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Are you…

  • Unsure of the up-to-date terminology to use with your LGBTQ clients
  • Uncomfortable talking about their sexual practices
  • Questioning how to analyze transition readiness and the difficult process of coming out
  • Looking for strategies to help LGBTQ youth when their parents are not supportive
  • Unsure of how to help clients feel safe and overcome trauma and abuse from growing up LGBTQ

Meeting and truly understanding the needs of your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) clients will help you avoid the most critical mistakes therapists can make.

Navigating the challenges this rapidly changing population faces requires mindful awareness, sensitivity and the willingness to explore profound differences from the dominant, heteronormative culture. It takes education, empathy and compassion to help your clients of all sexual orientations or preferences...

Here's your opportunity to join two of today's leading experts, Dr. Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, and Dr. Deb Coolhart, Ph.D., LMFT, for an online course on current tools and up-to-date strategies for helping LGBTQ clients overcome their unique clinical issues and concerns. Drawing on their specialized experience with the LGBTQ community, Joe and Deb will equip you with the insight and education needed to improve your confidence and effectiveness in your work.

Don’t be the therapist that is losing LGBTQ clients because of poor intake, assessment and treatment planning. Join us today and begin your journey to providing a truly safe place for all of your clients to genuinely be themselves.

LGBTQ Clients:
Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies for Youth and Adults

Valued at $424.97
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
Earn up to 12 CE Hours — included in the course tuition!

In this comprehensive online training, experts Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, and Deb Coolhart, Ph.D., LMFT, will equip you with the training and tools you need to more effectively counsel your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning clients — both adults and youth.

Part 1 — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies with Joe Kort

In part 1, Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, will guide you step-by-step through six modules of in-depth training to teach you his tools, strategies, and tips learned during his 32+ years of experience working with the LGBTQ community — so you can effectively navigate the unique needs of your LGBTQ clients. Here's what's covered in each module:

Module 1
Do No Harm: Understanding Your LGBTQ Client
  • Red-Flag Words: Offensive words you might use (without you knowing!)
  • A Guided Imagery: How it feels to be different
  • Defining gay affirmative psychotherapy
  • Children – Born this way?
  • Homophobia/biphobia/transphobia: Still alive and well throughout the globe
  • Intake session: Identifying internalized homophobia and working through shame
  • Exploring the impact of heterosexual privilege on LGBTQ clients


Module 2
LGBTQ Adolescence
  • Coming out issues
  • It gets better but not before coming out
  • Bullying and other safety issues contributing to PTSD
  • Reduce harmful interactions on adult dating apps such as Grindr, Scruff, etc
  • Risk assessment for substance abuse and suicidality
  • Strategies for finding support
Module 3
Coming Out
  • Exploring stigma and its impact on mental health from childhood to adulthood
  • Discussing the 6 distinct stages of coming out with interventions
  • Strategies to avoid isolation and alienation during the coming out process
  • Understanding fear, shame and rejection unique to this population
  • Identifying relationship concerns: family, friends, school or workplace
  • Finding a sense of belonging in LGBTQ community
  • Understanding the harmful and dangerous effects of conversion therapy
Module 4
  • Overcoming the knowledge barrier
  • Avoiding outdated treatment plans
  • Learning and differentiating correct terms such as gender queer, gender fluid and cisgender
  • Strategies to help your client tell their partner, families, friends and employers
  • Tips to discuss hormone treatments and surgical procedures
  • Crucial points for transgender teens medically and psychologically
Module 5
Lesbian and Gay Males
  • Develop a treatment plan and goals for unique challenges of growing up lesbian or gay
  • Specific terminology that is helpful and damaging in this population
  • Sex and sexuality: what to know, what to ask
  • Strategies to manage gender dynamics
  • How internalized homophobia manifests in development
  • Accurate assessment of alcohol use with this high risk population
  • HIV & STI prevention strategies and risk and harm reduction
  • Generational differences informing different treatment plans
  • Learn specific sexual terminology to avoid alienating your client
Module 6
Working with LGB and Mixed Orientation Couples and Relationships
  • Dynamics of a same gendered couple including vulnerabilities and strengths
  • Coming out discrepancy causing turbulence for couples
  • Recognize and identify how internalized homophobia creates conflicts
  • Open relationships in gay male couples
  • Sexual issues and strategies on compatibility, incompatibility, frequency and satisfaction
  • Specific stages of coming out as a mixed orientation couple
  • Specialized treatment programs for the straight spouse
  • Helping LGBTQ spouse integrate their identity into their mixed orientation relationships
  • Learn how to identify which couples will succeed and which won’t

Part 2 — LGBTQ Youth: Clinical Strategies to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity with Deb Coolhart

Working with LGBTQ youth and their families can be complex, requiring the balance of many seemingly opposing viewpoints. Clinician Deb Coolhart, Ph.D., LMFT, knows there is nothing more rewarding than facilitating these changes and watching families discover their own path towards understanding. In part 2, you'll join Deb for four comprehensive modules where she shares her knowledge from 20 years of working with the LGBTQ community. Here's what's covered in each module:

Module 1
Coming Into an LGBTQ Identity and Clinical Considerations When Working with Youth
  • Identity development
  • Internalized homo-bi-trans-phobia
  • The decision to come out and fears in the coming out process
  • Intervening in depression, shame, self-harming behaviors, and suicidality
  • Addressing anxiety
  • Approaching transgender compared to LGBQ
  • Importance of family acceptance
  • Intersections of other cultural identities
Module 2
Differences within the LGBTQ Spectrum
  • Lesbian Youth
    • Confronting invisibility
    • Facilitating positive self-esteem
  • Gay Youth
    • Discussing gender role expectations
    • Sexual health
    • Substance use
  • Bisexual Youth
    • Understanding bisexuality as a legitimate identity
    • Harmfulness of bisexual erasure
  • Transgender Youth
    • Assessing need/desire for gender transition
    • Exploring options for gender expression
  • Questioning Youth
    • Making space for exploration and fluidity
    • Reducing pressure to self-label
Module 3
Working with Families
  • Coming out and creating space for parents’ reactions and resistance
  • Supporting youths’ LGBTQ identity
  • Helping parents work towards increased acceptance and support
  • Navigating religious beliefs
  • Supporting parents’ own process of coming out
  • Attending to the needs of siblings and extended family members
  • Facilitating support networks
Module 4
LGBTQ-Affirmative School Environments
  • Importance of safe schools for youths’ well-being
  • Assisting parents with school advocacy
  • Coaching youth towards self-advocacy
  • Dealing with bullying and mistreatment
  • Considerations for transgender youth
LGBTQ Clients:
Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies for Youth and Adults

Valued at $424.97
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
Earn up to 12 CE Hours — included in the course tuition!

Module 2
TWO Pre-Recorded Q&A Calls
Listen to course experts Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, and Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT, address questions from course attendees and share additional insight into working with LGBTQ clients.
LGBTQ Clients:
Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies for Youth and Adults

Valued at $424.97
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
Earn up to 12 CE Hours — included in the course tuition!
About the Course Experts:
Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, is a board certified sexologist and the founder of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health, and runs a private practice in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Kort, a therapist, coach and author, has been practicing psychotherapy for over 32 years and has spoken internationally on the subject of gay counseling. He specializes in sex therapy, gay affirmative psychotherapy, sexually compulsive behaviors, and IMAGO relationship therapy designed for couples to enhance their relationship through improved communication. Dr. Kort is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today on issues of sexuality. He has been a guest on the various television programs on mixed orientation marriages and “sexual addiction”. Dr. Kort is the author of several books, including, Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bisexual.

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Joe Kort is President of Joe Kort & Associates, PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Nonfinancial: Joe Kort has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT, is a private practice clinician and an assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Syracuse University. She has been doing therapy with LGBTQ youth and their families for nearly 20 years. She created the Transgender Treatment Team in Syracuse University’s Couple and Family Therapy Center, where she trains and supervises masters students to work with transgender people and their families. Dr. Coolhart has several publications on clinical work with LGBTQ youth. Her recent work has focused on transgender youth and their families. She has developed a tool for assessing youths’ and families’ readiness for gender transition treatments, published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. She has also published multiple manuscripts on supporting transgender youth and families in therapy and advocating for trans-affirmative school environments. Recently, she co-authored a book, The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity. Additionally, Dr. Coolhart has conducted research on transgender people and their family relationships and the experiences of LGBTQ homeless youth.

Speaker Disclosure Financial: Deborah Coolhart is an assistant professor at Syracuse University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Non-Financial: Deborah Coolhart is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; American Family Therapy Academy; and World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
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You'll have the opportunity to instantly collaborate with other professionals on the course materials through interactive message boards. You'll be part of a community of hundreds of practitioners all focused on the clinical issues of LGBTQ clients, providing valuable opportunities to share insight and experiences and to build your professional network.



Complete your online CE tests and earn up to 12 CE Hours! Click here for CE credit details and approval details specific to your profession. *Cultural Competency: This self-study course includes cultural competency instruction. Not all boards allow cultural competency credit for self-study products. Please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of cultural competency credit allowed.


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LGBTQ Clients:
Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies for Youth and Adults

Valued at $424.97
Today Only $299.99 — An Unbelievable Value!
Earn up to 12 CE Hours — included in the course tuition!
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