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:
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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
There was an amazing amount of practical info and resources which will be very useful in my practice; but even more so, there was a felt sense of acceptance that Lisa modeled beautifully. I feel like Lisa and the presentation demonstrated wonderfully how to embody and transmit that sense of openness, advocacy, and acceptance. - Jennifer S.T. Blair, LCSW
I really appreciated the GENUINENESS of the presenter and her delivery of the material. I found the information about "minority stress" to be very helpful. - Joanna Singh, LMSW
Her passion for her work undoubtedly inspires other therapists to work with this special population. - Karen L Waldman, PhD
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.
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.
Premium or Pro Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium or Pro Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.
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.