Approved for Continuing Education

This class fulfills LGBTQ education requirements for Washington, DC health professionals.

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

This course is listed with the FSMTB CE Registry for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

Approved by NCBTMB for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

Approved for 2 contact/clock hours of continuing education credit by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Family Medicine for the following professions:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dentist/Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nurse (APN, RN, LPN)
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist/COTA
  • Physical Therapist/PTA
  • Psychologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker

Course Description

For an LGBTQ+ individual, an informed and aware healthcare provider can mean the difference between receiving optimum care or no care at all. In some cases, LGBTQ+ individuals may delay care or ignore health-related issues because of their inability to find professionals who meet their needs. Healthcare professionals may also miss out on rich and rewarding therapeutic relationships when their practices are not welcoming and affirming.

In this course, you will learn about the health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community, gain a basic understanding of the needs of this community (Spoiler: It’s dignity and respect), and you will examine your own biases and assumptions. You will also learn some practical ideas for making your practice more welcoming and affirming.


Guest Instructor Clare Madrigal

Clare Madrigal, RN has been an Emergency Room nurse for 11 years. In 2015 Clare graduated from the bridge LVN to RN program at Mercy Hospital School Of Nursing in Miami, FL. Currently Clare is the LGBTQ Resource Nurse and LGBTQ Committee Chair of Sibley Memorial Hospital- a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role Clare provides education, advocacy and outreach for the LGBTQ+ community.

Instructor & Education Director Rebecca Sturgeon

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Director. She works tirelessly to organize existing courses and to create new opportunities for Healwell to offer meaningful and robust inter-professional education for massage therapists and other health care providers. Rebecca co-authored "Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care" (Handspring, 2021.) As a former teacher of writing at the college level, Rebecca is passionate about the written word and about all forms of human communication. In her massage practice, she focuses on integrating therapeutic massage as part of overall health and wellness care. She is also an experienced mentor to new massage therapists, and facilitator of learning groups.

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