Help! My Cape is WAY too Tight

Navigating the Complexity of LGBTQ+ Identities in Helping Professions

February 15, 2022 Run Time: 67 min

Release Date: 11/16/2022      Expiration Date: 11/16/2023 Continue To Post-test


Activity Overview

Most of us are aware of the obvious stressors and fatigue associated with working in helping health professions. What often goes undetected or unrecognized is how our unique identity factors may also contribute to helper fatigue and, at times, burn out. We will explore how sexual orientation and gender diverse identities (LGBTQ+), while at once personal and, at times, invisible unless disclosed, may also be a complex part of the professional and systemic healthcare landscape. When you’re a healthcare “superhero,” how do you make sure to loosen that cape in times of great stress?


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe unique factors of LGBTQ+ identities which may interact with, and uniquely amplify, the stress of working in a helping/healthcare profession.
  • Apply stress reduction strategies particularly related to LGBTQ+ identities.
  • Summarize options for systems level intervention in support of LGBTQ+ healthcare workers to mitigate burnout.


Target Audience

This activity is designed for an audience of nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals.


    Criteria for Success

    To obtain a certificate of completion, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your certificate.  You must participate in the entire activity to receive credit. There is no fee to participate in this activity. If you have questions about this activity, please contact AKH Inc.



    Continuing Education Credit Information

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    CE Credit Provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare

    In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Cancer Support Community. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



    Credit being awarded: 1.0 ANCC contact hour



    Continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.


    Social Workers

    As a Jointly Accredited Organization, AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is an approved continuing education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credit.

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    Commercial Support

    There is no commercial support for this activity.



    It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The author must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with ineligible companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are mitigated by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity. AKH planners and reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.



    Commercial Interest

    Sarah Burgamy, PsyD (faculty)


    Nothing to disclose

    Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Senior Director of Continuing Education & Compliance


    Nothing to disclose

    Broc Pollinger, MSW, LSW, OSW-C, (planner/reviewer)


    Nothing to disclose

    Michele Bielarski, RN (planner/reviewer)


    Nothing to disclose

    AKH Inc Staff and Planners


    Nothing to disclose

    Cancer Support Community Staff and Planners


    Nothing to disclose

    All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.


    Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product

    This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.



    This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.