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Meeting the Client Where they are At: Addiction Treatment for the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Client

This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning's Spring 2017 Seminar Series.

June 23, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

NYU Silver School of Social Work
1 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003


In traditional treatment programs, hidden populations such as women of color, LGBT, and others are not recognized as having unique service needs. Too often the practitioner will “lump” this person with other groups, resulting in high rates of relapse and recidivism. Programs that recognize the unique needs of LGBT individuals have higher treatment success rates and outcomes. This seminar will focus on ways clinical practitioners can improve their practice to LGBT individuals.
This seminar will begin with an overview of key terms and concepts in the recovery field; with a strong emphasis will be placed on mental health, physical health and substance abuse treatment approaches. Attendees will gain direct knowledge of the unique treatment needs of LGBT individuals in substance abuse programs and conclude with concrete resources and ideas for effective intervention strategies for this population.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Participants will have a working knowledge of all contemporary terms and concepts relevant to working effectively with LGBT populations in behavioral care.
  • Participants will have an understanding of how cultural humility plays a critical role in the therapeutic relationship, and understand how to apply it to their work.
  • Participants will be able to identify two new approaches when working with the LGBT population in addiction and mental health treatment.
  • Participants will be able to identify two new approaches in working with the LGBT population who are struggling with an addiction and mental/physical health concerns.


Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R

Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R, CASAC
Executive Director, The Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund
Adjunct Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Former Project Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court

Professor Madonia is currently the Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court where he is responsible for the implementation of policy and planning, oversight of clinical operations, management of federal grants and supervision of staff. He hosts numerous site visits to the court by international dignitaries and local and national visitors. In this role, he also developed and implemented the Brooklyn Diversion, Veterans and DWI courts. Mr. Madonia is currently the chairperson for Brooklyn Treatment Court’s Clinical Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Veterans Stakeholder Board. He also holds several committee memberships including the New York City Drug Treatment Court Regional Work Group and committees for Best Practices on Young Adults and Veterans. In September of 2009 Mr. Madonia was appointed by Governor David Patterson to sit on the New York State Board for Medical Misconduct. [Read More]


Diana Padilla

Diana Padilla
Program Manager, Training Institute of NDRI-USA 

With over 19 years of public health experience, Ms. Padilla conducts evaluation activities with substance abuse treatment programs, participates in research studies, and develops curriculum on behavioral health topics and related issues. As a senior staff trainer for the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Transfer Technology Center Network (NeC ATTC), she trains addiction professionals, prevention specialists, and drug court practitioners on Substance Abuse, Cultural Competence in Addiction and Problem Solving Courts, Women’s Issues, Hepatitis C, Trauma Informed Care, LGBTQ Competencies, Behavioral Health & Technology Support, Intimate Partner Violence and Development Issues with Adolescents. Her life’s goal is to effect change within communities of underserved populations.


  • General Admission: $60.00
  • NYU Faculty & Staff: $45.00
  • NYU Silver Alumni (Graduate and Undergraduate degrees): $45.00
  • NYU Silver Post-Masters Certificate Program Alumni: $51.00
  • NYU Silver Current Field Instructors: $45.00
  • NYU Silver Current Students (space-available basis): $30.00
  • Non-NYU Current MSW and PhD Students (space-available basis): $45.00
  • 3+ from one agency: $45.00 each
  • Veterans: $30.00

All discounts must be applied before the event date.


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NYSED and ACE approved for 3 CE hours. 

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.

This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 continuing education clock hours. 


This program will be CASAC-credit eligible. 


If after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will issue refunds on the following basis:
Refund requests made on or before June 15 (by midnight): full refund
Refund requests made on or before June 21  (by midnight): 50% refund
Refund requests made on or after June 22: no refund
If the event is cancelled, all registrants will be fully reimbursed. To withdraw from and be reimbursed for this event, please complete the form located here.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

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NYU Silver School of Social Work
Office of Global and Lifelong Learning
1 Washington Square North, G08
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5973
Fax: 212-995-4497