5/13/2017 Contextual Behavioral Therapies for work with Gender and Sexual Minorities
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CE Credits 4.0
Contextual Behavioral Therapies for Work with Gender and Sexual Minorities
Presenter: Matthew D. Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP
Held at the LACPA Office in Encino
Includes continental breakfast and parking.
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Pre-registration ends Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 PM
On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits
Despite incredible advances in the science of psychological distress or well-being among gender and sexual minority (GSM) clients, changes in treatment have been lagging. Most resources are dedicated to the need for an affirming and non-rejecting stance, though these do not meet the needs of therapists who wish to align their practice with the most current of data. This workshop will promote cutting-edge techniques that take advantage of research on minority stress and emotion regulation. The workshop will incorporate both theoretical and experiential work. Moving through life as a gender or sexual minority often entails some period of secrecy, guardedness, shame, and familial ruptures. Dr. Skinta will explore the newest methods and therapeutic techniques that tackle these concerns in the therapy hour and within the therapeutic relationship.
This workshop will also aid clinicians in cultivating their own compassion and values toward meeting the challenges of moving through life as a GSM person, particularly through targeting the therapist’s own history of cultural messages about gender and sexuality that might arise in the therapeutic relationship. Through the use of awareness, courage, therapeutic love, compassion, perspective taking, and acceptance, participants will grow in their ability to relate as gendered and sexual beings. From this place, powerful and therapeutic relationships can blossom.
Clinicians will leave with a greater understanding of how concepts such as minority stress, rejection sensitivity, and complex trauma can be better responded to in session. Particularly, attention will be made toward the cultural and global concerns that arise as both acceptance and animus are on the rise globally toward GSM communities.