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Increasing Safe Spaces for the LGBTQ Community

  • June 23, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Any staff member of a LILRC Institutional Member or a LILRC Retired Member
  • Not a LILRC or ESLN Member, or outside of NYS
  • For staff and members of any other NY councils. (CDLC, CLRC, METRO, NNYLN, RRLC, SCRLC, SENYLRC, WNYLRC)

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Creating spaces where LGBTQ people can feel safe and supported is paramount at this point in history. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss current stressors affecting the LGBTQ community and explore methods to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ people. We will specifically highlight the needs of trans people and ways to support this resilient community. 

Program Takeaways: 

  • Current research on psychosocial stressors affecting LGBTQ people
  • Methods for Creating Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ peoples
  • Experiential activities for increasing empathy for working with LGBTQ peoples

Presented by: Dr. Samuel M. Colbert, PhD is a Counseling Psychologist. He earned his PhD at Ball State University and currently works as a couples and individual therapist at Philadelphia Couples

Therapy, a private group practice in Philadelphia, PA. He recently completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at University of Pennsylvania’s (UPenn’s) counseling center. He received his

master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Ball State University and his Bachelor of Arts at SUNY Geneseo.

Sam’s previous teaching experience includes serving as instructor of record for undergraduate courses, including: Human Sexuality, Multicultural Counseling and Fundamentals of Counseling

Skills. He has presented LGBTQ Skill Building Workshops to Psychologists at the Annual American Psychological Convention, National Rehabilitation Psychological Conference, and to

Fellows at John’s Hopkins. Prior to graduate school he conducted 261 LGBTQ cultural awareness trainings to varied audiences ranging from elementary school students to university faculty and staff. Informed from his teaching and training experiences, Sam has recently co-

authored a chapter in Navigating Difficult Teaching Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice published by the American Psychological Association. Sam’s research includes exploring

factors leading to the health and well-being of gender and sexual minority people possessing intersecting identities. In addition to research, teaching and training, he has provided hundreds of

hours of individual, group, and couples therapy to clients with various presenting concerns. Sam is excited to share his passion for learning, teaching, and training with the Long Island Library Resources Council!

To see some of Sam’s recent videos, you can follow him on Instagram or on TikTok at @sam_colbert_phd


Code of Conduct

For questions, please email Eliscia Cirrone,

Professional Development Hours: 1.5 (.15 CEUs)

Program Recording: No


1. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, to check your registration.  

2.  If you have any questions regarding this program or registration and program access, please contact Eliscia Cirrone,

Long Island Library Resources Council
627 N. Sunrise Service Road
Bellport NY, 11713
Phone: (631) 675-1570

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