Here are some workshops I attended since my last update:
- Pros/cons of forgiveness after trauma
- treatment planning
- suicide assessment
- treating dissociation with EMDR (with Dolores Mosquera)
- restoring sexual development via body-based therapies (with Dr. Nan Wise)
- practicing during Covid-19: ethical & risk management
- Black & White therapeutic dyads (with Dr. Laurie Paul)
- developmental impact of shame
- negotiating racial stress within a therapeutic relationship (with Dr. Howard C. Stevenson)
- roots of self-sabotage
- religious trauma: negative effects of purity culture
- gender expansive & Non-Binary clients
- sexual taboos within the Black community (with Christina Wright, MPH)
- intimacy & sexuality after pregnancy (with Dr. Stephanie Buehler)
I also started a new EMDR Certification process through EMDR-specific supervision
Thank you 2019! Here were the highlights!
- attended a 40 hour EMDR training
- hosted a panel presentation of conversion therapy survivors
- obtained a Missouri counseling license (in addition to my Kansas one) & became a registered clinical supervisor
- favorite clinical book I read this year: The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing up Gay
- studied men & depression and narcissism
- facilitated a sex education program for adolescents
- organized five continuing education events for therapists (Helping Transgender Clients in Transition; Becoming a Resilient Leader; Understanding LGBTQ+ in Islam and Middle East Culture; Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Fantasy with Sexual Trauma Survivors; Therapeutic Touch Practitioners–a Collaborative Resource; and Therapeutic Considerations with LBGTQ+ Active Military and Veterans)
- joined a biweekly consultation group with 3 other professionals
This year I am one of Kansas City’s LGBT Affirmative Therapist Guild leaders. I am helping coordinate continuing education events for local therapists to develop their competencies with sexual and gender minority populations.
I attended a sexual health annual conference. Of course it was a good time! Here’s what I studied:
- Combating Sexual Misconduct in our Schools
- Bringing Perimenopause into the Light
- Sexual Education & Ethical Decision-Making
- Coping with Jealousy
- Strategies of Human Mating
- Envisioning Sexual Health
- The Art of Brief Sexual Assessment
- Black & Sexual with a Disability
- Transgender Hormone Referral Letters
- Interdisciplinary Approach to Sexual Pain
I work with many clients who suffer from gender dysphoria. During any given week, I host several conversations regarding clients’ gender expression as related to their sense of self and well-being. There are several means, depending on the situation, to bolster client efforts in synchronizing their gender expression (cues visible to others) with their gender identity (their self-experienced gender).
Some people seek an official assessment for potential hormone referral therapy. These assessments include an intake of the client’s life history including child & adolescent development; transition goals; coping resources; and any co-occurring problems (such as depression or trauma histories). During later stages in the process, I may invite clients to bring family members into the meetings for increased social support (this part is required earlier for adolescents).
Other clients, such as gender non-conforming people, benefit from deconstructing any unhelpful gender associations & roles they internalized from developmental and social contexts. Then, therapeutic techniques such as assertiveness training help privilege their own unique identity and facilitate choices & empowerment.
I attended the Kansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy conference last week. It was two days full of sex therapy information, presented by Stephanie Buehler of the Buehler Institute. We discussed the diverse, healthy range of sexual expression/sexual orientation/and gender orientations. I gained knowledge about sexual problems and ecosystemic contexts–including individual, medical, and intimate relationship interventions.
This summer, I will be an adjunct instructor for a graduate course in Sex Therapy.