Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

Volume II, Issue 8        

The MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter


Members are invited to submit notices & announcements!
Do you run a Group? Or know of an upcoming workshop or event for our clients or us? Know something that other QLGBTA mental health professionals may also want to know? Please submit it for the next eNewsletter! See end of eNewsletter for details.

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The Minnesota LGBT Therapists eNewsletter is a free networking tool for members of the LGBT Therapists network. All network members are welcome to contribute to this grassroots bi-weekly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to enews@LGBTtherapists.org. The LGBT Therapists eNewsletter is sent out every second Tuesday of the month.  All responses to questions, ads, workshops, etc. should be emailed directly back to the contact person in the notice. If you want your name added or deleted from the eNewsletter email list, use the links below.  Please note that if you do decide to delete your email, you will no longer receive general LGBT Therapists network communications, such as event announcements. If you want to become a member of this organization please visit the LGBT Therapists website.

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What's Up w/"The Network"? Read on cuz' cool things are happenin'!

  • LGBT Therapist Network:  Our Spring Workshop; Our PRIDE Table; MN LGBTQ Midwest Mental Health Conference
  • Network Steering Committee: Upcoming Meetings - Get involved!
  • Upcoming Classes & Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Upcoming Events
  • Consultation & Referrals Wanted
  • LGBT News Bits
  • Quote of the Day
  • NEXT ISSUE: MEMBER NEWS UPDATES!  Are you doing a group or a workshop? PLEASE LET US KNOW. Get some free publicity here! Submissions due by: Fri., 4/24.

Advertise your business in this eNewsletter! It is a perk of your paid membership. Send us your contact info and client populations & see it printed in the next eNewsletter on 4/28.
This eNewsletter reaches over 105 psychotherapists and organizations, and is growing every week! 
Members are invited to submit notices & announcements!
Do you run a Group? Or know of an upcoming workshop or event for our clients or us? Know something that other QLGBTA mental health professionals may also want to know? Please submit it for the next eNewsletter! See end of eNewsletter for details.

Cool & Groovy UPDATES of "THE NETWORK"!
I. Our Spring workshop:
Thursday, May 7, 12-2pm. NOTE LOCATION:
Nancy Baltins Room, Plymouth Congregational Church, located at LaSalle and Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. We will begin with member  announcements at 12:15 and the program runs  12:30-2pm. PLEASE RSVP!
Topic: "No Time to Be Shy: Selling Yourself in Today's Market"
This workshop will be facilitated by Phil Oxman, LP, and will include Chris Roberts and White Ash. Phil will speak about marketing issues relative to therapists and Chris and White Ash will speak from their experiences about advertising, business development & marketing.
Workshop Panelists:    
*Chris Roberts founded Roberts & More in 2001 t help clients succeed by suggesting and implementing strategies to enhance reputation. She will share a short PowerPoint presentation for folks who are not experienced in marketing for themselves. Chris has over 20 years of successful experience in marketing and public relations. She will share insights and methods to help you grow your business.  She will answer your questions and excite you about ways to communicate more effectively with your customers and prospects.
You will learn:
*How to think about marketing in a simple, straightforward way
*How to develop a marketing plan that will result in more clients
*Tips about what works and what doesn't work - and why
Ideas about promoting your business inexpensively

*Since 2001, White Ash has been creating boutique web designs ~ websites with a bit of panache.  He collaborates with internet and marketing specialists to integrate his clients' essential web presence with their
greater marketing strategies. (White Ash is the webmaster for our own LGBT Therapist Network.)

*Phil Oxman, MS, LP, has been in private practice for over 30 Years. He works with a wide variety of concerns presented in individual, couples, and family therapy.
Marketing efforts: "I have been featured in years past in newspapers and radio for my work with gay men, domestic violence issues, and therapy in general. I have never advertised in any newspaper or magazine but have placed a few ads in programs for musical performances.  I also have a separate listing in the Yellow Pages as well."

Network members will be able to share their marketing experiences and ask questions. There will be extra opportunities for networking and advertising our members' psychotherapy businesses. Bring your brochures, business cards, and flyers!
Some snacks provided. Bring your bag lunch.
CEU certificate available. 
Price:  $ 20.00 nonmembers
$ 15.00 members
$ 10.00 students & retirees
PLEASE RSVP if you are coming to Dennis Christian <support@dennischristian.com >

II. MN.LGBT Therapist Network Table at PRIDE 2009!
Thank you to the Network members who have already responded to volunteer to staff our table at The Twin Cities Pride Festival. We are planning a fun table that will distribute info about The Network & our 100+ members. We need more help: set-up, 2 hour shifts, take-down. TC Pride Week-end is June 27 & 28.

