Sexual and Interpersonal Violence in the LGBTQ Community: Providing Trauma Sensitive and LGBTQ Affirmative Services

Philip McCabe, CSW, CAS, CDVC, DRCC

The prevalence of heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia in our culture puts LGBTQ individuals at high risk for sexual and interpersonal violence. Sexual violence is commonly used as a way to punish and humiliate LGBTQ individuals and these types of assaults may more than double the risk of substance abuse for survivors. This course will cover a range of traumatic experiences perpetrated against members of the LGBTQ community, including sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, institutional oppression, and hate crimes. Participants will learn about the various aspects of interpersonal violence, particularly as they pertain to awareness of cultural aspects, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. Mental health and addiction professionals will gain insight into the difficulties encountered by LGBTQ victims receiving services in non-LGBTQ specific settings and will learn ways to make services more inclusive, sensitive, and affirmative. The course will help providers integrate trauma sensitivity and LGBTQ affirmative services, as well as provide beneficial resources and referrals.


  • Distinguish between sexual orientation and gender expressions, and identify terminology used.
  • Recognize the prevalence and consequences of interpersonal violence as it pertains to LGBTQ individuals.
  • Compare macro, mezzo, and micro interventions that can be utilized to address violence/hate crimes perpetrated against LGBTQ individuals and communities.
  • Identify three treatment issues impacted by trauma history in order to assist clients in early stages of trauma recovery.
  • List resources and referrals appropriate for LGBTQ survivors of interpersonal violence.

Presenter Biography 

Philip McCabe works full time as a Health Educator for Rutgers School of Public Health. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility. Public health professionals work to reduce disease and violence in our communities. Mr. McCabe contributed to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s, “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals” as a principal writer.  In 2009, he was selected as a Master Trainer for the SAMSHA/CSAT Addiction Technology Transfer Center Curriculum on LGBT Clients. Mr. McCabe has served on the Board of Trustees of NJCASA, the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence Prevention and Public Education Committee.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015                Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Registration and coffee/tea will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.

9:30-10:20am:  Welcome and introductions
10:20-10:40am:  Creating safety for clients to discuss history of violence
10:40-11:20am:  Terminology related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communities
11:20-11:30am:  Morning break
11:30am-12:30pm:  Defining interpersonal violence, domestic violence, sexual assault
12:30-1:15pm:  Lunch break
1:15-2:00pm:  Impact of Interpersonal Violence on LGBTQ Individuals and communities
2:00-3:00pm:  Developing culturally appropriate accessible services for LGBT victims and survivors
3:00-3:10pm:  Afternoon break
3:10-4:00pm:  Case study, group discussion, national resources
4:00-4:30pm:  Closing and evaluations

Target Audience: This course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors and addiction professionals who possess basic knowledge of LGBTQ cultural competencies, along with knowledge of providing support to trauma survivors.

CEUs: Social workers and counselors will receive 6 CEUs (2 clinical and 4 cultural competence).

FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604). Family Connections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/30/2015- 1/30/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

All participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the session. 

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If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until February 27, 2015. After February 27th, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $35 fee. Course fees include materials and lunch. Cancellations must be made by March 16, 2015. Refunds will be not be issued for registrations cancelled after March 16th.

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Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefiting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency during the priority registration period. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the DMHAS priority registration deadline on February 27th. 

Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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