Working with LGBTQI Persons Parts 1 & 2

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Working with LGBTQI Persons Parts 1 & 2

609.63

Dates:
PART 1: February 8-10, 2019
PART 2: May 31-June 2, 2019

Time (both parts):
Friday, 1:00pm-6:00pm;
Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm;
Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $609.63
Early Bird: $520.52 (before 12/28/2018) - use promo code: bundle

Continuing Education (CE): 30 contact hours (15 per workshop)

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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PART 2

Faculty:
Ellen Ressler Hoffman, MA, LPCC
Marissa Patsey, MEd, LPC

Join us for an intensive two-part training series that will expand your clinical effectiveness and build personal range in supporting LGBTQI persons in a variety of professional and personal settings. This training utilizes Gestalt principles and approaches to enhance self-awareness in the here-and-now, heighten relational connections with others, and integrate new learning about how to engage your clients.

In Part 1, through lecture, self-reflection, and experiential engagement, we will co-create a safe, supportive environment to explore personal assumptions, values, and biases related to persons marginalized due to their gender identity, expression, and/or sexuality by:

  • Examining cultural influences on language and the importance of terminology;

  • Recognizing how systems of power impact our construction of reality in life and in the therapeutic encounter;

  • Identifying how heterosexism, transphobia, and homophobia impact the therapeutic relationship, lifespan development, and presenting concerns.

Part 2 (May 31 - June 2) builds on Part 1 and focuses on clinical applications.

In Part 2, we will:

  • Invite participants to develop an expanded range of self-awareness and embodiment;

  • Introduce seminal LGBTQI historical events and experiences;

  • Review evidence-based theoretical and clinical approaches;

  • Provide experiential opportunities to try on and apply new skills learned.

Part 1 (or equivalent) is required for participation in Part 2.

This training series is grounded in a master’s-level course, as well as, evidence-based practices and clinical competencies for working with the LGBTQI population as outlined by WPATH Standards of Care and ALGBTIC LGBQQIA Competencies Taskforce.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of using appropriate language for LGBQ and transgender individuals, (e.g., correct name and pronouns);

  • Recognize the social construction of language and its utility in today’s society;

  • Expand the range of engaging clients where they are;

  • Explain the theoretical basis for deconstructing concepts such as: sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity;

  • Demonstrate awareness of the process of developing a Queer lens for therapeutic practice;

  • Identify personal assumptions, values, and internalized biases related to sexual minorities;

  • Discuss how these biases can impact the therapeutic relationship for both client and therapist;

  • Develop greater understanding of the worldview of culturally different clients; and

  • Review how heterosexism, transphobia, biphobia, and homophobia may influence the concerns that clients present in counseling.

PART 1

Faculty:
Ellen Ressler Hoffman, MA, LPCC
Marissa Patsey, MEd, LPC

Join us for Part 2 of our interactive LGBTQI training series that applies the expanded self-awareness and cultural knowledge gained from Part 1 and focuses on enhancing your clinical capacity for working effectively with LGBTQI persons. In a mutually respectful and supportive environment, we will continue to utilize foundational Gestalt approaches, including working in the here-and-now and supporting embodiment, to provide experiential opportunities to try on and apply newly learned skills.

In Part 2, participants are invited to extend their clinical lens, and cultural understanding of LGBTQI persons, through queering perceptions of themselves and others. By focusing on clinical competencies, identity development models, and personal narratives—emphasizing the diversity of LGBTQI clients’ lived experiences—a greater appreciation of culturally different clients will occur through:

  • Reviewing how systems of power, heterosexism, transphobia, and homophobia impact the therapeutic relationship, lifespan development, and presenting clinical concerns for both clinician and client;

  • Integrating tenets of evidence-based approaches and queer theory into clinical practice;

  • Engaging in experiential activities and case study discussions;

  • Examining the social, political, and economic current and historical contexts within which LGBTQI persons live, love, and work.

We will leave this training able to make more meaningful connections with and implement more effective treatment approaches with our clients. We will have a broader lens available for self-reflection and continued clinical growth.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Articulate an historical perspective of the helping professions and the LGBTQ community;

  • Identify how respective developmental periods throughout the life span, as well as heterosexism, transphobia, biphobia, homophobia, and homoprejudice may influence the concerns that clients present in counseling;

  • Explore evidenced-based theoretical and clinical approaches to working within the LGBTQ population;

  • Deconstruct concepts of sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression;

  • Describe historical and ongoing systems of power that impact equitable treatment of LGBTQI clients in various spheres of their lives;

  • Demonstrate the ways in which Queer Theory supports participants to resist categorization of people, challenges ideas of fixed/”normal” identities, and questions binaries;

  • Discuss how accepting heterosexuality as the norm or natural standard of sexuality and categorization impacts the relational field; and

  • Review the ways language, lived experience, sexual and gender identities are constructed by context and performed by everyone.