Join us Oct 9 for LGBTQIA+ Addictions taught by Asher Hung, MA


6 CEs

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. Winnicott theorized that the caregiver’s facilitating environment makes developmental processes possible. We will extend the facilitating environment beyond the caregiving relationship through each level of Brofenbrenner’s ecological model and fold in Prilleltensky’s (2008) principles of power. By containing and exploring the deep conflicts between community and clinical psychology, we may begin to understand some of the unmet needs of LGBTQIA+, consensually non-monogamous, and kinky clients seeking mental health care.  When we bring together multiple theories in both fields, participants can take the best of what both have to offer. Together, we will explore how therapists can make a deeper sense of personal, organizational, and systemic power in a variety of clinical settings to create safer and more affirming environments.

Learning objectives:

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

  1. List 3 conflicts between community psychology and clinical psychology that may inform why LGBTQIA+, consensually non monogamous, and kinky clients may be hesitant to seek out mental health treatment.
  2. Describe how the multiple levels of Brofenbrenner’s ecological model inform and expand a caregiver’s facilitating environment.
  3. Discuss how Prilleltensky conceptualizes the movement of power through multiple levels of community.
  4. Explain elements of organizational empowerment theory and identify conscious and unconscious power dynamics at play with their clients.
  5. Identify two ways unconscious power has limited the liberation and well being of LGBTQIA+, CNM, and kinky clients.
  6. Apply at least one action to create an increasingly affirmative space for LGBTQIA+, CNM, and kinky clients in their care.

Presenter Biography:

Melissa Dellens, M.A.

Melissa Dellens, MA (she/her) is passionate about building strong, healthy communities both big and small. Melissa earned her MA in Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles with an emphasis in Applied Community Psychology. She is trained in looking at large scale trauma from a community level lens and supporting recovery and healing from empowered and preventative approaches. Melissa is trained in the Community Narration Approach to help organizations more closely align their missions and values with the populations they serve. This work has been published in the Global Journal for Community Psychology. In addition, Melissa has trained psychoanalytically at Valley Community Counseling Clinic and Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. As a white, cisgender, bisexual woman with both privileged and marginalized identities, she understands the importance of creating affirmative and inclusive communities.


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$60 for pre-licensed clinicians (use code PowerPL60)

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