Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ Older Adults

older lgbtq adult

Presenter: Teresa M. Theophano, LCSW

 1.5 CEs

Recorded Webinar


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How do principles of healthy aging as well as SOGI- (sexual orientation and gender identity) related historical trauma impact LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) older people? As the US population ages, it is vital for therapists to learn about current best practices in affirmative mental health care for LGBTQ+ older adults. Knowing queer and trans history, and how legislation, world events, and community organizing may have affected individuals coming of age in the mid-20th century is key to working with these community members. Participants of this CE workshop will gain an understanding of caregiving structures and concerns within LGBTQ+ communities, and how those can differ from caregiving in mainstream populations. Finally, we will look at clinical considerations regarding advance planning, end of life, and bereavement among LGBTQ+ older adults and their caregivers, and offer information on social support and other resources available to community members. This CE course includes lecture, vignettes, large group discussion, and Q&A.

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

  1. Analyze how historical events have contributed to the pathologizing of LGBTQ+ people who grew up in the mid-20th century
  2. Discuss supportive approaches to LGBTQ+ older adult caregivers and care recipients
  3. Identify two ways to support LGBTQ+ older adults with end of life considerations

About the presenter:

Teresa Theophano, LCSW

Teresa Theophano, LCSW (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker in NYC, working in geriatric mental health. She is also a freelance writer and co-editor of the anthology Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Read Teresa’s articles on The Affirmative Couch’s blog.

Additional Information

Instruction Level

This course is meant for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Who should Attend

Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers.

Recorded webinar.

You will need to take the post-test with at least a 80% score in order to receive your certificate for a homestudy course.

Financial Support

The Affirmative Couch pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

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The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with the event date and “accommodation request” in the subject line. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


"Teresa is a wealth of knowledge!"

"I learned a lot about how LGBT history has impacted mental health of LGBT OA and how to use RCT to help!"

Continuing Education Approvals

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Module 1 Module 1
Unit 1 Homestudy Pre-recorded Video and Course Materials  
Unit 2 Course quiz  
Unit 3 After Course Survey