Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network


Volume II, Issue 11

The Network: 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.

About This eNewsletter

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.

Thank you! Irene Greene, Minnesota's LGBT Therapists eNewsletter Coordinator

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"The Network" is bursting!

  • LGBT Therapist Network Events & Projects 
  • Network Steering Committee: Upcoming Meetings - Get involved!
  • Therapist Wanted
  • Conferences & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events
  • 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 free publicity here! Submissions due by: Fri., 5/22.

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 5/26.
This eNewsletter reaches over 115 psychotherapists and organizations, and is growing every week!  Become a member! www.LGBTtherapists.org

Happenings of "THE NETWORK"!

I. Thanks for a successful Spring workshop:

Our Topic was: "No Time to Be Shy: Selling Yourself in Today's Market"  Thank you to Network member Phil Oxman, LP, and our panelists: marketing folks Chris Roberts and White Ash. It was a very informative session with a healthy member exchange of ideas and tools. Thanks to all who attended, too! 

II.  The MN.LGBT Therapist Network Booth at PRIDE 2009!
Thank you to all of the Network members who have  responded to staff our booth at The Twin Cities Pride Festival. We do have enough help during PRIDE! We are planning a fun table that will distribute info about The Network & our 115+ members. TC Pride Week-end is June 27 & 28. Look for our table at PRIDE!
(1) We still need a couple more people to participate on the PRIDE Booth Creative Team (which will design the Booth). If you want to help, please CONTACT Dennis Christian <support@dennischristian.com >

(2) A few spots remaining: INCENTIVE FOR MEMBERS!! Contribute $20.00 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.  We have had a lot of interest in this offer - which we created to help offset the cost of having the PRIDE Booth. We still have some room on the Table. If you have signed up but have not yet paid your $20 please do so soon, as spots are now limited. Pay on our website through PAYPAL or mail a check to the address on the website.

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

 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. If you want to help, we still have some slots available on the committees. Contact irenegreene@earthlink.net

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
Three Tracks: clinical, research, community (The Request for Proposals will be released within two weeks.)

"The Network"
Steering Committee Update:

JOIN THE STEERING COMMITTEE or the PRIDE Table sub-committee or 2010 Conference sub-committee-a few more spaces available!

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

Next Meeting:

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2009
TIME: 11-1pm (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):
11-1130: The Network Business Meeting
11:30-1:00: 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-Chairs, Irene Greene (
irenegreene@earthlink.net ) & Anne Phibbs, UM GLBTA Programs Office)
2. Program Committee, Chair, Bonnie Burg (
bburglcsw@aol.com ) (The next meeting of the Program Committee is Friday, 5/15, 8:30-10am 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.

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.

Help us publicize the conference.
If you do, would you be willing to post information about our 2010 Conference on your website and put a link to the Network for more information? We will supply you with the content. PLEASE contact Dennis Christian <support@dennischristian.com >


(1) Authentic Movement:
Embodying the Imagination Authentic Movement is a simple yet profound practice of exploration and awareness connecting us with our inner sources of creativity. With eyes closed, following our attention and curiosity, it is a journey of embodying the imagination through movement and stillness. There is no pressure to 'perform' in a particular way in this self-directed process. Authentic Movement is appropriate for all ages and physical ability, no prior dance or movement experience is needed.
Please wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in.
Thursdays 7 pm - 9 pm: June 18 & 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30

Location: The Beautiful Studio - 2242 University Avenue, Studio 214, Saint Paul
              (1 block west of Vandalia, enter on Hampden St)

Register: Mail check with name, address, e-mail and phone number to: AM Class; 4632 York Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 Cost: $150.00 (some scholarships available) Please pre-register: Class size will be limited! FFI: 612-925-5277; loebx001@u <mailto:loebx001@umn.edu > mn.edu <mailto:loebx001@umn.edu >  Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, MA, MFA, LAMFT, ADTR, CMA, PW Assoc., has worked with movement, creative expression, healing and ritual for over 35 years. She is a licensed associate Marriage and Family Therapist, registered Senior-level Dance/ Movement Therapist /psychotherapist, Laban Movement Analyst, and Body/Somatics Therapist. Her deepest passion and curiosity is discovering how creative expression, embodiment and awareness can lead to growth and transformation.

(2) PRIDE Institute Announces Kindred Program: 
 The Kindred Program uses individual, family, and multi-family sessions to discuss treatment and recovery for the entire family. Offered two weekends per month, this program promises to provide more support for clients and for families prior to a client leaving the residential or outpatient program. At this time Kindred is limited to only invited family members of clients in one of PRIDE Institute's programs. For more information, contact Nicky Simon-Burton at 952-934-7554.

