Out of the Closet, Into the Context Online Course

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Repeats every week until Wed Oct 18 2017 .
Sep 6 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sep 13 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sep 20 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sep 27 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oct 4 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oct 11 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oct 18 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
World Region: 
North America
Matthew Skinta, PhD, ABPP and Aisling Curtin, MSc

Sessions take place on Wednesdays, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm PST, starting September 6, 2017.

In Out of the Closet, Into the Context, Matthew Skinta, PhD, ABPP, and Aisling Curtin, MSc, explore skills for working with this diverse population. This 8 session webinar series will expand upon their work by exploring the unique and ever-changing concerns faced by sexually and gender-diverse clients, and how to address these concerns from a contextual behavioral framework. The course will include didactic education as well as real plays, break out sessions, and discussion.

We will cultivate self-compassion and values that help us rise to the challenges that come with being a gender or sexual minority (GSM). This 8-week workshop will facilitate an awareness of the ways in which GSM histories, and the therapist’s own history of cultural messages about gender and sexuality, may arise in the therapeutic relationship. Using awareness, courage, therapeutic love, compassion, perspective-taking, and acceptance, participants will grow their ability to relate as gendered and sexual beings. From this place, powerful and therapeutic relationships can blossom.

The webinars will be theoretical and experiential, and will include guests such as sexuality researcher Dr. Lisa Diamond, and national activist-turned-therapist Kip Williams. Gender and sexual minorities often experience some period of secrecy, guardedness, shame, and familial ruptures, so the series will explore the therapeutic relationship as a model for growth, acceptance, and vulnerability. From a foundation of examining the factors that shape psychological flexibility and resilience, we will explore how the integration of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), and compassion focused therapy (CFT) approaches might best provide a nurturing and healing environment necessary for this work.

Using this contextual foundation, we will address common clinical concerns that arise for GSM clients, as well as how one cultivates perspective-taking and reduces a focus on self-as-content (e.g., when one’s identity and labels may be central to their experience of the world and experiences of pain).

We’ll discuss cultural and global concerns that arise due to that fact that both acceptance and aggression are on the rise toward GSM communities globally. We will talk about how connecting with GSM communities and responding to anti-LGBT politics are core aspects of resilience and ongoing mental health for this population.

A copy of the book, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities, edited by the presenters, is included in the registration price (shipping also included).