LGBTQ+: A Colorful History

LGBTQ+: A Colorful History


IN-PERSON: Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board Room, 400 Johnson St., Alpena, MI 49707
VIRTUALLY: Microsoft Teams

Morning Session: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Afternoon Session: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Morning & Afternoon sessions will cover the same content

1.5 CE for Social Workers

This will be an interactive live webinar, with participants able to attend in person in the NeMCMHA Board room or via their own computer (camera required to be on for the entire course). In order to receive CE credit, you must attend the full 1 ½ hour training.

If you have questions, need more information, or require special accommodations contact Genny Grimshaw at (989) 358-7842 or

Target Audience

Front Line/Support Staff, Social Workers, Counselors, and Psychologists (We welcome all community members who would like to attend!)

Content Level

Beginner to Advanced

Course Description 

This course will orient attendees to a condensed review of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Questioning + (LGBTQ+) history makers and events. This brief overview will demonstrate significant policies, people, and moments in LGBTQ+ history to increase cultural competency. Knowledge is power!

Course Objectives
  1. Attendees will have a deeper understanding of historical and current policies that impact the LGBTQ+ community
  2. Attendees will have a deeper understanding of historical and current LGBTQ+ individuals that have impacted the LGBTQ+ community
  3. Attendees will be introduced to a history of and current LGBTQ+ events, as well as future events that impact LGBTQ+ folks, and those that serve them in helping professions.
Meet the Presenter

Sarah Hamilton, LMSW, is an honorary Michigander, that still has hope for their home state of Florida! Sarah is a licensed master social worker who has been practicing social work for roughly a decade working with the homeless population, protecting reproductive rights and sexual health, and providing outpatient therapy and crisis services with a focus in providing comprehensive services to LGBTQ+ folks. Sarah has a penchant for puns, and loves spending time crocheting, listening to records, learning to play banjo, or hanging with her cats!


Space is limited. Registration closes Tuesday, June 25, 2023. Cancellation notice is appreciated.

Social workers must sign in/out of the training, attend the entire course, provide their license number, and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. You will receive your certificate within 30 days of course completion.

Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority (NeMCMHA), Provider #1767 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continue Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. NeMCMHA maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/19/2022 – 05/19/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 social work continuing education credits.

For more information about NeMCMHA services and training opportunities, please visit: NeMCMHA is funded, in part, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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