD)

7:00 – 7:55      Review of what is known about trauma among LGBTQ+ populations, and Research Findings
7:55 - 8:00       5 minute break
8:00 - 8:50       Practical strategies to improve the mental health care of LGBTQ+ people through a trauma-informed lens
8:50 - 9:00       Question & Answers

CE credit information

  • CE credits are only available for live webinars, and are not available for recorded webinars.

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