Beyond Tolerance: Affirmative Therapy with LGBTQ Individuals

Presented by Lisa Maurel, MFT on 09-23-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

LGBTQ individuals seek therapy at a higher rate than their non-LGBTQ counterparts. One of the greatest barriers that LGBTQ people experience in accessing mental health care is the anticipation of and experience of discrimination. Clients often find that a therapist’s lack of knowledge about diverse sexual and gender identities leaves the client with the burden of educating the therapist. 

Many therapists, trained in traditional developmental theories that often assign stigma or pathology to LGBTQ clients and in a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) that historically classified homosexuality as a mental illness, have absorbed the unconscious yet pervasive biases that continue to plague our societal struggle with sexuality and gender as an aspect of civil rights. Since cultural competency that includes non-heterosexual, gender-diverse people is a recent development in the mental health field, many clinicians simply have not had the opportunity to obtain this training. 

This course will introduce clinicians to the basics of affirmative therapy with LGBTQ client populations within a multi-cultural and intersectional context, and models of identity development for LGBTQ identities will be introduced. By reframing the identity development of gender and sexual minorities as a normative and healthy expression of humanity; we begin with the premise that LGBTQ individuals and families emerge within a cultural context that has long sought to pathologize and erase them.

This course will challenge clinicians to examine their personal and professional frameworks related to gender; sexuality; and the intersections of race, religion, and power in order to enhance their knowledge and skills when working with LGBTQ populations and their families. Participants will gain the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with culturally competent services for lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender; and queer adults, teens, couples, and family systems. Common countertransference and transference concerns will also be addressed. Application of terms, concepts, models, and affirmative interventions will be demonstrated with a case vignette.

Working effectively with LGBTQ clients and family systems requires a re-examination of heterosexually-centric assumptions and a commitment to a re-examination of these assumptions at the personal, professional, societal, and cultural levels in which we relate to one another. This course is designed to better prepare clinicians to assist LGBTQ clients and families to make changes beyond the consultation room by becoming a more conscious advocate in their circles of influence.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify the differences between sexual orientation, assigned sex, gender identity, and gender expression.
  2. List the legal developments in the field of mental health that pertain to the therapeutic services that can lawfully be provided to LGBTQ minors.
  3. Define the concept of heteronormativity and describe its relationship to minority stress.
  4. Identify two forms of bias that can negatively impact a therapist’s treatment approach to LGBTQ clients.
  5. Use two models of LGBTQ identity development to identify appropriate therapeutic goals with clients who are coming out.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

Reference:

Mikalson, P., Pardo, S., & Green, J. (2013). First do no harm: Reducing disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning populations in California. Retrieved from https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/Documents/LGBTQ_Population_Report.pdf

How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Lisa Maurel, MFT

Lisa Maurel, MFT

Lisa Maurel, MFT is a licensed therapist, consultant, lecturer, and media expert on relationship issues, mental health, and affirmative therapy for LGBTQ individuals. She has over 20 years of clinical training and professional experience in family systems, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, and feminist systems of thought. Lisa is passionate about serving the LGBTQ community by providing therapy, education, and resources that empower LGBTQ people with a multicultural and affirming approach. She offers professional training, case consultation, and continuing education in LGBTQ affirmative therapy. 

Lisa has been especially active in promoting legislation and professional standards for mental health practitioners that affirm and support the well-being of LGBTQ families. With a background in theology and seminary education, her experience with the difficult road of coming out in the context of a religiously oriented culture and family is both personal and professional. She is actively engaged in community education, dialog, and spiritual inquiry in order to support queer people of faith in their coming-out journey. Lisa values the importance of inclusion and affirmation of queer people of faith within their spiritual communities.

To learn more about Lisa Maurel, MFT and her work, visit her websites www.therapy4oclesbians.com and www.genderpath.com.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.