About My Professional Background

EDUCATION

  • Doctorate of Social Work, Capella University, MN

  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, University of MN

  • Master of Social Work, Augsburg College, MN

  • Master of Education in Family Education, University of MN

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Child Studies: Human Services Administration & Management, University of MN

  • Graduate Certificates (Level I & II) in Child Abuse Prevention Studies, U of MN

LICENSURE & CERTIFICATES

  • License Independent Clinical Social Worker

  • License Alcohol and Drug Counselor

  • Certificate  of Nonprofit Management, University of MN

  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist

 

SPECIALTY SKILLS

  • Trainer/consultant with the University of Indiana LGBTQ & ECHO clinic. TransECHO creates a network of health centers and faculty expertise to increase clinician access to knowledge and support needed to provide culturally responsible, comprehensive, primary care for transgender and gender non-binary patients. Thus far the TransECHO clinic has serviced close to 100 health centers all who have come together to share cases, receive advice and learn from expert faculty (Currently). 

  • National trainer/consultant with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Transgender Workgroup (under VHA Patient Care Services) via SCAN-ECHO (similar to telehealth) and to E-Consultation on sensitive transgender health care (2011-2016).

  • Served on the board of Rainbow Health Initiative for six years and presented at their Opportunity Conference in 2017 on the topic of transgender health care. 

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  1. Awarded a national certificate from the LGBT Veteran Services ICARE Certificate in recognition of the Core Value of Commitment working diligently to serve veterans and other beneficiaries, driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission by the Directors of LGBT Program, Office of Patient Care Services (2015).

  2. Certificate of Appreciation by VHA Diversity and Inclusion Office for development and published nationwide VA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Patient Group Directory(2014).

  3. Integral in the development of the first LGBT Employee Resource Group at Hennepin County Medical Center, which has served as a model to build other ethnic and cultural resource groups (2010).

PUBLISHED

  1. Laski, S., Sneed, Katti, Ahlman, Ruth, & Ersing, Robin. (2017). Minnesota Providers' Reflection on Health Care Change for Transgender People and Ongoing Barriers to Care, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

  2. Laski, S., & Albright, D. L. Sexual and gender minority veterans. In J. Beder (Ed.), Caring for the military: A guide for helping professionals. NY: Routledge.

  3. Shipherd, J., Kauth, M., Firek, A., Garcia, R., Mejia, Susan, Laski, S… (2016). Interdisciplinary transgender veteran care: Development of a core curriculum for VHA providers. Transgender Health 1(1), 54-62.

 

PRESENTATIONS/TRAINING

  1. Laski, S., & Oyster, K. (2019) Transgender health care training series (2018). To aid in expanding transgender sensitive care in the Twin Cities area.

  2. Laski, S. & Tanner, C. (2017). The conundrum of use, abuse, and addiction in mental health. St. Thomas University, Annual Field Workshop.

  3. Laski, S. (2017). Action Research: A Community Provider Reflection on a Decade of Changes and Ongoing Barriers to Health Care for Transgender and Gender Variant People. Rainbow Health Initiative, Opportunity Conference, Advancing LGBT Health.

  4. Laski, S. (2016). Enhancing Professional Quality of Life. HealthEast training.

  5. Laski, S., (2016). Enhancing Professional Quality of Life Through Self-Care and Wellness. HealthEast, Equitable Care All Staff Meeting.

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