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:
self-acceptance and internalized homophobia
non hetero-normative sexual behaviours and practices
trauma and abuse from growing up LGBTQ
the difficult process of coming out
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.
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.
Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW, is a board-certified sexologist and the founder of The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health, and runs a private practice in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Dr. Kort, a therapist, coach and author, has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years and has spoken internationally on the subject of gay counseling. He specializes in sex therapy, gay affirmative psychotherapy, sexually compulsive behaviors, and IMAGO relationship therapy designed for couples to enhance their relationship through improved communication. Dr. Kort is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today on issues of sexuality. He has been a guest on the various television programs on mixed orientation marriages and “sexual addiction”. Dr. Kort is the author of several books, including, LGBTQ Clients in Therapy, Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives, 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love, and Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bisexual.
Financial: Joe Kort is President of Joe Kort & Associates, PC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Joe Kort has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
Access never expires for this product.
Assess gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning clients for psychological trauma to assist in informing treatments interventions.
Determine the six distinct stages of the coming out process to provide optimal amount of support to the client.
Distinguish between mental health disorders that mimic the effects of the trauma from growing up LGBTQ.
Utilize specific clinical interventions and assessment tools to more effectively treat LGBTQ clients.
Employ adaptable clinical interventions to work more effectively with LGBTQ clients from different generations.
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
Red-flag words: Offensive words you might use (without you knowing!)
Intake session: questions about developing identity
Strategies to establish rapport and comfort
Tips for discussing sex and sexuality
Talk About Sex!
Don’t miss out on key info by ignoring the sex talk
Top or bottom? And other important questions to ask: flexible, changing sexual preferences and attractions
Varieties of sexuality
Protect the client from your own biases and assumptions
Stigma and its impact on mental health from childhood to adulthood
6 distinct stages with interventions
Navigate the 3 phases of coming out to avoid isolation and alienation
Fear, shame and rejection unique to this population
Relationship concerns: family, friends, school or workplace
Finding a sense of belonging in LGBTQ community
Harmful and dangerous effects of conversion therapy
Coming out issues
It gets better but not before coming out
Bullying and other safety issues contributing to PTSD
Harm reduction adult dating apps such as Grindr, Scruff, etc.
Risk assessment for substance abuse
Assess for suicidality
Develop a treatment plan and goals for unique challenges growing up gay male
Accurate assessment of alcohol use with this high risk population
HIV & STI prevention strategies and risk and harm reduction
Generational differences informing different treatment plans
Learn specific sexual terminology to avoid alienating your client
Develop a treatment plan and goals for unique challenges growing up lesbian
Specific terminology that is helpful and damaging in this population
Sex and sexuality: what to know, what to ask
Strategies to manage gender dynamics
Internalized homophobia manifests in development
Learn strategies to help the anxiety of bisexuals in dating and relationships
Internalized biphobia and bisexual development from childhood into adulthood
Compare and contrast male and female bisexuality
Overcome the knowledge barrier
Avoid using outdated treatment plans
Learn and differentiate correct terms such as gender queer, gender fluid and cisgender
Strategies to help your client tell their partner, families, friends and employers
Tips to discuss hormone treatments and surgical procedures
Crucial points for transgender teens medically and psychologically and how to create best treatment plan
Avoid mislabeling a client and leading them down the wrong sexual identity path
Differentiate between sexual fluidity from bisexuality, gay and lesbian identities
Differentiate between sexual identity, sexual behaviour and sexual fantasies
Working with LGB Couples
Dynamics of a same gendered couple including vulnerabilities and strengths
Coming out discrepancy causing turbulence for couples
Recognize and identify how internalized homophobia creates conflicts
Open relationships in gay male couples
Sexual issues and strategies on compatibility, incompatibility, frequency and satisfaction
Working with Mixed Orientation Couples and Relationships
Specific stages of coming out as a mixed orientation couple
Specialized treatment programs for the straight spouses
Helping LGBTQ spouse integrate their identity into their mixed orientation relationships
Learn how to identify which couples will succeed and which won’t
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.