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LGBTQ Clients in Today's World: Treatment Strategies for Gender & Sexual Identity Issues


Faculty:
Aaron Testard
Duration:
Full Day
Product Code:
LWC055155
Brochure Code:
PWZ83787
Media Type:
Live Webinar - Also available: Digital Seminar


Description

With the variety of terms and ideas in today’s LGBTQ+ culture, it’s easy to feel lost in the complexity of sexual and gender identity, while also feeling overwhelmed by the fear of inadvertently offending your client somehow.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Aaron Testard is here to bring you the latest research and trends in sexual and gender identity issues.

This training will give you:
• Tools and knowledge to confidently work with clients on any part of the sexuality-gender spectrum
• Clear strategies to comfortably engage clients around cultural norms, gender, sex, relationships, and terminology
• A navigation map to tailor treatment approaches each step of the way in the client’s self-discovery process

Build trust and credibility with your LGBTQ+ clients by expanding your knowledge of this ever-evolving population. Sign up today!

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Faculty

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Aaron Testard, LMFT, LPCC, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley, California with nearly 20 years of experience. For 7 years, he served as Director of Clinical Programs at the Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBTQ counseling and support center where he designed and implemented psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and families, 24 adult peer support groups, and an after-school youth program. He also has trained and supervised numerous interns over the years and has been an LGBTQ community mental health consultant for local clinics and organizations. Aaron has spent the majority of his career as an LGBTQ specialist, including time as an addiction counselor, a high school counselor, and a consultant for a felon re-entry program. In his current practice, he focuses on sexual and gender identity, working with adults, adolescents, and couples.

Aaron received his MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a trained drama therapist, sensorimotor therapist, and practitioner of the Gottman couple’s method, EMDR, and DBT-informed client work.

To learn more about Aaron, visit www.aarontestard.net

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Aaron Testard maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Aaron Testard is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Gaylesta; World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH); and Bay Area Open Minds.


Additional Info

Program Information

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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.


Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


Objectives

  1. Describe current trends and perspectives in the LGBTQ community, and the implications for clinical work.
  2. Explain how to effectively build safety and trust with LGBTQ clients in clinical practice.
  3. Identify the main factors impacting treatment and the identity development process of LGBTQ clients.
  4. Analyze the phases of identity development for LGBTQ clients to better inform treatment planning.
  5. Determine how to integrate LGBTQ history and knowledge into the clinical session.
  6. Choose treatment strategies to help clients in each phase of LGBTQ identity development.

Outline

Current Trends in LGBTQ Clinical Work
  • Increased family and community acceptance: What this means for our work
  • Sexuality and gender: separate but connected
  • Polyamory and open relationships
  • Conversion therapy debunked
  • Online dating and hook-up culture
Establish Safety with LGBTQ Clients
  • Terminology to include in website, business profiles, and client registration forms
  • Avoid the most common mistakes by therapists that break safety and trust
  • Build rapport quickly and effectively
  • Talk about sex with openness and comfort
  • Incorporate gender talk and knowledge into your vocabulary
The Factors That Impact LGBTQ Mental Health Treatment
  • How being LGBTQ is connected to depression, anxiety, and addiction … and how it is not
  • How developmental trauma affects identity development
  • Particular traumas:
    • Bullying
    • Bashing
    • Institutional Oppression
    • Conversion Treatment History
  • Family mirroring and acceptance
  • Religious and cultural barriers
  • Sexual health and wellness
  • Alcohol and substance use
Help Clients at Each Phase of LGBTQ Identify Development
  • Phase 1: Pre-Coming Out
    • Denial about sexual orientation or gender
    • When sexual behavior doesn’t match sexual identity
    • Differentiate between feelings, behavior, and identity
    • The importance of continued sexual health assessment and education
  • Phase 2: Comparison and Consideration
    • When clients start to think they might be LGBTQ (or at least different)
    • Client cues that are openings to explore further
    • Questions to elicit more open discussion
    • How to inquire without pushing beyond client readiness
  • Phase 3: Tolerance and Exploration
    • When clients are exploring sexuality and gender but have not claimed an identity
    • Use different models of sexuality and gender with clients
    • Track for integration: Is this helpful for the client?
    • Address shame and internalized homophobia/transphobia
    • Identify educational resources
  • Phase 4: Acceptance
    • When clients start to integrate their sexual and gender identity into the world
    • Connect clients with community support
    • Facilitate grief for lost time and lost dreams
    • Develop a coming-out plan and process
    • Start talking about gender transition
    • Tools to navigate the conflicting worlds of family, identity, and cultures
  • Phase 5: Pride
    • Address client rage about oppression and past injuries (even when it’s directed toward you)
    • Support clients in celebrating their “adolescence”: validation and safety
    • Attend to the particular challenges of bisexuals
  • Phase 6: Synthesis and Integration
    • When being LGBTQ is hardly an issue for the client
    • Effectively integrate LGBTQ history and knowledge into the clinical session

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Educators
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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"Great presenter and much needed seminar on this topic"

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"excellent presentation"

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"Presenter was outstanding. I learned A LOT in the course."

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