The tent and table will be set up and taken down by Pride's contractor.  Volunteer opportunities abound:
    1)  Sign up to staff the tent/table for two hours on either or both days.   To schedule, contact Irene Greene:  irenegreene@earthlink.net
    2)  INCENTIVE FOR YOU!! Contribute $20.00 to this effort and you may leave a stack of your business cards or brochures at the table to be passed out with our generic MN.LGBT Therapists' Network card.  This is a one-time offer.
    3)  Join the Pride Table Creative Team to come up with fun ideas for the booth. The next meeting will be in May.  Contact Dennis Christian for more information: support@dennischristian.com
Members are encouraged to participate in this first-time effort in whatever way they can.

III. LGBTQ Mental Health Issues first ever MIDWEST Conference at UM: March 26, 2010!

~~~~~Be on the cutting edge! Volunteer now!~~~~~
 The one-day conference, which will be held at the UM in Spring 2010, will be open to all mental health professionals and students in the mental health fields. We are in the early planning stages. We need your help! (See Steering Committee Update below.)

MN.LGBT Therapists' Network is in collaboration with the GLBTA Programs Office at the University of Minnesota to co-host an all-day midwest conference on LGBTQ mental health issues. IT's THE FIRST OF ITS KIND! Planning has begun and your participation will help guarantee a successful conference.

Conference Date: Friday, March 26, 2010
Title: "Beyond the Boxes: Emerging Trends in LGBTQ Mental Health"
Location: Coffman Union, UM

"The Network" Steering Committee Update:

JOIN THE STEERING COMMITTEE or the PRIDE Table sub-committee or 2010 Conference sub-committee!

All members are welcome to join the steering committee or Conference Planning sub-committees or come to meetings!  We need help and ideas!

Welcome to our new committee members: Bonnie Berg & Owen Konecnik!

Next Meeting:

DATE: Friday, May 1, 2009
TIME: 12:30-2:30pm (bring your bag lunch)
PLACE: The Semple Mansion: Office of Irene Greene, Suite 203, 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55404
Located across from the Plymouth Congregational Church. Ample free parking in front of the building and in the Plymouth Congregational Church lot across the street (across LaSalle Avenue). All members welcome!

Steering Committee Agenda (first 1/2 hour: The Network steering committee business mtg; second part: Conference Planning Committee Mtg):
12:30-1:00: The Network Business Meeting
1-2:30: Planning Meeting for 2010 LGBTQ Mental Health Issues Conference:
(coordinated by the MN.LGBT Therapist Network and the University of MNGLBTA Programs Office, w/the help of other UM & other metro LGBTA agencies)
Participate in one or all of four ways:

1. General Conference Planning Committee, Co-Chair, Irene Greene (irenegreene@earthlink.net ) (with Anne Phibbs, UM GLBTA Programs Office)
2. Program Committee, Chair, Bonnie Burg (bburglcsw@aol.com ) (The first meeting of the Program Committee is Friday, 4/24, 3:30-5pm at 91 Snelling, St. Paul, Bonnie's office. FYI: 651.647.4412.)
3. Community Liaison Committee, Chair, Owen Konecnik (owen@counselorminneapolis.com )
4. Publicity Committee, Chair Dennis Christian (support@dennischristian.com )

Sign Up.  Be Involved.  Spread the Word. Think about a workshop proposal.


Contact Irene @ irenegreene@earthlink.net or 612.874.6442 if you would like information about any of these above activities and/or to help.

We welcome more help on the Network Steering Committee:  Dennis Christian, Mindy Benowitz, Phil Oxman, Owen Konecnik, Bonnie Berg, & Irene Greene.

Check out our website:www.LGBTtherapists.org  
Find your information and check out other therapists' information.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops:

(1) Free Training with the National Runaway Switchboard:

When: April 14, 2009 1:00 - 2:30
Where: Family and Children's Service
4123 E Lake Street, Minneapolis MN. 
Lake Street Community Room
Light Refreshments will be served
Bridges to the Future: Runaway Prevention Teaches Life Skills
The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is proud to present a practical strategy to empower youth to build social, emotional, and life skills through the easy-to-use Let's Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum (RPC).  During an extensive development process, including focus groups with youth and adults, it was found that few comprehensive runaway prevention programs exist.  Thus, Let's Talk is a one-of-a-kind resource for youth service providers.
Participants will:
*learn about the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) services
*learn about NRS runaway caller statistics
*learn about the free educational/prevention material,  Let's Talk
*learn about the structure and use of the curriculum for groups and classrooms
