Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity Conference - New Orleans, LA

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Apr 21 2018 - 9:00am - Apr 22 2018 - 5:30pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Matthew Skinta, Emily Sandoz, Fawna Stockwell, Colleen Sloan, Tim Gordon

April 21 - 22, 2018

As helping professionals, we have a responsibility to deliver sensitive, affirming, competent care. This can be challenging when we are working with clients who come to the therapy room with unique identities and experiences. In this two-day conference, we will cultivate our compassion and values as clinicians toward meeting the challenges of living as a gender or sexual minority (GSM).

Presenters will facilitate awareness of the ways that GSM histories, and the therapist's own history of cultural messages about gender and sexuality, might arise in the therapeutic relationship. Each of us experiences gender and sexuality differently, but each of us does indeed experience it. Understanding this allows us to better address common clinical concerns that arise, and helps us cultivate our perspective-taking skills, instead of getting wrapped up in the stories we tell ourselves, our personal historires, or cultural messages that surround us. Through the use of awareness, courage, therapeutic love, compassion, perspective-taking, and acceptance, at this conference you'll grow in your ability to relate to your clients as a gendered and sexual being. From this place, powerful and therapeutic relationships can blossom.

Moving through life as a gender or sexual minority often comes with some period of secrecy, guardedness, shame, and familial ruptures. We will explore how the integration of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), both evidence-based therapeutic approaches, into your clinical practice might best provide a nurturing and healing environment in therapy for GSM clients who are struggling with these kind of issues.

This 2-day conference will incorporate both theoretical and experiential work in a variety of ares, including:

  • Strategies for conducting clinical work with GSM clients
  • How to navigate ethics issues that come up when a supervisee is working with a GSM client
  • Breaking down the "typical" trans narrative to go beyond binary concepts and assumptions
  • Understanding how intersecting identities can best inform our decisions with regard to harm reduction and mental and physical health in different situations
  • Contextualizing the complex intersection between gender, sexuality, race and HIV