Loss, Trauma, Grief, and Change: Unique Considerations for LGBTQ Clients
For those of you in Wichita or close by: I'll be facilitating a Noontime Forum at Friends University, next Wednesday! Sadly, the format of Friends emails does not translate well to my webpage, so you're missing some logos and great photos of campus, but you can see that when you get there, yes? Of course, you can.
Details follow below--in case you'd like the Cliff's Notes version, however: the focus of next week's presentation will be on LGBTQ competencies, as they relate specifically to experiences of change and loss, with particular attention paid to the ways these experiences mediate developmental processes like self-identifying, coming out, transition, and entering and leaving various communities.
November 13, 2013
Clinical Concerns in LGBT Communities
Each year, the Master of Science in Family Therapy (MSFT) program plays host to a series of lectures focusing on a particular topic or variety of topics to provide a brief and yet informative presentation relevant to the mental-health field. In addition to gaining useful information on clinical application, clinicians can earn continuing-education credit by attending (1 forum = 1 hour of CEU). Mental-health professionals and students are invited to bring a sack lunch and join us from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Marriage and Family Therapy facility.
Ash Wickell, LMFT-T
Ash is a graduate of the MSFT program at Friends University. He works with clients at the First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita.
Objectives of this presentation:
· Develop a deeper awareness of identity and relational signifiers in common use in LGBTQ communities, including both “mainstream” clinical and academic terminologies and vernaculars more common within specific communal contexts.
· Enhance their capacity for critical engagement with normative models of LGBTQ identity development, through a consideration of unique contextual factors which carry diverse implications for the specific content of “healthy” or “adaptive” behaviors, from one community or individual to the next.
· Build their understanding of LGBTQ experiences of oppression, marginalization, and exclusion, both in general and in specifically clinical contexts; and will consider approaches to engaging and mitigating these experiences, through interrelated lenses of trauma, relational stress/loss, and chronic fear/anxiety, within their own clinical practices.
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