Morning Workshop 3

Faith and Religion: Working with LGBT Clients

Elijah Nealy, PhD, MDiv, LCSW
CEUs: 2 Cultural Competence


This workshop will explore the intersections of spirituality and religion when working with LGBT clients, including the ways LGBT clients have often been excluded from organized faith communities and been the targets of religious homophobia. It will provide suggestions for helping LGBT clients reclaim a positive sense of spirituality in their recovery.

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the experiences of LGBT individuals in regards to religion.
  2. Gain tools for facilitating a positive sense of spirituality among LGBT clients.
  3. Obtain resources about spirituality and religion for use with LGBT clients.

About Elijah Nealy

Elijah Nealy, Ph.D., M.Div., LCSW has more than 25 years of experience working in both addictions and mental health treatment, both inpatient and outpatient, including dual diagnosis, as well as working with LGBTQ populations as both a clinical social worker and a pastor. He is currently a full time faculty member at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

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