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Contextual Behavioral Therapies for work with Gender and Sexual Minorities

When: 5/13/17
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: LACPA Office
6345 Balboa Blvd., Building 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA

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Contextual Behavioral Therapies for Work with Gender and Sexual Minorities


Date/Time:   Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Presenter:    Mathew D. Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP

Location:      LACPA Office Encino

CE Credits:   4.0


 Program fee includes continental breakfast and parking:

LACPA Members $100              LACPA Student Members $50

Non-Members $120                   Student Non-Member $65


Pre-registration ended Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration is available at an additional $20.00.




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 periods 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.


Attendees will be able to:

1.  Integrate cutting-edge research into therapy with GSM clients.

2.  Perform experiential exercises to better understand sticking points regarding gender and sexuality

3.  Sharpen their ability to notice emotional avoidance processes as they occur in the moment in relation to gender and sexual identity

4. Practice willingness to be with the discomfort of discussing sex and sexuality

5. Contact and explore their own relationship with gender identity and gendered behaviors




Matthew Skinta, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board-certified health psychologist, researcher, and the Director of Palo Alto University’s Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic. He is a peer-reviewed Acceptance & Commitment Therapy trainer, as well as a certified Functional Analytic Psychotherapy trainer.  His new book, Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities: A Clinician’s Guide to Fostering Compassion, Connection, and Equality Using Contextual Strategies, was released in Fall 2016 by Context Press.







This course is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA.)  LACPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.


It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


 Program and location are subject to change.

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