LGBTQ+ Mental Health: The Trauma of Coming Out
June is Pride Month and along with the festivities and celebrations, it is important to bring to light the need for mental health support within the LGBTQ+ community. Statistics have shown that 40% of LGBTQ+ youth have considered suicide in the last year, and 1 in 3 have been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime because of their identity.
In honor of Pride Month, Dr. LaNail R. Plummer, CEO of Onyx Therapy Group, will share her research, experiences, and evidence of working with members of the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Plummer will use “real-life” quotes, client-based scenarios, and evidence-based practices to form tips for audience members, mental health professionals, and members of her shared LGBTQ+ community.
Join us for this 60-minute webinar where we will discuss:
- Trauma through a clinical lens;
- The “coming out” experience for members of the LGBTQ+ community; and
- Ways to create new community and secondary families as one chooses to live a life of authenticity.
This webinar will be recorded and available to the public within 1 week. We do not offer CEUs, but certificates of attendance will be available after the event.
Meet the Speaker:
Dr. LaNail R. Plummer, Ed.D., LPC (DC), LCPC-S (MD), ACS, NCC, BC-TMH
As a leading professional in the mental health field, Dr. LaNail R. Plummer is committed to improving the lifestyles of others through the aspects of mental health and character development. A United States Military Veteran and the CEO and Clinical Director of Onyx Therapy Group – an organization she founded in 2013 – Dr. Plummer has over 15 years of experience working with a multitude of clients, and specializes in the care of young women, the Black community, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Grounded in the values of integrity and awareness, Dr. Plummer believes that emotional, spiritual, and cultural healing is attainable for all.
As the CEO of Onyx Therapy Group, Dr. Plummer and her team of counselors and consultants aim to create a company whose mission is centered on addressing mental health issues, disparities, and inequalities in communities, organizations, and individuals in need. With 8 clinical locations through Maryland, Pennsylvania, and D.C., Dr. Plummer and her team specialize in a range of theories, therapies, and various educational models of training and learning that focus on critical race theory and culturally sustaining pedagogy. Combining her experiences from the military, school/community leadership, parenting, and her work as a university faculty member, Dr. Plummer strives to provide a safe space with the best services available for her clients.
As a researcher, Dr. Plummer explores the experiences of Black women in clinical and supervision settings with the goal of creating a grounded theory that best suits the needs of Black women in a range of professions. Additionally, Onyx Therapy Group provides direct consultation to local and federal government agencies, while providing models and structures that allow them to support their frontline mental health teams. With her knowledge of clinical frameworks and counseling, along with expertise in clinical supervision, small business/private practice start-ups, and spiritual techniques, Dr. Plummer has lent her expertise to international and nationally recognized conferences.
Dr. Plummer is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and has been featured on CNN, ABC7, and NBC4. She is the 2020 recipient of the TAGG Magazine Enterprising Woman Award and was named as an honoree for the 40 Under 40 Award through the Center of Leadership and Excellence.