*experience curriculum an activity from the curriculum

(2) Staying Violence Free in the Face of Financial Stress:
Registration required: Workshop is FREE
 When: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
 8:30 am - 10:00 am
 Where: Tubman Family Alliance
 3111 First Avenue South
 Minneapolis, MN 55408

Find out about: 
Helping resources
How to promote healthy stress management
What domestic violence programs are seeing in this time of increased financial stress
Connections between finances, shame, and violence
Who: Presenters: 
Carol Arthur, Domestic Abuse Project
Rosemary Heins, Family Resource Management, U of M Extension
Sam Simmons or James Martin, 100 Men Take a Stand, Family & Children's Service

Cost: FREE, but you need to register!
 To register, contact:
 Rebecca Anderson at randerson@everyfamilymatters.org   by Tuesday, April 21, 2009
 For further information, contact:
 Jeannette Raymond jraymond@everyfamilymatters.org (612)728-2093
Tubman Family Alliance, Prevent Child Abuse MN, Domestic Abuse Project, Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, University of Minnesota Extension, Family & Children's Service          
(3) Yoga Classes:
Yoga to Unwind and Destress:

Longfellow Park Building, Minneapolis
 7:15pm-8:15pm Wednesdays, 04/15/2009-05/06/2009 and 7:15pm-8:15pm Wednesdays, 05/13/2009-06/03/2009

Baby & Me Yoga at Longfellow 9:15am-10:00am Mondays, 04/27/2009-05/18/2009

For class descriptions and registration, go to <http://www.minneapolisparks.org >. At the top center you'll see a heading for "Recreation Centers." Scroll down and select "Longfellow."  On the next page, you'll see a heading at the top left that says "Current Activities." If you click here, you'll get several pages of Longfellow's spring activities.  The Baby & Me class is the first one listed, and the adult class is several pages later.

(4) Supporting Those Who WIsh to End their Lives:
Event: Final Exit Network President Jerry Dincin Presentation:
       "The Final Exit Network provides counseling and instruction to those who wish to end their lives."
Host: Minnesota Atheists
Start Time: Sunday, April 19 at 1:00pm
End Time: Sunday, April 19 at 4:00pm
Where: Ridgedale Public Library

(5) Women's Sexuality Workshops:
Embrace your sexuality as a source of
deep joy, emotional healing, and spiritual growth.

Diana Soline, Women's Temple
<diana@womenstemple.com >

Upcoming Events:
(1) Women's Nurturing Circle   Wed, April 15th 
Doors open at 6:30pm
Facilitated Circle from 7-9pm
 Location: Minnetonka
(You need to RSVP to get the exact address.)
 Suggested donation $10-$25
Where: Women's Temple: A Sanctuary for Body and Spirit
 Join your sisters for circle sharing, small group support, foot bath, and exchange of hand and foot massage.

(2) For Women: Moving Sexual Energy
Part 1 Apr 29th
Part 2 May 27
Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm Minnetonka, MN
Lots of people talk about sexual energy, but what is it? How do you work with it and learn how to channel it? Learn a set of simple but powerful practices to move energy through your body. Whether you are using it to feel more present and aware during a busy day or to achieve a full body orgasm while making love, the ability to circulate your sexual energy will benefit your health, mood and productivity throughout the day.
 Lecture, breath, awareness and movement exercises.
 Sliding scale:
$20-$45 per eve

(3) For Women: Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality
Lecture, discussion, questions and answers.
Saturday, May 16th 3pm-5pm
 Sacred Paths Center 
777 Raymond Ave. Saint Paul MN 55114
 Rarely do we see the words "Sexuality" and "Spirituality" in the same sentence. However, deep empowerment comes from fully integrating the two. You are invited to listen and participate in a discussion on the importance in every day life of integrating your spiritual and sexual selves.
Suggested Donation $5-$15
(50% of proceeds will go to "One Million Empowered Russian Women" Project Fund)

(6) LGBTQA Couples' Workshop:
"Shakin' Up Your Relationship Mojo: Improving Your Communication and Getting Your Mutual Needs Met"
This fun and nonjudgmental workshop for LGBTQA couples explores celebrating your strengths, honoring differences, identifying communication ruts, learning strategies to share your needs & to listen to each other better, managing conflict, and increasing affection and sex. 
Sat., May 16, 9-430pm. $250/couple; payment plan negotiable.
Irene Greene, Psychotherapist & Mediator
The workshop will fill quickly.
For flyer:  irenegreene@earthlink.net
100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55404

(7) The Sexual Health Institute presents
Sexual Compulsivity Educational Workshop for Clients: 
(This is a new group.)
Starts: Wednesday, May 6, 2009
6 weeks through Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Time: 6pm to 8 pm

