Author: Brandy

Happy Holidays

The YMSM + LGBT COE would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season!

Information on our upcoming quarterly webinar series will be sent out in early 2018.

Thank you for your support of the YMSM+LGBT COE!



2017 National Transgender Health Summit

UCSF’s Center of Excellence for Transgender Health hosted the 2017 National Transgender Health Summit (NTHS), the premiere national conference in transgender health. This landmark program presented cutting-edge research, evidence-based educational sessions, and training opportunities across many disciplines.

The Summit was held November 10-12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

To learn more please visit:


New Featured Presentation at the Integrated Care Conference – Los Angeles

The 2017 Annual Statewide Integrated Care Conference in California featured an LGBT track.

The conference was held October 25-26, 2017 at the Hilton Universal City Hotel.

Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC conducted a workshop entitled   “Sentenced to Injustice: Trans People and the Trauma of Incarceration” which addressed the disparities of TGNC people entering the current jail/prison system, what current conditions look like in prison, and the conditions that are awaiting TGNC people after release. It also addressed current concerns such as substance use, mental health, and trauma of incarceration. The presentation also looked at the resiliency of trans people and efforts being made to change the institution of incarceration as it is today.

Learn more at:


LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.  As part of CSAT’s recognition of LGBT Pride Month the YMSM+LGBT COE would like to encourage you to visit our archived webinars where you can learn more about the LGBT community.  We have webinars available on many topics including Creating an LGBT Affirming Organization, Supporting Change for LGBTQ Young Adults, and Working with and for Two-Spirit Individuals.   To learn more please visit LGBT Webinar Recordings.

We are also proud to present a 2-part webinar series featuring four model programs serving YMSM of color.  The programs are SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) HIV grantee award winners who will share their successes and lessons learned providing substance use disorder treatment and HIV prevention services.  The first webinar will be held on June 23, 2017 and we will hear from Jorge Diaz from the Nuevo Amanecer/New Dawn program at Bienestar Human Services and Wendell Glenn from the ADAM Project at Behavioral Health Services.  The second webinar will be held on July 28, 2017 and will feature Donald Powell and Sean Underwood from Project Aspire at Exponents and Anthony Contreras from Getting OFF! at Tarzana Treatment Center.  Click here for more information!

Coping with Hope

On June 6, 2017 Dr. Freese presented at Coping with Hope: HIV in Uncertain Times.  This conference was sponsored by the Los Angeles County HIV Mental Health Task Force.  His presentation focused on addressing substance abuse risk in LGBT populations.  Please visit our Facebook page to watch the hour long presentation and learn more our about out the trainings we provide.

Click here to visit our page: YMSM + LGBT COE Facebook Page

Spanish Language ToT

The YMSM+LGBT Center of Excellence hosted a Training of Trainers (ToT) event for Spanish speakers on March 30-31, 2017 in New York.  The Center of Excellence is excited to have more trainers available to conduct our new training “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”.

TOT in Los Angeles

We hosted our fourth TOT event in Los Angeles, California on February 1-2, 2017!  We are excited to have twenty new trainers able to deliver trainings on behalf of the YMSM + LGBT CoE!

To learn more about our trainings and to schedule one please email

TOT in Mystic Lake, Minnesota

The Center of Excellence held it’s third Training of Trainer (TOT) events last week in Mystic Lake, Minnesota.  Trainers from all over the country met over a 2-day period and learned about the curriculum “A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals (2nd Edition)”.  We now have over 60 trainers available who are able to deliver this curriculum to agencies and providers across the nation.

Thank you to everyone who applied to attend a TOT event – and to all who helped spread the word!


YMSM Pre-Conference Workshop

The YMSM + LGBT COE held a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 in Universal City, California at the Hilton Universal Hotel.

Workshop attendees participated in a new training entitled, “Engaging and Retaining Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) in Culturally Responsive Services”.  This course is a full-day training, which is intended for any providers who have contact with YMSM individuals (including MH and SUD clinicians, HIV providers, state, local and county government employees, primary care providers, public health practitioners, prevention specialists, community based organizations, teachers and counselors).  The curriculum consists of five modules, beginning with an introduction to key terms and concluding with treatment considerations.  The other modules address culture, minority stress and related health issues.

By the end of the workshop participants were be able to:

  1. Define cultural competence, humility, proficiency and identity and incorporate practices that engage and retain YMSM in care.
  2. Define minority stress and explore its impact on the physical and mental health of YMSM & LGBT people.
  3. Identify two factors that might contribute to substance use among YMSM clients.

The Integrated Care Conference also featured and LGBT track.  To learn more please visit: Integrated Care Conference 2016



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