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Standards of care for LGBTQ+ clients are evolving and mental health service providers need to know the latest and most effective methods to provide the highest levels of clients care. At no cost to you, your therapists can learn and practice these new best practices for LGBTQ+ clients.

The University of Maryland Prevention Research Center is looking for 12 organizations that provide mental and behavioral health services to LGBTQ+ clients to serve as test sites for a new organizational assessment and educational program. Read on to learn what’s involved.


Your organization will be assigned to 1 of 2 groups that will receive distinct training.

All sites get:

  • CEU opportunities for therapists who attend trainings
  • Up to $1000 to the site for facilitating training and data collection
  • Up to $250 for each therapist who completes study assessments
  • Educational trainings on best practices for LGBTQ+ clients
  • Virtual simulated client feedback letters
  • Aggregate summaries of the research results


The test runs for about eight months at each site. During that time, our project will work with your administrators, therapists and clients on these activities.

All sites will participate in the following evaluation activities:

  • Organizational LGBTQ+ Climate Assessment survey at baseline and post-test
  • Therapist LGBTQ+ Competency Self-Assessment survey at baseline and post-test
  • Virtual Simulated Client Assessment at post-test
  • Client Satisfaction Survey at baseline and post-test
Michael Vigorito, community partner of University of Maryland Prevention Research Center

Michael Vigorito, LMFT, CGP, CST Sexual Health Training and Consulting Services

Mr. Vigorito is a sexual health psychotherapist, author and consultant. As a District of Columbia licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he treats clients concerned about their sexual health, including consensual sexual behavior problems, sexual disorders, unconventional erotic interests and sex-drug linked behaviors.


Sean Lare, community partner of University of Maryland Prevention Research Center

Sean Lare, LCSW-C Transgender Training and Consulting Services

Mr. Lare is a licensed clinical social worker, advocate and consultant with a private practice in Columbia, Maryland. He has 12+ years of experience helping LGBT individuals and their families. Mr. Lare’s areas of specialty include working with transgender andgender non-conforming individuals of all ages, LGB and queer identified teens and adults and their families. Mr. Lare also provides clinical supervision to social workers with a focus on sexuality and gender.