Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer & Other Sexualities
Presenter: Asher Hung, MA, AMFT
Date/Time: October 9, 2022 10:00 am -5:30 pm Pacific; 2 15-minute breaks + 1-hour lunch
LGBTQIA+ addiction is disproportionately prevalent and unique from endosex-hetero-cisgender addictions. Destructive behaviors in the LGBTQIA+ population range from alcohol and substance abuse to disordered eating, sex/love/abuse/porn addiction, and even high-risk or criminal behaviors.
Transference/Countertransference dynamics with LGBTQIA+ clients
Presenter: Cadyn Cathers, PsyD
Date/Time: September 18, 2022; 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Pacific; 2 15-minute break + 1-hour lunch
The transference/countertransference dynamics between the therapist and the client are complex. The unique experiences lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or nonbinary, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+) clients have surrounding gender and sexuality can add additional layers of complexity to therapeutic dynamics.
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.
Presenter: Chase Cates, DO MPH
Date: July 28, 2022
Routine and preventative medical care is essential to good health. The ability for mental health providers to rule out any medical concerns early in treatment allows for more accurate mental health diagnoses. LGBTQ+ people delay and avoid medical health care at higher rates than their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts due to medical discrimination, access to medical insurance, and stigma in the community based on hearing about another person’s negative 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.
Identity Development around Sexuality, Gender, and Relationships
Presenter: Cadyn Cathers, PsyD
Identity formation is a key developmental process for all individuals, but has special significance to those developing LGBTQIA+, consensually non-monogamous (CNM), or kink identities. A lack of coherent identity can impact a person’s relationships, mood, and occupation in a variety of ways.
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.
Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy for LGBTQIA+ Clients
Katie Ziskind LMFT, RYT500
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.
HIV/AIDS Retraumatization during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Samuel Donath, MS
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.
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.