Buffalo Training Details

All in the Family: Supporting LGBTQ Needs through the Lifecycle

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Date/Time: Friday, Apr. 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 N. Forest Rd., Getzville, NY
Hours: 6.0
CEUs: 6.0
Cost: $135.00
Lunch Included: Yes


Arlene Istar Lev


Arlene is a social worker, family therapist, educator, and writer whose work addresses the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting (www.choicesconsulting.com) providing individual and family therapy and TIGRIS—The Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (www.tigrisinstitute.com), a training program located in Albany, New York. Arlene is a part-time lecturer at the State University New York at Albany, School of Social Welfare and the Project Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI). Arlene has authored numerous journal articles and essays including authoring two books: The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide and Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families winner of the American Psychological Association (Division 44) Distinguished Book Award, 2006. She is the Founder of Rainbow Access Initiative, a training program on LGBT issues for therapists and medical professionals in the Capital Region and the Clinical Supervisor for Center Support: Counseling Services, a low-cost therapy program at The Pride Center of the Capital Region.


Please note the new location for this training.

Early Bird Discount Price by March 29: $115; Regular Price after March 29: $135.

Families address issues of sexual orientation and gender identity on a daily basis, and in multifaceted ways. Adolescents come out to their parents, gay and lesbian couples begin families, and spouses reveal their conflicted relationship to their gender. This workshop will provide an overview of sexual orientation and gender identity, and explore the clinical issues impacting lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, couples, and families, within a systemic perspective.
Content will outline definitions and language within the context of cultural communities, the process of identity developmental, and the role of discrimination and bias in the psychological experience of LGBTQ people. Focus will be on gay men and lesbians as individuals and couples, including issues impacting youth who are first coming out, and couple development, and family-building. Additionally, we will focus on the specific concerns for transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming clients and their families. We will discuss the role of the clinican in evaluation for medical treatment, couple and family issues when a spouse comes out transgender, and issues in treating gender nonconforming children and youth. Gender diversity and expression is viewed as a normative process of identity development, albeit a challenging one within rigid socio-cultural environment. The new
DSM-5 and the Standards of Care developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

• Develop a working knowledge of sexual orientation and gender identity issues for affirmative treatment with LGBTQ adults and adolescents;
• Demonstrate advanced clinical practice skills that support diverse sexual and gender identities, based on emerging evidence-based research and clinical best practices;
• Identify the experience of oppression and bias within an historical, political, and socio-cultural perspective and accurately assess how it impacts the lifecycle development of LGBTQ people;
• Describe the heterogeneity of LGBTQ lifestyles across cultural, class, age, race, ethnic, religious and political cohorts and communities and encourage cultural competence regarding diverse sexual minorities;
• Use a biopsychosocial, strengths-based approach in understanding specific LGBTQ human development issues (i.e., coming-out) as well as coupling and family-building concerns, within a feminist, narrative, and systemic framework;
• Explain the definitions, terms, concepts, and paradigms relative to competent practice with transgender and transsexual clients and their families.
Research: This is a workshop that reflects the complexities involved with LGBTQ emerging evidence-based research and current clinical best practices. Some content draws on Empirically Supported Treatment at level 2- see definition at http://bit.ly/1nKRF3s. Some resources that reflect various levels of emerging and current best practice information are from a variety of sources including but not limited to: Standard of Care from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health at http://bit.ly/1Ph4SKo; Shelton, K. and Delgado-Romero, E. A. (2011). Sexual orientation microaggressions: The experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer clients in psychotherapy, Journal of Counseling Psychology excerpt at http://bit.ly/1nYef9h; Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University http://bit.ly/1W7DRuN; and APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients at http://bit.ly/20FlkN2.
Content level: intermediate

Target Audience: social workers, mental health therapists and other human service professionals.

New York LMSW & LCSW Contact Hours: University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 6 live training hours are approved.

NYS OASAS provider #0045: CASAC, CPP & CPS renewal hours; CPP & CPS initial hours in Section 1.

ASWB ACE Credits: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education, #1312, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/2/2015-7/2/2018. Social workers in states other than New York should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Content level is intermediate. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

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