Antioch University Los Angeles and the LGBT Specialization are excited to support the UCLA LGBTQ Fellowship at UCLA Health in association with the David Geffen School of Medicine. Having learned of the LGBT Specialization’s one-of-a-kind LGBTQ affirmative clinical program, UCLA approached Antioch to provide affirmative mental healthcare education for a practicing physician in a year-long fellowship program.
Because LGBTQ-specific topics are often not adequately taught in medical school and residency programs, the LGBT Specialization’s curriculum was sought out to increase sensitivity and understanding of affirmative LGBTQ-centered patient care in the medical setting.
The program was inaugurated Summer Quarter 2019 through the collaborative efforts of UCLA’s Dr. George Yen with Antioch’s MA in Clinical Psychology Program Chair Dr. Joy Turek, and Interim Co-directors of the LGBT Specialization Thomas Mondragon and Cadyn Cathers. Selected by UCLA from a national pool of applicants, Dr. M. Chase Cates has been attending classes and will continue through Spring Quarter 2020.
LGBT Specialization courses will provide invaluable learning on LGBTQ identities and expressions, affirmative mental health and clinical training, including workshops addressing LGBTQ addiction and HIV/AIDS care.
Antioch’s role in UCLA’a fellowship program confirms the 13 year plus mission of the LGBT Specialization to provide Los Angeles communities an LGBTQ affirming and respectful approach towards medical and mental health needs that foster greater functioning, self-regard and self-agency of the unique experience of LGBTQ individuals.