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Beyond Tolerance: Developing Cultural Competency with LGBTQ Clients and Family Systems

This introductory to advanced course will equip clinicians with clinical and sociological understanding of the lived experience of LGBTQ communities and family systems; and the crisis in health disparities and mental health services for this minority. Models of identity development and affirmative therapy for queer couples and families will be utilized as well as best practices for affirmative therapy with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender clients, couples, and family systems. Common countertransference and transference concerns will also be addressed. This course will challenge clinicians to examine their personal and professional frameworks related to gender, sexuality, and the intersections of race, religion, and power; in order to enhance their knowledge and skills when working with LGBTQ populations and family members of. Participants will gain knowledge of the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with culturally competent services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer adults, teens, couples and family systems.


Speaking Out Topics Include
Comprehensive introduction to Cultural Competency with LGBTQ Family Systems
Families in Transition: Clinical Issues and Interventions
Gender Identity 101

Affirmative Therapy with Transgender Clients
Cultural Complexities in Identity Development and integration for LGBTQ Clients
Mental Health & Minority Stress

Transference & Countertransference Challenges

Spiritual Trauma and Integration

Contact Lisa for specialized training for your agency or institution.

I love teaching! Thank you to these organizations who have invited me to train their students, teachers, therapists, and staff in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy:

Gender Spectrum

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Association

Pepperdine University

Cal State Fullerton Student Services

Hoag Community Clinic

Chapman University Clinical Training

Seventh Day Adventist Kinship Meeting

American Family Therapy Academy

OC Chapter of CAMFT

LA Chapter of CAMFT

CAMFT State Conference

CSP of Orange County