Howard County clinicians complete UMD’s Sexual and Gender Diversity Learning Community Project to grow and provide effective and affirmative care for LGBTQ+ clients

Springboard’s Howard County clinicians recently completed a training with the University of Maryland’s Sexual and Gender Diversity Learning Community (SGDLC) Project. Through the eight-month initiative, the clinicians learned counseling best practices to provide effective and affirmative care to LGBTQ+ clients.

“The Sexual and Gender Learning Community’s Project not only taught us skills related to our clinical practice but also challenged the team on how to analyze our own (Springboard) organizational climate for inclusion and diversity,” said Howard County’s Dr. Allie Cargo, a skilled psychologist with Springboard since 1999.

Completion of this SGDLC Project is only the beginning for Springboard to broaden its work with the LGBTQ community, according to F.T. Burden, CEO of Springboard Community Services. “We will continue to implement affirming practices agency-wide. Please know that these practices are not limited to our clients; it is our intention to also support and uplift our LGBTQ+ staff too,” added F.T. Burden.

Staff will continue to participate in training opportunities and leadership will review policies, procedures, and documents for LGBTQ+ inclusivity.

Springboard’s Interim Chief Program Officer, Elana Bouldin, and the former Howard County Director, Tiffany Jordan served as SGDLC Project liaisons. The Howard County’s team of therapists who completed the training include Dr. Allie Cargo, Paula Glascoe, La Shawna Obame, and Ilene Toller.

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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.

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