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The Black Gay Community and Crystal Meth

Posted: 6-18-21 | The Affirmative Couch

The Black Gay Community and Crystal Meth

Presenter: Jerry St Louis, LGSW

September 15, 2021 - 9:00 am Pacific/12:00 pm Eastern

2 CEs

The Black Gay Community and Crystal Meth

$60

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Course Description

Abstract:

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or Tina, has been a health concern for the LGBTQ+ community since the late 1990s. In most recent studies, researcher are seeing an increase in use in the Black/African American Gay community (Secret, 2015). As a result, mental health professionals should be familiar with information related to the current crystal meth epidemic and how it relates to Black Gay community.

This course will provide an overview of the experience of Black/African American Gay men and the prevalence of crystal methamphetamine use, including the unique challenges they and the therapist face in treatment. This course is designed to build awareness, provide useful tools in providing ethnically competent services, and discuss risk factors faced by Black/African American Gay men who use crystal meth. The course will cover issues facing Black/African American Gay men, their use of crystal meth and how to support those with taking culture and experience into consideration.

Learning Objectives:

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe contextual factors, including at least 2 challenges in accessing early intervention and treatment, that impact the crystal meth epidemic in
  • Black/African American Gay communities.
  • Identify at least 2 factors that may be related to the crystal meth overdose rates in Black/African American communities in the US.
  • Implement at least 2 new treatment strategies in clinical work with Black/African American Gay men dealing with crystal meth addiction.

2 CEs

Who should take this course:

Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Registered Dietitians, and other professionals working with eating disorders, disordered eating, and/or issues around diet culture with transgender and gender nonbinary clients.


$60

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Working with LGBTQ Veterans

Posted: 5-19-21 | The Affirmative Couch

Working with LGBTQ Veterans

Presenter: Zander Keig, LCSW

Recorded Webinar

2 CEs

Working with LGBTQ Veterans

$60

Maximum Registration for the Live Event: 100

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Course Description

Abstract:

When working with sexual and gender minority veterans, it helps to understand military culture and the active-duty experience. For example, the experience of a lesbian serving prior to the Don't Ask Don't Tell Don't Pursue (repealed in 2011) in the US Army is vastly different from a trans female serving under the current Department of Defense Open Transgender Service Policy (2016) in the US Navy.
Whether a veteran seeks mental health and/or medical care services at a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility or not, knowing that the VHA has made tremendous strides toward providing LGBT veterans with culturally competent care may increase the likelihood that the veteran will access their entitled benefits.

Learning Objectives:

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and address barriers to self-recognition as a veteran for LGBTQ service members
  • Explain differences between discharge types from active-duty service and their implications on mental health
  • Describe the psychological impact of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue) and its repeal on LGB and T service members
  • Discuss how the Transgender Open Service policy and Ban on Transgender Service members has influenced transgender and gender nonbinary service members and veterans

2 CEs

Who should take this course:

Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Registered Dietitians, and other professionals working with eating disorders, disordered eating, and/or issues around diet culture with transgender and gender nonbinary clients.


$60

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Course Outline

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy for LGBTQIA+ Clients

Posted: 10-14-20 | The Affirmative Couch

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy for LGBTQIA+ Clients

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy for LGBTQIA+ Clients

$140

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Course Description

Abstract:

LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc.) clients are subject to minority stressors, which are often experienced as trauma. An evidence-based practice that can address the effects of this is yoga therapy, which involves mind, body, and spirit, and entails mindfulness, movement, and healing touch to provide traumatized clients with a sense of control. This course comprises an overview of the principles of yoga therapy, and will cover basic techniques to supplement traditional talk-based psychotherapy for LGBTQIA+ clients of all ages presenting with PTSD and other trauma-related issues. Guided meditations, movement/poses, and healing touch as interventions to enhance psychotherapy sessions with LGBTQIA+ clients will be discussed. Therapists will learn about breathing techniques that can soothe the parasympathetic nervous system that can be activated by living in a homo-, bi-, and transphobic society. The seven chakras will be covered in detail as they relate to LGBTQIA+ mental health. An overview of nutrition guidelines and their impact on mood and wellness is included. Principles of Ayurveda, such as the doshas and koshas, are covered, and case examples of how to apply these to LGBTQIA+ clients are provided.

4.5 CEs/ 4 hours 39 minutes of video + post test

Learning Objectives:

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two ways in which yoga therapy can assist LGBTQIA+ clients in healing from trauma
  • Describe how yoga poses can be used to supplement talk therapy for LGBTQIA+ individuals and couples
  • Explain how the seven chakras can relate to trauma-informed work with LGBTQIA+ clients
  • Apply Ayurvedic principles of doshas and koshas and basic nutrition guidelines to holistic LGBTQIA+ client care
  • Explain how therapeutic touch can promote healing from trauma among LGBTQIA+ clients

Note: This course does not replace the 200-hour course necessary to become a certified yoga therapist. It is intended to serve as an introduction to principles of yoga therapy as they may apply to affirmative psychotherapists, or as additional training for yoga therapists in becoming affirmative practitioners.

