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

Where:   NEW YORK, NY

When:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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MARTINIQUE NEW YORK
49 W 32ND ST
NEW YORK, NY 10001
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Course Description:

From the deeply personal and intricate journeys clients take to find themselves to the variety of terms and ideas in today’s LGBTQ cultures, it’s easy to feel lost in the complexity of sexual and gender identity. But with the proper tools and knowledge, you can have confidence to walk solidly side by side with your LGBTQ clients.

This seminar provides clear strategies to comfortably engage clients around cultural norms, gender, sex, relationships, and terminology. In addition to building trust and credibility with your LGBTQ clients, you will learn the navigation map that will help you appropriately tailor your treatment approaches each step of the way in the client’s self-discovery process. Aaron Testard combines time-tested research with the latest findings and up-to-date movements in the field for a comprehensive approach for working with any LGBTQ client in any phase and on any part of the sexuality-gender spectrums.
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

AARON TESTARD, LMFT, LPCC

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.
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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 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.

New York Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by OASAS for 6.25 clock hours toward Initial Credentialing for Section # 4 or Section # 4 or Renewal for CASAC or CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


Counselors
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New York Counselors: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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Marriage & Family Therapists
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Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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New York Psychologists: This live activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.


Social Workers
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New Jersey Social Workers: LGBTQ Clients in Today's World: Treatment Strategies for Gender & Sexual Identity Issues, Course #2550, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by PESI, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 07/16/2019 - 07/16/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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