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Speaker for this month’s webinar


Cheri Smith (She/Her/Hers), Ph.D., LPC, NCC has been a counselor educator for over 30 years and currently teaches at Southern Connecticut State University.  She has served in various leadership roles in the counseling profession including,  President of the Alabama Counseling Association, President of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling and served on the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling.  Also, with Misty Ginicola and Joel Filmore she co-edited the book Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+People.

Dr. Misty Ginicola, LPC, CA-RYT-200  is a Counselor Educator and Private Practitioner, as well as the Immediate Past-President of SAIGE. Dr. Ginicola specializes in research and clinical practice with Queer & Trans clients.

Julia Barrows is currently a second-year master’s student in the clinical mental health program at SCSU. Recently, she completed her practicum at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut. with Queer & Trans clients.

Upcoming Webinars

Rainbow High: Etiology and Treatment of
Substance Use Disorders among LGBTGEQIAP+ Clients

Join us for our upcoming webinar on August TBA at 12:00-2:00 EST

Speaker: Dr. Michael Chaney (pronouns: he/him/his)


Rainbow Advocacy in School Systems:
Developing Queer & Trans Inclusive Programs and Policies

Join us for our upcoming webinar on TBA

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gess

Counseling & Advocating with Trans Youth:
Demystifying Gender Development & Debunking Gender Myths

Join us for our upcoming webinar on September TBA at 12:00-2:00 EST

As counselors and other related mental health professionals, when providing counseling services, psychoeducation, and advocacy for Trans Youth and their families, we must know how to understand and also address questions surrounding gender development. We must also be able to explain why common myths surrounding the experiences of trans children and youth are false. Understanding the research and biology behind gender is crucial for counselors working with this population; it is also crucial for advocates and allies to be well versed on the biological, social, and emotional experiences surrounding gender development so that we may provide education and advocacy in the efforts to protect trans youth. 

Speaker: Dr. Misty Ginicola (pronouns: she/her/hers), Dr. Laurie Bonjo (pronouns: they/them/theirs)

Future Webinars

Topic: Queer & Trans History in the Counseling Profession

Join us for our upcoming webinar on TBA, at 12:00-1:30 EST

Speaker: Dr. Mark Pope


Past Webinars

Social Justice and the Human Trafficking of Queer & Trans People


Join us for our upcoming webinar on June 12, at 12:00-2:00 EST

Two of the prominent social justice issues of our time are the oppression of sex/sexual/affectional/gender minorities and human trafficking. Yet overlooked is how these two issues converge. Queer and trans youth are among the populations most victimized by human sex trafficking. This presentation will address why these individuals are at particular risk; methods and strategies for prevention; and opportunities for social justice which lower the risk of queer and trans youth being trafficked.

Speaker: Dr. Jared Rose (pronouns: he/him/his)

Dr. Jared Rose, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, EMDRC is an Assistant Professor in Bowling Green State University’s Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Programs, owner, practitioner, and executive director of a private practice, and the immediate Past-President of SAIGE. Dr. Rose has over 20 years of experience working with LGBTGEQIAP+ and human trafficking survivor/victims at individual, community, and social justice levels


At the completion of this session, participants will be able:

1. Identify and describe a general overview of human trafficking, and distinguish awareness components associated with queer & trans youth human trafficking.

2. Summarize and predict the risk-factors which place queer & trans youth at higher risk of human trafficking than non-LGBTGEQIAP+.

3. Define and discuss the foundational elements of affirmative approaches in queer & trans interactions.

4. Examine measures to prevent the human trafficking of queer & trans youth through individual and community interventions and social justice activities.

Religion & Spirituality with the LGBTQ+ Communities


Research demonstrates that for many individuals, religion and spirituality (R&S) are important factors in their life and psychological wellbeing. This webinar will explore the relationship between R&S and individuals within LGBTQ+ communities. Specifically, how R&S are connected and defined within counseling and psychology as well as examine and discuss the role of Religious Abuse and its effects on these communities. Finally, the concept of the Numinous will be introduced and discussed to examine and facilitate working with clients without using overtly R&S language. 2 NBCC CE's.

Webinar was held on May 29, at 12:00-2:00 EST

Speaker: Dr. Marion Toscano

Rainbow Ethics: Integrating Ethical Reflection and Practice in Working with Queer & Trans Clients

Webinar was held on March 20, 2019 at 12:00-2:00 EST

This presentation will examine the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and how to help LGBTQ+ affirming counselors to foster deeper ethical reflection into counseling practice in a variety of settings with LGBTQ individuals. This webinar will focus on managing professional boundaries with LGBTQ+ clients, the role of values and ethical bracketing in the therapeutic process, the unethical practice of reparative therapy, social media, and what it means to practice ethically and competently as an LGBTQ+ Professional Counselor. 2 NBCC CEs.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Kocet

Parenting the Rainbow: Supporting the Parents of Queer & Trans Youth

Webinar was held on March 6th at 12:00-2:00 EST

As counselors working with LGBTQI+ clients, we often only focus on our individual client, helping them to cope with and respond to reactions from family members. However, as queer and trans clients are coming out at younger ages, part of our work can be to assist families in understanding their children and to become affirming, which is linked to significantly lowered suicide risks. This interactive webinar helps prepare counselors to support family members through their journey and helps to guide them in becoming an affirming and supportive advocate for their children. 2 NBCC CEs.

