Affirmative Care for LGBTQ+ Older Adults
Presenter: Teresa M. Theophano, LCSW
Date: August 7, 2022
How do principles of healthy aging as well as SOGI- (sexual orientation and gender identity) related historical trauma impact LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) older people? As the US population ages, it is vital for therapists to learn about current best practices in affirmative mental health care for LGBTQ+ older adults.
Autistic-Affirmative Therapy for Allistic Providers
Presenter: Melissa Dellens, MA, AMFT
CE hours: 3
An Allistic person is someone who is not Autistic. An Allistic therapist may struggle to make connections with an Autistic client. What does it feel like to share space, time, and conversation with another person? When we fold in the complexities of Autism we have the opportunity to experience so much more sensory and non-verbal information. This can further impact assumptions and beliefs about an Autistic person’s sexuality or gender experience.
Spiritual Resilience with Christian LGBT Clients
Presenter: Melissa Dellens, MA, AMFT
CE Hours: 3 hours
Nearly half of LGBT adults in the United States are religious, of which approximately three million identify as Protestant or Catholic (Williams Institute, 2020). Many LGBT youth raised with conservative religious face higher rates of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse than their cisgender and heterosexual peers (Gibbs & Goldbach, 2015). Cultural conflicts between sexuality, gender, and religion are deep, and create profound conflicts for religious people in gender and sexuality expansive communities.
Power Dynamics in the Facilitating Environment
Melissa Dellens, MA
Community psychology emerged in reaction to clinical psychotherapy; with a fervent belief that if mental health problems are related to the misuse of power at systemic and institutional levels then individual psychotherapy is not the answer. Community psychology believes interventions in a dyadic relationship do not begin to meet the greater unmet needs of the collective. We will explore this assertion from a perspective of psychodynamically-informed psychotherapy.
The Black Gay Community and Crystal Meth
Jerry St. Louis, LGSW
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).
Working with LGBTQ Veterans
Zander Keig, LCSW
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.
Fighting without Fighting: DBT Skills for Addressing Microaggressions
Rachel Jones, M.A.
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.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Black Gay Men
Muria Nisbett, LCSW
1.5 CEs Available
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.