Experiences of LGBTQ People of Color in Mental Health Services and Substances Abuse Services: A Systematic Review

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Gender nonconforming, People of Color (LGBTQ+ POC) face a myriad of challenges due to inhabiting multiple discriminated identities. These challenges are compounded by multiple systems of oppression related to their racial, gender, and/or sexual minority statuses, which contribute to poor mental health outcomes: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, and substance use disorders. Recent scholarship seeks to develop responsive social work interventions to alleviate these burdensome processes. In order to develop responsive interventions, we must first identify and describe the range of barriers, critical treatment processes, and treatment outcomes related to LGBTQ+ POC receiving mental health and substance abuse treatment. Therefore, this systematic review seeks to answer the following question: What are the positive, negative, and/or neutral experiences of LGBTQ+ POC in seeking and receiving mental health/substance abuse treatment services? 


Hayden Dawes, Doctoral Student
Tate Turner Kuralt School of Social Work
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Presenter

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Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS earned his Masters’ of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University. His practice experience includes hospital social work, mental health, and addiction treatment. Hayden is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work.  His research examines the psychosocial challenges impacting people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially those living at the intersection of the two identities. He is also interested in seeking advanced methods to intervene on providers’ implicit and explicit biases. In response to racial injustice within the mental health practitioner community, Hayden wrote an article that was featured on Medium titled “An Invitation to White Therapists” it has since been widely used in direct practice education, consultation, and supervision. 

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Day Two (Tuesday, October 13th, 2020) | Session Two (7:00pm - 8:00pm)

Duration: 10 minutes

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