A discussion group for understanding sexual compulsivity and treatment approaches.  This workshop is for individuals who have questions about sexual addiction/compulsivity, or avoidance of sexual behavior (sexual anorexia). The format will be a discussion format based on the following topics. 
The workshop contents will be:
    Week 1: Acting out cycle/Safety Plans
    Week 2: Sex Timeline/Behavioral Analysis
    Week 3: Understanding your Timeline
    Week 4: Co-factors of Sexual Compulsivity
    Week 5: Prevention Planning
    Week 6: Creating a Personal Definition of Sexual Health.

Group size is limited to 8 individuals. Register early.  Space is limited.
Cost is $170 for the entire 6 week series and includes the cost of materials, paid at the first session.
For More Information,
Contact Dr. Weston Edwards, PHD, LP at 612 987 4482


(1) Bisexuality Conference: (THIS WEEKEND)
BECAUSE (Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience) is the premier weekend event in the Midwest for bisexuals, queers, trans, bi-curious, questioning, and all others, regardless of identity. Our theme this year is IMAGES -- taking a look at Images in Media and Art of Gender Expression and Sexuality. 2009 will mark the 15th BECAUSE Conference.
Robyn Ochs is keynoting on Friday night. Erika Kate McDonald (Fluid), performance artist, will be featured on April 18th.
Register today and become part of history! Everyone is welcome! www.becauseconference.org

(2) Trans Community Health & Wellness Conference:
Fri, May 15 - Sat, May 16, 2009 (THIS WEEK!!!)
Metropolitan State University
The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition presents its 3rd annual health and wellness conference for trans and gender variant people, partners, friends, family, medical providers, allies and community. Friday will be "Provider's Day" with sessions on trans health for health practitioners, educators, and students. Saturday will be "Community Day" for trans people, partners, family, and allies to explore health and wellness. Keynotes will be MJ Gilbert (Co-Chair of the U of M Transgender Commission), Earline Budd and Ignacio Rivera. Volunteers, sponsors and planners needed! www.mntranshealth.org/

(3) Sexy Spring VI Conference:
WHEN: June 5-7, 2009
WHERE: Minneapolis, Minnesota
WHAT: Workshops/skillshares focused on exploring the ways our gender, bodies, health, sexuality, choices, communication, relationships, and sex affect our lives and communities.  A variety of exploration methods are used, including workshops/skillshares, discussions, networking, demonstrations, art, storytelling, performance, play, etc..  Sexy Spring is a product of the people who assist plan, coordinate, and host as much as the people who attend and participate.  Therefore, Sexy Spring seeks to attract a very diverse collection of perspectives to attend, as well as assist plan, coordinate, and host. The scope of Sexy Spring is very broad and applicable to very diverse audiences: encompassing body, health, values, beliefs, opinions, perspectives, communities, cultures, expression, relationships, activities, practices, and accessories.
WEBSITE: http://sexyspring.org/
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime via e-mail (lhhegland@precisainc.com ) or telephone (612.378.7028).
Lance H. Hegland, Outreach Consultant

Upcoming Events: 

(1) OutFront Minnesota justFair GLBT Lobby Day:

Thurs, April 23, 2009

Minnesota State Capitol
75 Constitution Ave, St. Paul

Come to the largest GLBT Lobby Day in the country and help persuade lawmakers to consider GLBT-friendly legislation! Join us to rally and hear great speakers, participate in workshops focused on hot topics, show the state how strong the GLBT community is, and meet with your representatives about GLBT rights! Register online   www.outfront.org

(2) April 17, 2009 - The Day of Silence:

The History of the Day of Silence
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.
What is the Day of Silence?
The Day of Silence, a project of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment -- in effect, the silencing -- experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.

Consultation & Referrals Wanted:
(1) Therapist consultation group starting:
Chronic Trauma Disorders Consultation Group:

I am starting a consultation group for clinicians who work with clients with chronic trauma disorders and with Axis II disorders. The first meeting is scheduled at 1:00 PM on 1 May 2009. At that time we will finalize a schedule; we are likely to meet bi-weekly. I price the consultation groups based on my hourly rate and the numbers of participants. Three individuals are currently involved in the group.

For more information, call Charme Davidson at 612.870.0510 or write to me at charmedavidson@earthlink.net .

(2) Therapist Wanted:

Thursday, April 09, 2009
