Working with LGBTQI Persons Part 2: Expanding Clinical Skills and Range - May 31-June 2, 2019


Working with LGBTQI Persons Part 2: Expanding Clinical Skills and Range - May 31-June 2, 2019


Date: May 31-June 2, 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 4/19/2019) - use promo code: range
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 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.