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A Mental Health Professional's Guide to LGBTQ Allyship and Gender Pronouns

On-Demand Pre-Recorded Training

In part I of this two-hour training, participants will learn about the lived experience of LGBTQ+ people, research-supported best practices, and how they can better support the LGBTQ+ community as an active ally. The course begins with discussing sexual orientation and gender identity, including important LGBTQ terminology. Next it will touch on how to create a positive and welcoming environment in your organization or practice. Finally LGBTQ+ allyship best practices will be discussed with specific examples and recommendations.

Part II of the training will take you through the ins and outs of understanding gender pronouns and why they’re important. The presenter will discuss the history of gender pronouns and give examples of the uses of gender-inclusive pronouns. Gender pronoun best practices will be discussed and gender-neutral pronoun practice activities will be provided.

*Please note: this course includes 1 hour from the previously available 1-hour On-Demand "Gender Inclusive Pronouns Training". If you previously completed the 1-hour Gender Inclusive Pronouns Training, and are interested in this updated 2-hour course, please contact us at

About the Course

On-Demand Pre-Recorded Training

Recorded March 2022 and May 2022



NBCC Credit Hours


MD Social Work


Category II

DC  Social Work




1 Year Online Course Access
Downloadable Course Workbook
Continuing Education Credit Hours

Target Audience

Mental health professionals including social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, licensed addictions counselors.

Course Level


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Course Instructor

Gregory Brightbill, EdD, MBA

Dr. Gregory A. Brightbill (pronouns he/they) is a servant leader with extensive experience in higher education, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and non-profit leadership. Dr. Brightbill believes that advocacy, learning, and personal growth cannot occur in a vacuum and that allyship and social change require empathy, relationships, dedication, and action.

In their professional work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Dr. Brightbill serves in student affairs supporting the educational, professional, and identity-based needs of health and human services students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. Outside of his role at UMB, Dr. Brightbill is the owner of Bright Baltimore, LLC, a training and consulting company located in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in LGBTQ+ advocacy and leadership, and serves on the Board of Directors for GLSEN (pronounced Glisen) Maryland, which is an education and advocacy organization specializing in the needs of k-12 Queer youth in Maryland Schools. In other areas of his life, Dr. Brightbill continues to be a passionate thought leader in education and LGBTQ+ activism, publishing op-eds supporting LGBTQ+ rights and being locally featured as an expert on issues and legislation impacting LGBTQ+ people and higher education.

Course Objectives

After attending this training, participants will be able to...

  • Identify the basic terms included in LGBTQ+

  • Differentiate between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation

  • Recall basic best practices for LGBTQ+ inclusion

  • Show a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ identity and experience

  • Describe the importance of gender pronouns and their proper usage for all individuals.

  • Use and incorporate gender pronoun best practices into their everyday life.

  • Demonstrate the use of gender-neutral and gender-inclusive pronouns

Course Agenda

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