Name: Craig (craigolson@yahoo.com )
Comment: I am looking for a therapist in the Minneapolis area to address sleep issues and job / career stress.

(3) Therapists for Research Study Wanted:
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009
Subject: Research regarding mental health professionals who work with women who have experienced domestic violence in their same-sex relationships

Dear Mental Health Professional,

My name is Macarena Corral, and I am a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Argosy University in the Twin Cities and a therapist at the Domestic Abuse Project. I am currently working on a clinical research project. This project examines the experiences of mental health professionals who have expertise in providing therapy to women who have experienced domestic violence in their same-sex relationships. By gaining a greater understanding of the experiences of the therapists, I hope that this study will expand our understanding of the ways in which mental health professionals may better help lesbian victims of domestic violence.

Participation in this study will consist of one interview that will last no more than 90 minutes, as well as one brief follow-up interview that will take place approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the initial interview. The purpose of this follow-up interview is to review the results of the study. Participants in this study will be mental health professionals who are currently treating lesbian victims of domestic violence in individual therapy. Since identifying these specific providers will be difficult, I hope to find participants by asking faculty and practicing mental health professionals in the community to nominate possible participants for this study. If you know of a mental health professional that has worked with lesbian victims of domestic violence and to whom you would feel comfortable referring clients, or if you would like to participate in this study, please contact me at (612) 242-9269 or email me at macarenacorral@gmail.com .

If you have any questions regarding the safety of this study, you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair, Saundra Foderick, at (651) 846-3520 or by email at sfoderick@argosy.edu . My study will be conducted under supervision of my clinical research project chair, Dr. Ashley Sovereign. You may contact her at asovereign@argosy.edu . Thank you for taking the time to help me with my research study.

Macarena Corral, M.A.
(4) Practicum Wanted:
Name: Teri Blauer
Comment: I am looking for a GLBT-friendly practicum opportunity for next fall. I am a MA student at the University of St Thomas School of Counseling, Marriage and family track. I am looking for a challenging practicum working with a variety of clients. 
 If anyone has an opening, and would allow me to apply, I would love for them to contact me:
 Teri Blauer

LGBT News Bits:

(1) This April on IN THE LIFE:  "Revising Gender":

<http://www.inthelifetv.org/ >
 Documentary stories from the gay experience
 This Month, IN THE LIFE examines the controversy raging over the inclusion of Gender Identity Disorder in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

"Looking Back, Pushing Forward"
 The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) - the "bible" of mental illness - is currently being reviewed in preparation for its fifth release. Among its nearly 300 entries is Gender Identity Disorder (GID), a diagnosis applied to every transgender person who enters the healthcare system. IN THE LIFE looks at the battles being waged within the psychiatric and transgender communities over whether to reform or eliminate GID as a diagnosis, and the implications for transgender healthcare.

About this eNewsletter:
The MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter is a free networking tool for members of the LGBT Therapist Network. All Network members are welcome to contribute to this grass-roots bi-weekly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to irenegreene@earthlink.net .

The MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter is sent out every second Tuesday of the month.  All responses to questions, ads, workshops, etc. should be emailed directly back to the contact person in the notice. If you want your name added or deleted from the Network email list, please contact us.  Please note that if you do decide to delete your email, you will no longer receive general Network
communications, such as event announcements. If you want to become a member of this organization please visit:  <http://www.LGBTTherapists.org >
Thank you! Irene Greene, MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter Coordinator 

"...very quickly I discovered that passing didn't just mean slipping below the surface, it meant being buried alive."
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