Terrahl Taylor, MSW, LSW

Terrahl Taylor, MSW, LSW

Terrahl Taylor, MSW, LSW

Terry Taylor is a recent graduate from The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. Receiving his Bachelor of Science in Social Work in May of 2015, Terry enrolled in the Advanced Standing Alternative Placement (ASAP) program within OSU to complete his Master of Social Work degree in one year. Terry completed his ASAP MSW Internship working with LGBTQ identified adults in an public health alcohol and drug abuse treatment program. Terry has worked with adults and children in outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. Terry sees clients in a variety of clinical settings including individual, group, and family settings. Terry is dedicated to providing culturally competent care to LGBTQ identified people and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Harm Reduction, motivational interviewing, and integrative mind, body, spirit interventions. Terry specializes in LGBTQ and Substance Abuse settings.

Presentation: Addiction in LGBTQ Communities: Improving Cultural Competence and Integrating Harm Reduction in a Substance Free Community Treatment Setting
Day: Thursday
Time: Breakout Session 4
Where: Alumni Lounge

Presentation Description:
While the State of Ohio has the Substance Abuse Monitoring Network, there is almost no talk about LGBTQ people specifically when it comes to addiction. In the June OSAM Network report, there were no mentions of the terms LGBTQ, LGBT, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender. There was only one mention of the term Gay. The perceived lack of research and outreach attempts by the team undermine the greater professional communities from seeing issues that affect the LGBTQ community due to epidemiological erasure from the research. Clinical procedures within service provision for LGBTQ communities look very similar to those in which many are accustomed to in standard outpatient alcohol and drug abuse, misuse, and dependency programming. While the provision looks similar, the initial diagnostic assessment has some wide variance when working from an LGBTQ affirmative framework. Proper procedure for assessing LGBTQ identities include asking broad, open questions that are specific enough for consumers to answer fully and competently. Suspending automatic thoughts and biases is difficult and will be discussed within the context of asking questions that do not isolate or box in LGBTQ identified communities. Interventions within the treatment setting also need to be tailored to be open, affirming, and welcoming to all who show up.

Presentation Objectives:
1. To gain an understanding of risk factors the LGBTQ community faces in terms of addiction.
2. To learn pragmatic strategies to improve cultural competence with LGBTQ identified clients in social service agencies.
3. To gain a better conceptualization and skill set of assessment and engagement strategies with LGBTQ identified clients.

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