To seek more information or register for the 2017 workshops
please contact me at 404-500-6102 or OrionPsychotherapy@gmail.com.
Let me know if these dates don’t work for you and I can keep you updated for the next round. I offer custom workshops to organizations if you would like to reach out.
Location of Workshops: 1450 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW S-308
I facilitate a community dialogue on a rotating topic typically at 2pm at the
on the last Wednesday of most months.
The Ethics of Working with Queer and Trans Spirit
At the end of my last workshop on Queer and Trans youth the participants felt like they wanted to move forward with going deeper on the topic. I am developing a part two (although you just need to know the basics considered “Trans 101” to join us) exploring spirituality, dating, trauma, and open process about or queer/trans clients. Email me to get more info. or to inquire with questions.
Friday : August 11th, 2017
5 Core Continuing Education credits with LPCA for LPC, LCSW, and MFT and their associate levels
Registration: $100 till July11th and $130 after
Registration @ 10pm, Begins 10:30pm – Ends: 3:45pm
Notes: There will be coffee, tea, and snacks provided and Please bring your own lunch for the break, snacks to share are welcomed
Three Objective: How will this benefit the psychotherapist and client?
1. Educates the practitioner how the code of ethics applies to gender and sexuality non-conforming clients.
2. Support the clinician in acknowledging multiple perspectives surrounding the queer and transgender lifestyle to support them to be an ethically minded (non-biased/judgmental and informed) practitioner when engaging in challenging topics such as: political advocacy, sexual/relationship norms, and religion/spirituality.
3. Offering the clinician support around complex topics of religion and spirituality with the LGBT population.
This workshop is part two of a Queer and Trans “101” workshop I did earlier in the year. It does not however require the previous workshop to attend.
This workshop will begin by reviewing how the code of ethics applies when working with Queer and Trans clients. We will explore topics such as:
-How much training does one need to be “competent”
-How to ethically support a parents/client when they come to you asking whether they should transition or not
-When to defer to an endocrinologist/Physician and not go “beyond our scope of practice”
-How to engage with clients in multiple non-clinical situations. Since the LGBT community is so small there tends to be often encounters in non-clinical settings and navigating dual-relationships pitfalls.
-What to do when a teen needs services but can’t come out to their parents, while the clinician needs parental consent.
-How to ethically advertise and professionally represent oneself keeping in mind the sensitivities of the LGBT community
The LGBT community is as diverse as it is small, and this means the clinicians needs to be educated on the culture in order to keep outside their personal-bias and know the norms of the community. We will explore the topics of online dating, hook-up apps, kinky sex, non-normative relationship styles, early sexual encounters, repression of sexuality/gender and its effects, coming out trauma, among others to explore common narratives of the queer and trans community. I will present a model that outlines how repression of early sexuality and its affects on early sexual experiences lead one to attachment issues.
We will end the workshop by exploring spirituality and religion in the LGBT context. This is possibly one of the most sensitive arenas of the workshop, but will support the clinician to have a better grounding and perspective to work from when a client brings this into session. In general, I highlight this as an ethical concern cause often the clients see the clinician as a source of guidance and many clinicians have not been educated on the intersection of the spirit (in these terms) and the LGBT population. I will review literature the highlights bible versus on transgender experience, and explore how the common understanding that religion has no room for LGBT individuals is both a commonly held belief growing up and the effects (particularly having religious parents/home) it can lead to. We will explore how spirituality is often a lens which the LGBT community regards their own relationship with “a higher power.” We will also review practices of alternative spiritual practices that is sometimes adopted by the LGBT community.