Speakers: Dr. Laurie Bonjo  & Dr. Misty Ginicola


Engaging Male-Identifying Affectional and Gender Minority Sexual Trauma Survivors in Therapy

Webinar was held on February 21st, 2019 at 12:00-2:00 EST

Workshop Description:

One in four men are sexually abused in their lifetime, though this may be grossly underestimated given the prevalence of stigmatization against male rape. In addition, affectional and gender minority (AGM) individuals are disproportionately affected by sexual trauma. Thus, male-identifying AGM individuals are at heightened risk for adverse outcomes, and necessitate nuanced approaches to counseling. This webinar will explore treatment engagement strategies for those individuals with sexual traumatization, with a focus on the unique intersection of male gender identity and AGM status. 2 NBCC CEs.

Speaker: Dr. Amy Ellis

Liberation & Celebration Practices
in Counseling Queer & Trans People

Webinar was held on February 14th at 12:00-2:00 EST


Uncovering the history and impacts of colonization on queer & trans people is incredibly important for counselors serving these populations. Building upon the quintessential work of Dr. Anneliese Singh, this workshop will provide a review of how indigenous healing practices and beliefs were colonized in the foundation for modern psychology, and how decolonizing work can be healing for all clients. Liberation, empowerment, and celebration approaches and specific practices will be discussed. Counselors will learn why decolonization is important to multiculturally competent practice and social justice, as well as how to move past affirmative approaches in counseling to liberation and celebration. 2 NBCC CEs.

Speaker: Dr. Misty Ginicola

Racial Healing, Justice, & Liberation in Queer & Trans Communities

Webinar was held on December 9 at 12:00-1:00 EST

In this webinar, Anneliese Singh describes core strategies of racial healing that queer and trans people of color and white people can engage in to build toward collective liberation and racial justice. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore their own racial healing in order to be able to work more effectively with clients across multiple races/ethnicities and more effectively challenge structural racism within institutional settings. 1 NBCC CE.

Speaker: Dr. Anneliese Singh

Beyond the Binary: A Primer for Counseling Transgender and Gender Expansive People

Webinar was held on November 22 at 1:00-3:00 EST

Very often mental health professionals are not feeling prepared by their graduate programs to work with trans and gender expansive (TGE) people. With numerous gender identities, changing terminology, and recent scientific discoveries surrounding gender, it is incredibly important that counselors continue to stay up to date. New and seasoned professionals alike must continue to develop awareness and understanding of TGE clients, as well as strategies and skills for a trans-affirmative counseling practice. This workshop will help any mental health professional start their journey towards competence in working with this population. 2 NBCC CEs.

Speaker: Dr. Mickey White

The Journey to Allyship: Checking Your Privilege at the Door

Webinar was held on October 25, 2019 at 12:00-2:00 EST

Am I not already an ally if I affirm LGBTGEQIAP+ people? What does it mean to ally for others, as a verb? What is an accomplice? The ally journey involves understanding the role of an ally, having an honest and open dialogue about coming from a place of privilege, and possessing the knowledge and action to move past simple affirmation and show allyship in your approach and practice. Through stories of the presenter’s experiences and lessons learned in being a true ally, this webinar will educate new and seasoned counseling and related mental health professionals on what it means to ally, as well as how to cultivate allyship in others. 2 NBCC CEs.

Speaker: Dr. Tamekia Bell

A GSA is Not Enough: Supporting Queer & Trans Youth in Schools

Webinar was held on October 11, 2019 at 12:00-2:00 EST

A substantial body of research supports the implementation of GSAs in schools. However, LGBTGEQIAP+ students may still encounter numerous barriers and these unmet needs can limit their success in academic, personal-social, and career domains. How can we support the school in implementing systemic shifts that will create a culture and climate of inclusion for LGBTGEQIAP+ students? What can we do to help students who come from families where one or more family members are not accepting? This interactive webinar educates both new and seasoned professionals on actions that can be taken to support LGBTGEQIAP+ students at the institutional level through systemic practices, at the group level by using proximal interventions, and also at the individual and family level by using a flexible and simple tool developed by the presenter for working with LGBTGEQIAP+ students and their families. 2 NBCC CE’s.

Speaker: Dr. Laurie Bonjo

Rainbow Counselors: Becoming Competent in Affirmative & Celebratory Counseling with Queer & Trans People

Join us for our upcoming webinar on September 27, 2019 at 12:00-2:00 EST

What does it take to be competent to work with LGBTGEQIAP+ people? Many mental health specialists are open to working with Queer and Trans people, but openness does not translate to competence. Within this workshop, participants will learn how self-awareness, knowledge of client’s lives, privilege, marginalization, advocacy, and specific affirmative, liberatory, and celebratory counseling skills are needed to provide quality counseling to LGBTGEQIAP+ people. Using ALGBTIC competencies, participants will identify where they currently are on their continual journey of learning and building competence when working with LGBTGEQIAP+ people. 2 NBCC CE’s.

Speaker: Dr. Misty M. Ginicola

Words Can Hurt:
Staying Competent in LGBTGEQIAP+ Terminology

Join us for our upcoming webinar on August 30, 2019 at 12:00-2:00 EST

Is it sexual or affectional orientation? What is asexual, pansexual, genderqueer? What does the G stand for? When working with LGBTGEQIAP+ people, the terminology is not only expansive, it has changed quickly, leaving many counselors and other mental health professionals unsure of appropriate terms and their meanings. Using outdated, stigmatized terms can cause harm to clients/students, the therapeutic relationship, and the client's view of counseling. This interactive webinar educates both new and seasoned professionals on the most updated terms, as well as problematic terms to avoid. 2 NBCC CEs.

Speaker: Dr. Misty M. Ginicola