Clinical Work with LGBTQ+ Youth
LGBT youth have higher rates of mental health issues, substance abuse issues, involvement in the child welfare, and involvement in the criminal justice system. They represent half of the homeless unaccompanied youth population in some cities. This workshop discusses the incorporation of the Minority Stress Theory and Attachment-Based Family Therapy into clinical practice. Participants will learn about the origins of negative outcomes, preventative strategies, suicide prevention, LGBT terminology, and local and national resources. We will discuss real case examples but please bring your own. This workshop will be highly interactive through case examples, small group and large group discussions, lecture, multimedia, and a quiz to test your knowledge.
Enhancing Your Work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals
Are you prepared and knowledgeable to work with a LGBT youth, adults, and elders? Is it clear that your school, agency, or program welcomes LGBT individuals? What resources would you recommend to them? How can we work ethically with LGBT individuals? This interactive workshop will assist managers and practitioners in learning respectful language, understanding the difference between gender identity (transgender) and sexual orientation (lesbian), and gaining a deeper understanding of how race, ethnicity, and religion intersect with LGBT individuals.
Casework with LGBT Youth
If you work at an agency that serves youth, you work at an agency that serves LGBT youth. The youth may not have "come out" to you yet, but they are there. How can we ethically work with LGBT youth? This workshop will discuss resources, respectful language, and the difference between gender identity (transgender) and sexual orientation (lesbian). Finally, we will consider a deeper understanding of how race, ethnicity, and religion intersect with LGBT youth.
Enhancing Your Work with Transgender Individuals
Working with transgender individuals can be rewarding if we understand the basics of what it means to be under the transgender umbrella. How is being transgender (gender identity) different from being gay or lesbian (sexual orientation)? What is the appropriate language to use? What type of accommodations can be easily used to help transgender children, youth, adults, and elders feel more comfortable? This workshop will review advanced topics in how to ethically work with transgender individuals.
Clinical Work with Transgender Youth
Half of individuals who are transgender report attempting suicide at least once. Responding to the needs of transgender youth is therefore critical. This workshop will discuss Minority Stress Theory and how to incorporate this framework into practice. Participants will learn about clinical strategies that help hurt transgender youth, suicide prevention, and appropriate terminology. Suicide prevention will include a review of three clinical approaches: Integrated-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). We will also discuss the neurological and genetic basis to the transgender experience and federal expectations for bathroom use, locker rooms, and field trips. We will discuss real case examples, but please bring your own. This workshop will be highly interactive through case examples, small group and large group discussions, lecture, multimedia, and a quiz to test your knowledge.
Preventing Suicide in Transgender Individuals
Suicide risk increases for transgender individuals when they participate in a single gender therapy group with cisgender patients where microaggressions are unaddressed and clinicians, social work professors, and students are unaware of the neurological and genetic research literature. This interactive workshop will entertain and answer all of your questions.
Transgender 101 Summary
Working with transgender individuals can be challenging while we are still learning basic terminology. How is being transgender (gender identity) different from being gay or lesbian (sexual orientation)? What is the difference between sex, gender, gender expression, and identity? This entertaining and engaging workshop will discuss a transgender case study and use videos to answer your questions regarding the law, how to create a warm and welcoming environment, and review advanced topics in how to ethically work with transgender individuals.
Federal Expectations, Ethical, and Legal Requirements When Working with Transgender Youth and Adults
What if we are going on an overnight field trip? Many questions arise regarding the obligations for school districts, residential, inpatient facilities, and employers when working with transgender individuals. This engaging workshop will present the essential transgender-friendly terminology, ethical dilemmas, transgender-related legal history, employment and federal requirements, and implementation for your specific setting. Videos, small group discussions, a quiz, and other interactive methods will be used to entertain you while you learn.
Legal Cases involving Discrimination against Transgender Children
This workshop will discuss the legal expectations for transgender children. There have been approximately ten legal cases since 2013 which have relevance for any providers, school districts, juvenile detention facilities, residentials, hospitals, and outpatient providers who work with children. Practical applications and ethical obligations for providers will be discussed.
Attachment Based Family Therapy (AFBT) Clinical Training
Attachment Based Family therapy (AFBT) is a 12- to 16-week family therapy model that integrates concepts from family systems theory and attachment theory (Singer et al., 2016). ABFT assumes interaction patterns in families exacerbate or reduce problems. The main strategy of ABFT is to use Relational Reframe and Attachment. Participants will learn how to how to incorporate these clinical strategies into practice. We will discuss real case examples, but please bring your own.
Enhancing your work with Adolescents who are Difficult, Angry, Manipulative, or Depressed
Adolescence is often a time filled with turmoil, stress, and moodiness, but it doesn’t have to be. How do you get youth to understand that bad behaviors lead to consequences? How do you motivate them to follow the rules? This interactive workshop will focus on communication, relationships, positive reinforcement, and consequences as the most important aspects that will adjust a youth’s behavior. Using strategies that are more successful can enhance all aspects of life.
Bibliotherapy and Cinematherapy as Clinical Tools
Bibliotherapy and cinematherapy can be utilized by clinicians to help adults negotiating their sexuality or gender identity later in life. Successfully making this transition can significantly reduce negative stigma, shame, internalized heterosexism, and behavioral health consequences.