Who should take this course:

Psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors with an interest in yoga therapy.

Audience:

Intermediate


Katie ZiskindPresenter/Instructor: Katie Ziskind LMFT, RYT500

I’m Katie Ziskind, a holistic LMFT. I am the owner of Wisdom Within Counseling in CT. We specialize with children, teens, and young adults and teach confidence skills using art, yoga, animals, and outdoor walking sessions. View Bio


$140

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Course Outline

HIV/AIDS Retraumatization during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted: 6-15-20 | The Affirmative Couch

HIV/AIDS COVID-19 Retraumatization

Presenter/Instructor: Samuel Donath, MS

3 CEs Available

Abstract: Older LGBTQIA+ individuals who survived the AIDS crisis face possible re-traumatization due to the current international COVID-19 health crisis. Helping these community members during this unique period in history presents specific clinical challenges. Special consideration and education is needed for mental health professionals to work competently with this population throughout the pandemic.

This course is designed to help providers understand how to support community members who may experience re-traumatization due to COVID-19. The lecture will focus on psychoeducation, information on the AIDS crisis and COVID-19, symptoms clients may demonstrate related to trauma or re-traumatization, potential diagnosis, a brief overview of current research on trauma, best practices and clinical considerations, development and promotion of specific coping skills, promoting resiliency, and preparing clients to manage symptoms outside of therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss two ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is similar to the AIDS crisis.
  2. Identify three ways in which older LGBTQIA+ clients who lived through the AIDS crisis may be triggered by the current health crisis.
  3. Demonstrate three trauma-related coping skills older LGBTQIA+ clients who survived the AIDS crisis can use to help them through this difficult time.

Samuel Donath, MS is an associate marriage family therapist who usually splits his time being at the clinic and occasionally helping teach at university. His main therapeutic focus in on sex therapy, LGBTQIA+, trauma, anxiety, and relationship issues.

$45

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Fighting without Fighting: DBT Skills for Addressing Microaggressions

Posted: 4-23-20 | The Affirmative Couch

DBT Skills for Microaggressions

Presenter/Instructor: Rachel Jones, M.A.

2.5 CEs Available

Abstract: Microaggressions exist in the form of jokes, insults, biases, questions, and comments. They are often casual and can even be well-intended. On a day-to-day basis, microaggressions are directed toward people of color, women, gender diverse individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, relationship expansive individuals, and other people of marginalized groups or communities outside of the cultural norm. Their impacts on mental health range in severity and cause significant distress. While the targets of microaggressions are not responsible for the actions of others, they can develop control over their responses. 

This course will provide clinicians with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) interventions to increase adult and adolescent clients’ self-efficacy and agency. The course will differentiate between microaggressions and more overt offenses, and cover the implications on mental health and the unique clinical needs of groups and communities commonly targeted. The presenter will teach a selection of DBT skills for clients who struggle with distress, rumination, anger, impulsivity, suicidal ideation, relationship issues, and ineffective communication as a result of microaggressions. The course will be presented in the form of lectures, video demonstrations, and vignettes. 

Learning Objectives

After participants complete this course, they should be able to:

  1. Identify microaggressions and describe at least 3 ways in which microaggressions impact mental health
  2. Compare the changes in the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems when using DBT skills 
  3. Select at least 1 appropriate DBT skill for each of the four modules according to the client’s subjective level of distress 

Rachel Jones, M.A.  – Rachel is an Associate MFT working in private practice, specializing in treating individual adults, couples/multi-partners, adolescents, and children ages 5 and up. She also provides individual therapy in conjunction with phone coaching and skills groups as a part of the Comprehensive DBT treatment team at Suzanne Wallach Psychotherapy.

$75

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Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Black Gay Men

Posted: 2-29-20 | The Affirmative Couch

Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Black Gay Men

Presenter: Muria Nisbett, LCSW

1.5 CEs Available; 1.5 hours

Abstract: Cognitive hypnotherapy is an innovative, evidence-based multimodal treatment that can be used to address a myriad of mental health issues. This modality incorporates techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy, and mindfulness. Black* gay men have long faced discrimination, rejection, fear, violence and revictimization, religious intolerance, economic and criminal injustice. They deal not only with systemic racism, but also homophobia. As a result, Black gay men are more likely to experience mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. While many therapeutic models can be effective in working with this population, cognitive hypnotherapy is increasingly becoming known as a particularly salient treatment. Utilizing a vignette of a Black gay man dealing with severe depression, the training will detail a step-by-step 16-week process of providing cognitive hypnotherapy to illustrate how this modality can be adapted for working with this population.

*Although the the terms may have different implications for different people, \"African-American\" and \"Black\" are used here interchangeably.

After participating in this training, learners will be able to:

Describe two positive effects of cognitive hypnotherapy as a treatment modality for African-American gay men.
Briefly describe the early, middle, and late stages of the 16-week process of providing cognitive hypnotherapy.

$30

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Student/prelicensed price is $10. USE COUPON CODE: chbgm20

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