Effective and evidence-based treatment strategies for GLBT clients
Identify hidden treatment issues amongst GLBT couples
Risk assessment and treatment for GLBT teens
Avoid the top mistakes therapists make with their GLBT clients
Join international speaker, author and expert on gay issues and counseling, Dr. Joe Kort, as he equips you with the tools and information you need to more effectively counsel your gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender clients, couples and teens.
Through case examples and plenty of humor, you will gain a better understanding of the current GLBT culture, sexual fluidity and trauma associated with growing up in the closet. You will learn strategies to better treat the unique challenges your client may be facing such as self-acceptance, sexual identity, abuse, and the difficult process of coming out. Learn how to differentiate common mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression and bipolar, which often mimic the effects of abuse, stigmatization, or the coming out process for GLBT clients. Dr. Kort will also discuss the different relationship dynamics of a same gendered couple and give you practical tools for therapeutic progress.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a leading expert in the field!
Assess psychological trauma of growing up gay and lesbian.
Identify symptoms of Covert Cultural Sexual Abuse growing up gay.
Recognize stages and phases of coming out and how to work with couples at different stages.
Discuss the "doubling" factor of two members of the same gender and how this plays out in their relationship conflicts.
Differentiate common mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression and bipolar, which often mimic the effects of abuse, stigmatization, or the coming out process for GLBT clients.
Utilize specific interventions and assessment tools for GLBT clients and gay affirmative therapy.
Growing Up & Coming Out: Trauma, Conflicting Norms and Unique Challenges
Stigma and its impact on mental health
Covert cultural sexual abuse
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
6 stages & 3 phases to coming out
Differentiate sexual identity, preference, fantasy & behaviors
Finding their sense of belonging in the GLBT community
Your GLBT Client’s Sexuality
Cultural understanding of GLBT sex practices and behaviors
Bi-now, gay later concept
Various manifestations of bisexuality
Transgender and sexual functioning
Coming out issues specific to being 18-years-old and younger
Risk assessment for substance abuse
Assess for suicidality
Mental health disorders that mimic:
Effects of growing up in the closet
Covert sexual abuse
Coming out stages & phases
Recognize characterological overlays
Symptoms as defenses
Clinical Treatment: Put It into Practice
Gay Affirmative Therapy (GAT)
Strategies for working through coming out process
CBT techniques through writing
Challenge internalized negative beliefs
Overcome trauma, shame, alienation and isolation
Exposure therapy to other GLBT individuals and groups
Recognize character logical-appearing overlays
Reduce and eliminate internalized homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
Identify integration of self and homosexuality
Additional treatment considerations
Avoid common mistakes
Working with GLBT Couples
Imago Relationship Model
Gottman’s research on gay and lesbian couples
Differences and similarities from treating heterosexual couple
Dynamics of a same gendered couple: “doubling” effect around gender
Coming out discrepancy
Open relationships and polyamory
Mixed orientation marriage with one gay spouse, one straight spouse
Lesbian Bed Death Myth
Gay male couples and vulnerability
About the Speaker:
Joe Kort, PhD, 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 on Huffington Post on issues of sexuality. He has been a guest on various television programs on mixed orientation marriages and sexual addiction. Dr. Kort is the author of several books, including, 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 to be released Fall, 2014.
Continuing Education Information:
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