Sunday, May 25, 2008

The LGBT Mental Health Syllabus

The Lesbian and Gay Mental Health Syllabus

Introducing a new website created by the LGBT Issues Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP).

The site's goal is to teach psychiatry residents about caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender, and intersex patients. The LGBT Issues Committee hopes it will also be useful to all health and mental health trainees and practitioners.The site includes a series of modules that can be used sequentially to provide a comprehensive learning guide for working with LGBT patients.

The eight modules are:

* The History of Psychiatry and Homosexuality
* Taking a Sexual History with LBGT Patients
* Psychological Development & Life Cycle
* Psychotherapy * Medical and Mental Health
* Transgender
* Intersex
* Diversity / People of Color

Each module begins with a pre-test to help participants assess their existing knowledge about specific topics. After the main body of each module, a post-test helps assure that learning goals have been achieved. Modules also have relevant links, resource lists, and references to facilitate deeper exploration of topics.

Development of this site was supported by a generous grant from The Gill Foundation.

The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) is a U.S. organization of nationally respected psychiatrists dedicated to shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs and clinical practice in mental health. Its 29 committees meet semi-annually and choose their own topics for exploration. GAP Committees have pioneered the exploration of issues and ideas on the frontiers of psychiatry and in applying psychiatric insights into the general medical, social, and interpersonal problems of our times.

The GAP web page can be found at:

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