Therapist Wanted:
  (FYI: requests for therapists are open to any Network member. They come to us via email from our website. Any Network member who wants to respond to a request is welcome to do so. it is a perk of your membership.)

Therapist wanted
Monday, May 11, 2009
Name: Wendy
Comment: Looking for counseling services -
group counseling is fine.  I am dealing with grief,
depression, financial issues... thank you.
Wendy Thoren
612 408 8943  (womaninattic@gmail.com )
ps - I do have health insurance ... BCBS w/State of MN

 Conferences & Workshops:

Trauma & FIrst-Aid Training: Basic Level One: Bridging Physiology and Psychology

Sat., June 6, 2009-9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (one hour lunch on your own)
Sun., June 7, 2009-9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (one hour lunch on your own)
$335 ($315 if received by May 15, 2009)
50% discount first responders/students/military
20% organizational discount for 3 or more registrants

14 hours
Approved for LISW, RN, EMT, LMFT, LPCC, DOM, and DC (5-State area)

Phone: (952) 885-5446 or (800) 888-4777 x446 - with your credit card
Fax: (952) 881-3028 - with your credit card
Mail check: Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2501 W 84th St, Bloomington, MN 55431

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: 
Bisexual Organizing Retreat:
The Bisexual Organizing Project is planning a one-day bi community organizing retreat and we would love for you to join us.  Got an idea?  Got a need?  Want to get involved?  Already involved?  We want YOU!
Date:  Sunday, May 31
Time:  10am-5pm
Location:  To Be Announced - Minneapolis area
I specifically invite organizations offering bisexual resources or programming and organizations that would like to get involved and offer more to the bisexual community than they currently do.  A couple of our goals are to link resources with needs and create resources where there are unmet needs.
I welcome financial contributions from individuals or groups to support us for lunch and refreshments during this event, to help make it as accessible as possible for all who are interested in attending.  Please contact me at buzytek@yahoo.com with questions, to RSVP, or to offer assistance in coordinating. 

We look forward to meeting with you!
Thank you,
 Teri Kline
BOP Chair
Please share this email widely and invite not only bisexuals, but also allies and organizations to join us!

LGBT News Bits:



In May, 2009, Jill Hardman and Chloe Michelle Noble are walking across the United States to raise awareness for the LGBTQ homeless youth epidemic in America. They will set out on foot from Seattle, Washington traveling first to San Francisco. They will continue to travel east across the country, to Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York, and then Washington D.C. From there they will continue souththwest to New Orleans and end their long journey in Austin, Texas.  Their goal is to cover 6000 miles, (over 3000 of it on foot). Their journey will be primarily homeless, which will give them a unique opportunity to document (film) homeless youth all over the United States.

Everyone who is interested can "virtually walk with them" by following their website - which will be loaded with videos, photos, and posts collected on their journey.  Others can support Homeless Youth Pride Walk 2009 by simply sharing their link on many popular networking channels. Also, supporters can get current updates by becoming followers of their blog - which includes interactive media tools, such as Google Maps, Twitter, YouTube, and Kyte TV. 

Every major city they walk through will be conducting a media event collectively called OPERATION SHINE. Since they are starting their walk in Seattle, the SEATTLE SHINE will be the first. The SAN FRANCISCO SHINE will be the second city-wide media event. And so on, until the NEW YORK SHINE, where participants can walk with them the last leg of the walk to Washington D.C. 

"Almost 40% of homeless youth in America identify as LGBTQ," says Noble, "This diverse group of Queer youth has a profound and powerful voice. We want to support them in their progress and give them a platform to stand on. Studies show that many LGBTQ homeless youth who receive appropriate guidance, support, resources, and encouragement, eventually become successful members of the LGBTQ community. By raising awareness we hope to inspire others to make sure more resources are available to all homeless youth for this reason."

In the future, Noble and Hardman plan on producing public service announcements with LGBTQ youth in the Utah area, using the footage they bring back from their walk. These PSA's are intended to launch a multi-media web site, that Queer youth can use to express themselves and empower others through personal, local, national, and international activism. Noble says about the web site, "It is our intention to unify LGBTQ youth through artistic expression, and to teach them how to become mutual mentors in a process of self-awareness and collective healing."  

Because of the huge outpouring from the community in support of their walk, they are setting up a non-profit called the Noble Echoes Foundation.

Chloe Michelle Noble
(Cell) 801-708-9515
noble.echo@gmail.com <mailto:noble.echo@gmail.com >  <http://www.pridewalk2009.org/
http://www.pridewalk2009.org/ <http://www.pridewalk2009.org/

"Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?"
                         -Edgar Allan Poe

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 


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