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Queer Communities 101: Basics to be More Inclusive in Clinical Practice
Mental Health America of Spartanburg County and the 2021 Educational Series present for July... "Queer Communities 101: Basics to be More Inclusive in Clinical Practice" by M. Evan Thomas, PhD, LMFTA, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Chair of the Marriage and Family Program at Converse University.

This presentation will be a collaborative discussion on queer communities and current best practices. The presenter will review how therapists can work with this community and ways that they can understand any stigma that they may have. Participants should walk away with a better understanding of the queer community and resources available in the upstate - as well as knowing more about themselves too.

Connect with Dr. Thomas... evan.thomas@converse.edu / 864-596-921 / Office: University Center Greenville, Suite D-3



Past sessions were typically held in person. Yet, during social distancing, we hope this virtual option opens our program up for even more access and sharing.

This event is free to the public. Simply register in advance using Zoom. Registrants will receive an email immediately about how to join our webinar.

Through partnership with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, we offer Continuing Education Credits to social workers and counselors for a $15 fee. Instructions for attaining to follow after completion.

We would also love your feedback. Please complete the survey post event - evaluating our presentation and giving ideas for future speakers or topics.

For questions, please contact Executive Director Maggie Gainey... info@mhaspartanburg.org / 864-345-0014

Jul 8, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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M. Evan Thomas
Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Chair of the Marriage and Family Program @Converse University
M. Evan Thomas obtained a BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia, an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. He is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and he is the chair elect for the AAMFT National Queer and Trans Advocacy Network (QTAN). His research focuses on Appalachian mental health and the opioid epidemic that is occurring in Appalachia. His dissertation was a qualitative study that focused on the experiences that church leaders in Appalachia had discussing substance misuse with members in their community. Additionally, he is a two-year recipient of the prestigious Minority Fellowship Grant, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). Lastly, he works in private practice in Greenville where he focuses on queer clients.