Autistic-Affirmative Therapy for Allistic Providers
Presenter: Melissa Dellens, MA, AMFT
CE hours: 3
Date: May, 26 2022 1-4 Pacific; 4-7 Eastern
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.
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.
The Psychological Impact of Suppressing Kink Identity
Elyssa Helfer, MA, LMFT
The world of kink exists right under our noses. From dungeons to muches, kinky folks are finding ways to express their identities within a system that encourages secrecy. To fully affirm our clients, it is imperative that we understand who they are, what they enjoy and how their desires play out in their lives.
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.
Multiplicities of Desire: Working with the Intersection of Bisexuality and Polyamory
Stephanie M. Sullivan, M.S., LLMFT
Bisexuality can have multiple meanings, but will be defined here as the potential to be attracted to people of more than one sex or gender, either romantically, sexually, or both. Therapists who are working with a client who is bisexual in the polyamorous community may have to consider how their client’s bisexuality impacts them therapeutically.