Seeing and Being Seen; Working with LGBTQ Clients: Understanding (sexual/gendered) Multiplicity in Our Clients and in Ourselves - March 2-4, 2018

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Seeing and Being Seen; Working with LGBTQ Clients: Understanding (sexual/gendered) Multiplicity in Our Clients and in Ourselves - March 2-4, 2018

390.50

Date: March 2-4, 2018
Time: Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm; Sunday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Tuition: $390.50
Early Bird: $355.00 (before 2/16/2018) - use promo code: beingseen

Continuing Education (CE): 17.75 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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

This workshop is designed to increase participants' knowledge and awareness of issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals experience. We will explore clinical approaches to working with LGBTQ clients. We will discuss the role of language and terminology in working with LGBTQ clients, especially to deconstruct the concepts of 'sex', 'gender', 'sexual orientation', and 'gender identity'. 

We will also examine our own assumptions, values, and internalized biases related to sexual minorities. These biases can profoundly impact the therapeutic relationship, for both client and therapist.

By engaging as a community in large and small groups, and utilizing journaling, dialogue, experiment, embodiment, and case discussion, we will create a safe and supportive space in which to address the impact of our own lived experience on our beliefs and attitudes regarding the LGBTQ population.  

We will support one another to develop an understanding of how we can situate ourselves to be as effective as possible as therapists and advocates for our LGBTQ clients. This workshop will also include practice lab experientials with one another to practice ways of being with the other, while attending to possible differences in sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. 

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Articulate an historical perspective of the helping professions and the LGBTQ community;
  • Explain the theoretical grounding for deconstructing concepts around sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity;
  • Demonstrate awareness of the process of constructing a Queer lens;
  • 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 the culturally different client;  
  • Identify how respective developmental periods throughout the life span, as well as heterosexism, transphobia, biphobia, homophobia, and homoprejudice may influence the concerns clients present in counseling;
  • 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;
  • Review theoretical approaches to working within the LGBTQ population; and
  • Expand the range of how to meet your client where they are.