*This presentation is no longer eligible for the 1 CE credit*
Although gains have been made in the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals, recent legislation over the past several years has attempted to remove these rights contributing to increased stress due to discrimination and oppression of marginalized communities. The session will present data on minority stress as it applies to the intersectionality of identities of LGBTQ+ individuals. Minority stress, compounded with emerging research on adverse childhood experiences, will be examined as it relates to the higher prevalence of substance use and mental health issues in the community.
Todd Connaughty, MA, LPCC, LADC
Director of Clinical Services – PRIDE Institute
Todd has been employed with PRIDE Institute in various roles since 2006 and in his current role as Director of Clinical Services since 2012. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Metropolitan State University and his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University. He is certified to provide supervision to Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy of Minnesota. Todd is active on the conference circuit presenting on the substance use and mental health issues of the LGBTQIA+ community including the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, the Moments of Change Conference, and the Finding Freedom Symposium. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of LGBTQ Addiction Professionals and Their Allies (NALGAP) and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Behavioral Health Council. Todd was privileged to receive the 2022 Clinical Supervisor of the Year award from the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH).