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2-Day: Intensive 2-Day Workshop: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients - Clinical Issues & Treatment Strategies
2-Day: Intensive 2-Day Workshop: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients - Clinical Issues & Treatment Strategies

Where:  KING OF PRUSSIA, PA

When:  Monday, April 3, 2017 - Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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Course Description:

Are you making the biggest mistake treating your LGBTQ clients? Are you pushing them to “come out”? And if you are … you could be traumatizing your clients.

Like you, I made the same mistake early in my career of forcing my clients to name and claim their sexual identity.

Like you, I didn’t know how to ask them about their sexual practices. And when I tried, I offended them.

Immerse yourself for two-days at my workshop and I will equip you with the right tools and up-to-date information you need in this rapidly changing population to more effectively counsel your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning clients, and couples.

You will learn transformational strategies to treat the unique challenges your client may be facing such as:
  • self-acceptance and internalized homophobia
  • non hetero-normative sexual behaviors and practices
  • trauma and abuse from growing up LGBTQ
  • the difficult process of coming out

Also, let me help you avoid the common mistake of believing, “a couple is a couple” and treating LGBTQ couples the same as their heterosexual counterparts.

Don’t be the straight therapist that is losing LGBTQ clients because of poor intake, assessment and treatment planning. Learn how to offer your clients a safe place for therapy.

I look forward to meeting you at my workshop!

Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW
Objectives:
  1. Assess psychological trauma of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning.
  2. Recognize the specific and most common stages of coming out to accurately assist your client.
  3. Differentiate common misdiagnosed mental health disorders and assessments.
  4. Use specific interventions and assessment tools for LGBTQ clients and gay affirmative therapy.
  5. Distinguish using interventions that work and don’t work for different generations.
  6. Discuss contemporary perspectives of Lesbian and Gay couples.
  7. Formulate strategies for LGB couples on compatibility, incompatibility, frequency and satisfaction.
  8. Specify tips to discuss hormone treatments and surgical procedures.
  9. Demonstrate specialized treatment programs for the straight spouses.
  10. Develop different ways the LGBTQ spouse can integrate their identity into their mixed orientation relationships.
  11. Identify when a client has internalized homophobia and/or gay shame.
  12. Recognize developmental insults and wounding from growing up LGBT.
OUTLINE

DAY ONE

Do No Harm: Make Your LGBTQ Client Feel Safe & Respected in Therapy
  • Red-flag words: Offensive words you might use (without you knowing!)
  • Intake session: questions about developing identity
  • Strategies to establish rapport and comfort
  • Tips for discussing sex and sexuality
Coming Out
  • Stigma and its impact on mental health from childhood to adulthood
  • 6 distinct stages with interventions
  • Navigate the 3 phases of coming out to avoid isolation and alienation
  • Fear, shame and rejection unique to this population
  • Relationship concerns: family, friends, school or workplace
  • Finding a sense of belonging in LGBTQ community
  • Harmful and dangerous effects of conversion therapy
LGBTQ Adolescence
  • Coming out issues
  • It gets better but not before coming out
  • Bullying and other safety issues contributing to PTSD
  • Harm reduction adult dating apps such as Grindr, Scruff, etc.
  • Risk assessment for substance abuse
  • Assess for suicidality
  • Finding support
Gay Male
  • Develop a treatment plan and goals for unique challenges growing up gay male
  • 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
  • Internalized homophobia
  • Learn specific sexual terminology to avoid alienating your client
Lesbian
  • Develop a treatment plan and goals for unique challenges growing up lesbian
  • Specific terminology that is helpful and damaging in this population
  • Sex and sexuality: what to know, what to ask
  • Strategies to manage gender dynamics
  • Internalized homophobia manifests in development
Bisexuality
  • Learn strategies to help the anxiety of bisexuals in dating and relationships
  • Internalized biphobia and bisexual development from childhood into adulthood
  • Compare and contrast male and female bisexuality

DAY TWO

Transgender
  • Overcome the knowledge barrier
  • Avoid using outdated treatment plans
  • Learn and differentiate 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 and how to create best treatment plans
Talk About Sex!
  • Don’t miss out on key info by ignoring the sex talk
  • Top or bottom: And other important questions to ask: flexible, changing sexual preferences and attractions
  • Varieties of sexuality
  • Protect the clients form your own biases and assumptions
Questioning
  • Avoid mislabeling a client and leading them down the wrong sexual identity path
  • Differentiate between sexual fluidity from bisexuality, gay and lesbian identities
  • Differentiate between sexual identity, sexual behavior and sexual fantasies
Working with LGB Couples
  • 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
Working with Mixed Orientation Couples and Relationships
  • Specific stages of coming out as a mixed orientation couple
  • Specialized treatment programs for the straight spouses
  • Helping LGBTQ spouse integrate their identity into their mixed orientation relationships
  • Learn how to identify which couples will succeed and which won’t
LGBTQ Families
  • Closeted family – family has own coming out process
  • Typical negative family reactions
  • Questions to help clients come out to family
  • Helping family accept their LGBTQ child
  • Therapeutic interventions

JOE KORT, PH.D., LMSW

Joe Kort, PhD, 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 25 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:

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.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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ADDICTION COUNSELORS
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This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

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MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
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