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Counselling LGBTQ+ Individuals


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Counselling LGBTQ+ Individuals

  • Fairmont Royal York 100 Front Street West Toronto, ON, M5J 1E3 Canada (map)

Presented by Kevin G. Alderson, Ashleigh Yule

Significant social changes in Canada over the past 10 years have led to both increased visibility and earlier “coming out” experiences for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and others expressing sexual and/or gender diversity (LGBTQ+). Research clearly demonstrates that many LGBTQ+ individuals encounter physical, psychological, and social risk factors, including violence, harassment, poverty and underemployment, homelessness, academic challenges, and difficulty accessing medical services. Most clinicians, however, have received little to no training in working with LGBTQ+ individuals. At the same time, research clearly demonstrates the critical role of social acceptance and affirmative approaches in supporting the mental health and needs of LGBTQ+ individuals across the lifespan.

This 4-hour workshop will provide relevant and practical information regarding assessing and counselling LGBTQ+ clients. We will explore evidence-based practical strategies to create safer, more inclusive, and competent counselling environments for LGBTQ+ clients. Participants will also review concepts related to gender identity, gender expression, sexual and affectional orientation, and will have opportunity to update vocabularies and terminology in these areas. Presenters will share data-informed best practices for counselling LGBTQ+ clients through didactic, interactive, and role-play modalities. We will also review case examples and first-person narratives to support participants in perspective taking and empathy building for the LGBTQ+ clients in their practices and programs.

Participants will receive 4 Continuing Education Credits. Registration is $100 + HST for CPA Members & Student Affiliaties, $150 + HST for non-CPA Members.

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