CE Hours: 6
Date: October 9, 2022 10:00AM-5:30PM PST; 2 15-minute breaks + 1-hour lunch
Presenter: Asher Hung, MA, AMFT

Presenter: Asher Hung, MA, AMFT

Date/Time: October 9, 2022 10:00 am – 5:30 pm PST; 2 15-minute breaks + 1-hour lunch

6 CEs


$150 for licensed

$120 for licensed in non-profit organization (Use coupon code at checkout: LGBTQIAADD30)

$75 for pre-licensed (Use Coupon Code at checkout: LGBTQIAADD75)

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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. LGBTQIA+ people face unique challenges when seeking recovery from addictive substances and behaviors. Affirmative clinicians benefit from an understanding of the relationship between minority stressors and trauma in order to provide affirming care. In this course, we will explore unique causes for LGBTQIA+ people as well as the unique manners of use. We will discuss the perpetuating role of LGBTQIA+ culture as well as how our clients may move through the phases of change. Finally, we will explore therapeutic adjustments to enable better outcomes in cessation and sustainable recovery. The influences of internalized homo-/trans-/bi-phobias and intersectionality with racism, misogyny and socio-economic oppression will be discussed. We will examine prevalence, predispositions, identifying factors, relapse support, vulnerabilities in recovery, and a multitude of interventions including awareness of triggering situations and people, learning how to use social support, integration of the “good” and “bad” self, finding focus on motivation over problem resolution, and exploring pre-lapse and recovery from relapse. You will be provided with a toolkit of practical guides, psychoeducational models of recovery and change, and client worksheets. Application of these principles will be explored through case examples.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 2 unique factors influencing LGBTQIA+ predisposition to addictive behaviors
  • Identify at least 2 supportive factors in sustainable recovery
  • Describe at least 2 signs and symptoms of unacknowledged addiction
  • Utilize at least 2 interventions for motivating a decision for cessation and recovery

Asher Hung, MA, AMFT

About the Presenter

Asher Hung, MA, AMFT (he/him/his) – My approach involves non-critical interest in your strengths, circumstances and goals. I like to know how you came to this place in your life and where you’d like to go. I’m very conversational, honest, and direct while I deeply value kindness. I have deepened sensitivities to LGBQIA+ and transgender people as well as fellow people in recovery.

Additional Information

Instruction Level
This course is meant for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Who should Attend
Psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists and social workers.

Live, virtual presentation with the opportunity for interaction with the presenter. This course will be available as a recorded homestudy approximately two weeks after the event.

Zoom Link
You will receive a reminder email to register for your Zoom link after signing up for the course.

If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please contact us at info@affirmativecouch.com

Completion Requirements

Live Event

  • To get CE credit for the live event, you need to be present for the entire course.
  • You will be asked to sign in and out in the chat box in order to track attendance during breaks.
  • We will email you your certificate of attendance within 48 hours of the course.
  • This presentation will be recorded and available as a homestudy approximately two weeks after the live event.
  • Your active participation will contribute and enhance the learning of participants that complete the recorded homestudy version.

Financial Support

Presenters are compensated by the Affirmative Couch for the courses they teach. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

For any inquiries related to subject matter, problem resolution, corrections, grievances, or anything else, please contact us.


The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with the event date and “accommodation request” in the subject line. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Continuing Education Approvals

APA ApprovedThe Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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