2023 Annual Educational Conference: LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Gender Affirming Care (Care Plus NJ)

Thursday, April 13, 2023
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


2023 Annual Educational Conference: LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Gender Affirming Care (Care Plus NJ)

The CarePlus Foundation is pleased to announce our 2023 Annual Educational Conference, "LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Gender Affirming Care" featuring Ryan Sallans, MA and Dr. Joe Kort, Ph.D. on Thursday, April 13, 2023 at Bergen Community College's Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ.

Understanding the impact of prejudice and stigma surrounding identifying as a sexual and gender minority requires action on every level: personal, professional and social. This conference is designed to provide a deeper understanding of identity development in relation to orientation, gender, and forms of expression. Through defining terminology, exploring identity development and pinpointing present societal barriers, our speakers will assist the audience in breaking down misconceptions of what it means to be LGBTQ+.

In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Treat clients struggling in "mixed" orientation marriages and relationships.
  • Understand the trauma suffered from suppressing one's own sexual and gender identity.
  • Recall the differences between sex, gender, expression and orientation.
  • Enhance attendees' comprehension of current health disparities impacting individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Employ strategies that improve communication and interactions with LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Identify current barriers to accessing health services for LGBTQ+ individuals.


  • 8:30am-9:00am - Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am-10:00am - Alphabet of Boutique identities amongst the lgbtq+ community
  • 10:15am-11:15am - Trauma growing up Lgbtq+
  • 11:15am-12:00pm - Q&A and Book Signing
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Overview of continuum of sex and gender & Identity development
  • 1:45pm-2:45pm - Impact of discrimination and stigma & addressing barriers to inclusive care
  • 2:45pm-3:30pm - Q&A and Book Signing

Ryan Sallans is an inspirational transgender speaker and author who specializes in inclusion, diversity, and healthcare. Over the last 20 years, Ryan has worked in the fields of eating disorder recovery, sexual orientation, and gender identity development. Dr. Joe Kort specializes in sexual identity issues, LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy as well as other areas involving sexual orientation. Jen Velten, MA, LPC, ACS, CCTP, DRCC, the Director of Trauma Services at CarePlus, will also provide context and guidance on engaging youth, families and providers to create a safe, inclusive space.

Age Groups
  • Adults
Community Services
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Crisis / Safety
Payment Options
  • Self Pay

Last Updated: 01/30/23