Supporting LGBTQIA+ Clients Living with Psychosis

Presented by Nicole Melissa Morin, LCSW

June 7, 2024

1pm-5:30pm EST/10am-2:30pm PST

4 CEs



Course Description

Clinicians may have many thoughts and reactions when a new person presents to their intake with a history of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or psychosis. Many clinicians ask, ‘what can I do?’ A person seeking services who has both an LGBTQIA+ identity and severe mental illness diagnosis has walked a challenging road to your door. Affirmative therapists will learn important cultural and historical events that have shaped LGBTQIA+ people’s experiences of living with severe mental illness.  This course seeks to increase clinical confidence in meeting a new client where they are at. After an introduction of LGBTQIA+ identity development at the intersection of severe mental illness, we will review a basic understanding of the spectrum of psychosis and  basic neurobiology of psychosis.  Clinicians will increase knowledge and competency in initial response and support, commonly prescribed types of antipsychotic medication, and when to refer to a higher level of care for LGBTQIA+ people experiencing psychosis. Different community models offer strengths-based support for those living with diagnoses of psychotic disorders. This includes programs supporting people from first episode psychosis (FEP) through chronic long-term impacts of untreated psychosis. Developing a foundational tool box based on the functional experiences of LGBTQIA+ people at different levels of psychiatric care is to make experiences safer, and more affirming as a whole. By increasing your skills in this area you are able to make a new type of impact on your community! When mental health providers are more comfortable partnering with people who experience psychosis in an outpatient setting, the more we are able to avoid unnecessary inpatient hospitalization, increase client autonomy, and intervene to preserve brain health. 

At the end of this course participants will be able to: 

  1. List at least three ways historical events or policy changes, such as deinstitutionalization, have impacted current mental health care practices for LGBTQIA+ people
  2. Explain the spectrum of psychosis and its impact on brain health.
  3. Discuss how antipsychotic medications and interpersonal interventions both can and cannot influence change on perceptual changes.
  4. Complete a functional multi-tier symptom response plan that categorizes low-medium-high risk behaviors, prioritizes client voice, safety, considers intersectional identity, and affirmation of LGBTQIA+ identity.
  5. Identify three types of programs that are strengths-based, center lived experience, and are structured to support people living in the community with a psychotic disorder. 

About the Presenter 

Nicole Melissa Morin, LCSW (she/her/hers) is currently the clinician for Safe Homes, a community drop-in center for LGBTQIA+ youth 14-23, and The PLACE (Program for Learning, Activities, Care, and Encouragement) for Empowerment young adult access center for young adults ages 16-26. She conducts free drop-in behavioral health support and does not bill through insurance. Nicole does not accept ongoing outpatient clients at this time. 

Nicole holds a Master of Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Trauma Studies from Simmons University. Some of the approaches she uses in her practice with clients include Affirmative Therapy, CBT for Psychosis, IMR, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Motivational Interviewing, and holistic approaches (nature, movement) to empower folks on their journeys. She is always seeking new modalities, research, and learning opportunities to find new ways to support those she serves. 

As an affirmative practice therapist, Nicole creates spaces that encourage personal exploration and discovery. She thrives on providing education and support to those who haven't yet found the language to express themselves. 

$79 for licensed clinicians

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$69 for licensed in non-profit organization (Use coupon code at checkout: psychosisNP)

$59 for pre-licensed (Use Coupon Code at checkout: psychosisPL)

This course is included in the annual and lifetime memberships.

Annual Membership

Lifetime Membership

Additional Information

Instruction Level

This course is intended for an intermediate audience. 

Who should Attend

Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists, case managers, community mental health professionals, and social workers.


Live, virtual presentation with the opportunity for interaction with the presenter. This course will be available as a recorded homestudy approximately two weeks after the event.

Zoom Link

You will receive a reminder email to register for your Zoom link after signing up for the course.

If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please contact us.

Completion Requirements

Live Event

  • To get CE credit for the live event, you need to be present for the entire course.
  • You will be asked to sign in and out in the chat box in order to track attendance during breaks.
  • We will email you your certificate of attendance within 48 hours of the course.
  • This presentation will be recorded and available as a homestudy approximately two weeks after the live event.
  • Your active participation will contribute and enhance the learning of participants that complete the recorded homestudy version.

Home Study

  • You will need to take the post-test with at least a 75% score in order to receive your certificate for a home study 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 reported conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

For any inquiries related to subject matter, problem resolution, corrections, grievances, or anything else, please contact us.


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

Continuing Education Approvals

APA ApprovedThe Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

$79 for licensed clinicians

Buy Now

$69 for licensed in non-profit organization (Use coupon code at checkout: psychosisNP)

$59 for pre-licensed (Use Coupon Code at checkout: psychosisPL)

This course is included in the annual and lifetime memberships.

Annual Membership

Lifetime Membership


Module 1 Course Materials
Unit 1 Zoom Link Registration