Full Course Description

LGBTQ+ Clients: Treatment Strategies for Sexual and Gender Identity Issues

With the variety of terms and ideas in today’s LGBTQ+ culture, it’s easy to feel lost in the complexity of sexual and gender identity, while also feeling overwhelmed by the fear of inadvertently offending your client somehow.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Aaron Testard is here to bring you the latest research and trends in sexual and gender identity issues.

This training will give you:

Build trust and credibility with your LGBTQ+ clients by expanding your knowledge of this ever-evolving population.

Program Information


  1. Appraise current trends and perspectives in the LGBTQ community, and the implications for clinical work.
  2. Build safety and trust effectively with LGBTQ clients in clinical practice.
  3. Analyze the main factors impacting treatment and the identity development process of LGBTQ clients.
  4. Analyze the phases of identity development for LGBTQ clients to better inform treatment planning.
  5. Integrate LGBTQ history and knowledge into the clinical session.
  6. Determine treatment strategies to help clients in each phase of LGBTQ identity development.


What you Need to Know to Establish Safety, Trust, and Credibility with LGBTQ+ Clients

Important Treatment Considerations Clinical Interventions to Support Clients Through Each Phase of LGBTQ+ Identity Development
Phase 1: Pre-Coming Out and Confusion Phase 2: Comparison and Consideration Phase 3: Tolerance and Exploration Phase 4: Acceptance and Deepening Phase 5: Pride and Commitment Phase 6: Synthesis and Integration

Copyright : 29/01/2021

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies

Are you making the biggest mistake treating your LGBTQ clients? Are you pushing them to “come out”? And if you are…you could be traumatizing your clients.

I made the same mistake early in my career of forcing my clients to name and claim their sexual identity.

I didn’t know how to ask them about their sexual practices. And when I tried, I offended them.

Watch my recording and I will equip you with the right tools and up-to-date information you need in this rapidly changing population to more effectively counsel your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning clients, and couples.

You will learn specific strategies to better treat the unique challenges your client may be facing such as:

Also, let me help you avoid the common mistake of believing, “a couple is a couple” and treating LGBTQ couples the same as their heterosexual counterparts.

Don’t be the straight therapist that is losing LGBTQ clients because of poor intake, assessment and treatment planning. Learn how to offer your clients a safe place for therapy.

Program Information


  1. Assess gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning clients for psychological trauma to assist in informing treatments interventions.
  2. Determine the six distinct stages of the coming out process to provide optimal amount of support to the client.
  3. Distinguish between mental health disorders that mimic the effects of the trauma from growing up LGBTQ.
  4. Utilize specific clinical interventions and assessment tools to more effectively treat LGBTQ clients.
  5. Employ adaptable clinical interventions to work more effectively with LGBTQ clients from different generations.
  6. Evaluate the dynamics of same gendered couple, including vulnerabilities and strengths, when working with LGB couples in session.


Do No Harm: Make Your LGBTQ Client Feel Safe & Respected in Therapy

Talk About Sex!

Coming Out

LGBTQ Adolescence

Gay Male





Working with LGB Couples

Working with Mixed Orientation Couples and Relationships

Copyright : 20/01/2020

Welcome to the LGBTQIA2+ Rainbow Community: What you didn’t know and how to become an Ally to your clients

The first step to becoming an ally to LGBTQIA2+ transgender and nonbinary people is to learn more; It can be tough for LGBTQIA2+ transgender and nonbinary people to bear the burden of educating others about their lived experience. After this workshop you’ll be able to better support the LGBTQIA2+ trans and nonbinary folks in your lives, and help to create a safer, kinder and more accepting world. Being an LGBTQIA2+ ally, is the first step on how to support LGBTQIA2+ transgender and nonbinary people in your life, program, school, private practice, hospital, College, Detox, group home for youth, correctional facility, mental health or substance disorder treatment facility, home, sober living or any organization or facility. We will touch on the Basics of gender: gender identity, gender expression, and transitioning, LGBTQIA2+ terms and Definitions, Suicide prevention regarding the LGBTQIA2+ Community, Basics of sexual orientation: Tips and Techniques of helping with the Coming out process: planning ahead, testing the waters, environment, support systems, and safety, Healthy relationships, self-care, mental health, and warning signs of negative mental health outcomes such as seriously considering suicide. 

Program Information



Copyright : 03/09/2020

The Millennial Lovelink

Many millennials are choosing to ditch gender identifiers like male and female, and shed labels like single, taken, gay, or straight. They’re shucking them in favor of fluidity—the belief that one’s deeply personal sense of gender, sexuality, or in-relationship identity can be more elusive and shifting than previous generations acknowledged. We’ll explore how working with fluid millennial clients can be both enlightening and challenging for older therapists, especially when helping them navigate issues of intimacy, love, and sex.

Program Information


  1. Discover how millennials approach romantic love differently, including the challenge of committing to relationships despite the endless options of dating apps, and squaring desire for independence and self-discovery with commitment needs.
  2. Discover the qualities that millennials most value in therapists, like directness and self-disclosure, and how to embody them.
  3. Discover how to truly connect with millennial clients by speaking their distinctive language, which includes tinder, bumble, ghosting, benching, and breadcrumbing.


Millennials approach love and sexuality differently compared to other age groups.

Understand the how to build a therapeutic alliance with millennials Learn the language of millennials

Copyright : 24/03/2018