Working with LGBTQI Persons Part 1: Making Connections with Ourselves and with Our Clients - February 8-10, 2019


Working with LGBTQI Persons Part 1: Making Connections with Ourselves and with Our Clients - February 8-10, 2019


Date: February 8-10, 2019
Time: Friday, 1:00pm-6:00pm;
Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm;
Sunday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $351.90
Early Bird: $306.00 (before 12/28/2018) - use promo code: connection
Register for Parts 1 & 2: $609.63

Continuing Education (CE): 15 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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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;

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