Upcoming Monthly Webinar

Open the Gates: Supporting Transgender/Non-Binary Clients

Friday, June 25th, 2021

12 - 1:30 pm EST

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For many transgender and non-binary clients, counseling can be a source of gatekeeping life-saving gender-affirming care. In this webinar, Dr. Jess Westcott will share strategies to help you make your practice an affirming and accessible source of
support for transgender clients. Learn about best practices for diagnosis and referrals for transgender clients and writing letters to support gender-affirming medical care!

Dr. Westcott is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Cook Counseling Center. They earned their B.S. in Neuroscience at Baylor University and their M.A. in School Counseling at Marquette University. They completed their Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Jess enjoys counseling all college students, regardless of presenting concern. They have experience working with students that are struggling with depression, anxiety, shame, identity development, relational concerns, and issues related to religious/spiritual identity. They have a passion for working with students who identify as LGBTQ+ or are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Jess’s approach to therapy utilizes a relational cultural framework and integrates interpersonal process and schema theories. In their free time, Jess enjoys cooking with their wife, biking, and cuddling their cats Bucky and Pepper.

Past Webinars

Creating Supportive Spaces for LGBTGEQ+ Youth

Friday, May 21st, 2021 11 am - 12 pm EST

In this webinar, the presenter will discuss ideas and considerations for creating supportive spaces for LGBTGEQ+ youth in schools and community settings. Drawing upon her experiences co-leading a camp and facilitating a peer-based support group for LGBTGEQ+ youth for the past 12 years, Dr. Farmer will offer insights and recommendations so that counselors may
consider opportunities to create similar safe spaces for youth where they live and work. One CE is available for this webinar.

Meet Our Panelist:

Laura Boyd Farmer, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor, scholar, educator, and Qoya instructor. Her research and teaching center on LGBTGEQ-affirmative counseling, mental health, expressive therapies, and mind-body wellness. She owns a private counseling practice and volunteers her time facilitating a peer-based support group for LGBTGEQ+ youth in Roanoke, Virginia. She is currently serving as Professional Trustee on the Executive Board for the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE). Connect with Dr. Farmer at www.laurabfarmer.com or on Instagram: @theintuitivecounselor

Helping LGBTQ+ Clients Navigate Safety After COVID

Friday, March 26th, 2021 12 - 1:30 pm EST

Life after COVID represents exciting new opportunities to reconnect with our communities. Our panelists will discuss how we can help our clients define personal safety, set boundaries, and re-enter the world with intentionality in the wake of a global pandemic. This webinar qualifies for 1.5 NBCC CEs.

Cost: $7.50-$18.75 Remember as members, you have discounted rates!

Meet Our Panelists:

Christian D. Chan (he, him, his), PhD, NCC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, President of the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), and a proud Queer Person of Color. As a scholar-activist, his interests revolve around intersectionality; multiculturalism in counseling practice, supervision, and counselor education; and social justice and activism.

Shawn McNulty, LPC, CGCS, M.Ed., is a practicing counselor and has worked as an adjunct instructor for VCU and for The College of William and Mary's Counselor Education program. Shawn has an extensive history of serving the LGBTQ communities, including those who serve in the military, those living with HIV, and all kinds of humans whose lives intersect among them through his work as a director and counselor.

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)

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

Objectives:

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

Description:

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