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E/Quality Care Trainings are BACK!!!

Thanks to Funding From the NY City Council and NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene we are once again able to offer a limited number of FREE trainings to NYC Based Providers of Mental Health Services.

Over the several years, we’ve provided trainings to thousands of mental health professionals in hundreds of agencies, hospitals, and clinics on how to work more effectively with their LGBTQ consumers.  We take a simple approach to our LGBTQ skills building trainings…..That is, “We start from where you are.”

Our trainings are intended for social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, case managers, CASACs, mental health counselors, Health Home Care Managers, outreach and intake workers, peer specialists, and other health and human services providers.

E/Quality Care currently offers three distinct 90-min trainings – completely FREE - for mental health providers.  With our trainings, providers learn how they can both initiate delicate conversations about sexual orientation/gender identity and identify simple things they can say and do to provide a safer and more welcoming environment for all consumers, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; and implement basic strategies to better understand and meet the needs of LGBTQ consumers of mental health services. 

All trainings include videos of LGBTQ mental health consumers discussing their experiences and describing what helps and what doesn’t; interactive exercises; and small group discussions of clinical vignettes; the videos are also included in our combined 4-hour half-day training curriculum.

These interactive aspects will allow participants to hear first-hand about clients’ challenges and concerns; build their understanding of terminology; role-play affirming conversations; and create a sense of comfort and confidence in providing LGBTQ affirming care.

LGBTQ 101 Welcoming LGBTQ People Into Recovery

LGBTQ 101 Asking Questions and Dealing with the Answers

Transgender 101

FREE trainings are being scheduled for
January – June 2019!

LOCK IN YOUR DATE NOW!

Reserve one of our FREE trainings for your staff or consumers

Email:
Spencer Casseus, Director of Community Engagement
spencercasseus@rainbowheights.org

Consumer Trainings
In addition to the three curricula outlined above, we also offer a 30-min interactive training that was developed for consumers/clients of mental health programs, Clubhouses and out/in patient units. Consumers are invited to share aspects of themselves they are proud of, how it feels to be judged or misunderstood and centers the consumer on the recovery oriented value of acceptance and support
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About Rainbow Heights Club
Rainbow Heights Club is an advocacy and social program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults living with serious mental health issues. RHC is a project of Heights Hill Mental Health Services Community Advisory Board, South Beach Psychiatric. RHC provides a safe place for LGBGQ consumers of mental health services by offering support, friendship, social interaction and acceptance. The Club provides computer classes, support groups, social activity groups, free daily meal program, and other programming in a warm and supportive environment.  You may also visit us at www.rainbowheights.org for a detailed overview ofthe referral and admissions process regarding our agency and programming.


If you have any questions or want to learn more about our trainings, please don't hesitate to our Director of Community Engagement, Spencer Casseus at spencercasseus@rainbowheights.org.

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About the Presenter

Photo of Executive Director Chritian HuygenChristian Huygen, Ph.D.

Christian Huygen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, and the executive director of Rainbow Heights Club, a publicly funded psychosocial and support agency specifically serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living with mental illness. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, Dr. Huygen developed and implemented a cultural competency program on LGBTQ mental health issues for mainstream care providers and consumers. Trainings have been presented to over 3,500 individuals in 300 agencies, universities, hospitals and clinics, as well as in webinars for NYS Office of Mental Health and NYSOFA. Dr. Huygen has served as provider co-chair of the LGBT Citywide Committee of the Federation of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2006, and was the lead organizer for three citywide E/Quality Care Conferences on LGBT affirming mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and alcoholism services. He served on the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Multicultural Advisory Committee 2009-2016, and now co-chairs the OMH New York City Regional Multicultural Advisory Committee. He is an appointed member of the Birth Certificate Gender Marker Change Advisory Committee to the New York City Bureau of Vital Statistics, and serves as co-chair of the Advisory committee of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies’ Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery. For more information about booking this training at your facility, please contact Spencer Casseus, spencercasseus@rainbowheights.org, 718-852-2584 ext. 115 is a clinical psychologist, and the executive director of Rainbow Heights Club, a groundbreaking, publicly funded psychosocial and support agency specifically serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living with mental illness.

Rainbow Heights Club now serves over 650 members, over 90% of whom state that they are able to stay free of hospitalization and in the community because of the support that they reserve there.

Drawing on over 15 years of experience providing support and advocacy services for LGBT people living with severe mental illness Dr. Huygen developed and implemented a cultural competency program on LGBT mental health issues for mainstream care providers. These trainings have now been presented to over 3,000 individuals in 250 agencies, universities, hospitals and clinics as well as in numerous webinars for NYS Office of Mental Health and NYSOFA.

Dr. Huygen has served as provider co-chair of the LGBT Citywide Committee of the Federation of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2006, and was the lead organizer for all three citywide E/Quality Care Conferences on LGBT affirming mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and alcoholism services and serves on the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Multicultural Advisory Committee. He co-chairs the Technical Assistance Committee of the NY State LGBT Health and Human Services Network, and helped to oversee a statewide assessment of the health and human service needs of LGBT New Yorkers, as well as a Blueprint for Meeting LGBT Health and Human Service Needs in New York State.

Rainbow Heights Club has been providing psychosocial support services for over 10 years to LGBT adults who are living with serious mental illness.  Our services are provided free of charge. Affirming treatment works!  As a result of our support, 90% of our clients are able to remain out of the hospital and in the community every year.

Part of Rainbow Heights Club's mission is to provide non-LGBT providers of mental health services with the tools and skills necessary to work effectively with LGBT mental health consumers throughout New York City. For more information on the consumer based services that RHC offers LGBT mental health consumers, please visit our website www.rainbowheights.org



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Funding for the development and evaluation of these trainings provided by:
Johnson Family Foundation

  Funding for these trainings provided by:
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Division of Mental Health

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