Volume II, Issue 16
The Network: The MN LGBTQA Therapists eNewsletter
What's Up with The Network?
- Happenings of the Network
- Network Steering Committee Update
- Groups Offered
- Related to Therapists
- Conferences & Workshops
- Upcoming Events
- Participants Wanted
- LGBT News Bits
- 2010 Conference Notes
- Quote of the Day
- NEXT ISSUE: Tuesday, 8/18; Submissions due by: Fri., 8/14.
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Happenings of "THE NETWORK"!
The Network's Next CEU Program: Friday, September 25
Title: Your Gender Identity (Oh yeah, and your clients' too)
As therapists working (or considering working) with transgender clients, we are often focused on the nuances of their gender identities. However, in order to better understand our clients' experiences, it is critical that we get in touch with our own gendered experiences in the world. With this knowledge, we are equipped to more effectively meet our clients where they're at and truly join them on their gendered journeys. Whatever your experience with gender, come to learn and share about this multifaceted and ever-evolving topic.
Presented by: Xavier Schmitz, MSW, LICSW,
Sexual Health Institute, Minneapolis, MN
Date: September 25, 2009, Noon to 2p.m.
Where: The Nancy Baltins Room at Plymouth Congregational Church located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis.
Cost: Non-Members: $20; Members: $15; Students & Seniors: $10
Some snacks provided. Bring your lunch.
Next Network Steering Committee Meeting:
Friday, August 14, 2009 1130-130; Office of Irene Greene, 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 612.874.6442 All members invited. (more info below)
DO YOU WANT A NETWORK T-Shirt or Baseball Cap?
Sport a Network t-shirt! They are savvy, smart-looking, and oh, so fashionable! They have our Network logo; the same neat and colorful design that graces our Network business cards. (Big thanks to Owen!) $5 will get you one. Caps are a bit more. FFI: Contact: Owen Konecnik, 612-558-6094 (email@example.com )
Steering Committee Meeting Friday, August 14:
All members are welcome to join the steering committee or Conference Planning sub-committees or come to meetings! We need help and ideas!
Next Steering Committee Meeting & Conference Planning Meeting:
DATE: Friday, August 14, 2009
PLACE: Office of Irene Greene, Suite 203, 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 firstname.lastname@example.org 612.874.6442
Steering Committee Agenda: (First part: Conference Planning Committee Mtg. The last 1/2 hour: The Network Steering Committee Business mtg):
1130-1pm: UM/Network Conference Committee Planning Meeting with Anne Phibbs, UM GLBT Programs Office.
100-1:30: The Network Business Meeting: Membership Update & Renewal Time Process; Finalize Fall Program.
Contact Irene @ email@example.com 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.
(1) Group Psychotherapy for Couples:
"Working Through Couples' Drug/ Alcohol Issues"
A twelve week, one evening per week group meeting for three to five couples co-facilitated by Barbara Goodman-Fischtrom, LICSW, LMFT, LADC and husband Ed Fischtrom, BA, LADC. The group is intended for couples experiencing conflict, stress, or other difficulties, and who: have one or both members with drug/alcohol addiction, abuse, or related issues; are having difficulty with anger management, personal resentments, or child-rearing or family of origin problems; or who simply seek greater harmony and functionality within the relationship in the aftermath of treatment or significant behavior change. Group goals to include: exploring interpersonal dynamics, looking at emotions, attitudes, "triggers" and rationales; encouraging the emergence of healing positive emotions, such as respect and empathy; finding the "mindful" way to de-escalate, slow reactivity, and adapt realistically to interpersonal challenges; understanding the nature of addiction/abuse related behavior in relationships, while encouraging non-judgmental awareness and having compassion; learning about yourself and your partner through the Group Interpersonal therapeutic approach; finding support and encouragement; know that there is hope through change and awareness.
FFI: Barbara Goodman-Fischtrom 952 288 5335 Goodfisch@aol.com <mailto:Goodfisch@aol.com > or, Ed Fischtrom at: 952 210 9421. Most insurance coverage accepted. We are willing to negotiate fees on a sliding scale basis.
Meetings will be held at our office building, located at: 11812 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55305
(2) Support Group in St. Cloud for LGBTQA Teens:
OUTside The Lines Support Group is a safe place for LGBTQA teens to explore issues important to them and other LGBTQA teens. Join other LGBTQA teens in discussions about sexual orientation and growing up. This support group will help LGBTQA teens foster a positive sense of self and reduce isolation.
Ages: 13 to 17
Time: August, 2009
Please visit us at http://www.elementmentalhealth.vpweb.com for updates on support group information. Also available on Element Mental Health Service's website is information about our other services and resources.
Troy R Weber-Brown, MS, LAMFT
227 10th Avenue North
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
(3) Therapy Group for Gay Men 50+:
I am starting a weekly open-ended therapy group for gay men who are 50+ years old. The group will meet on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. I am limiting the group to seven men. Membership will require a one hour meeting with me to determine mutual appropriateness. The group will begin on Saturday, August 8, 2009. The fee is $70 per session and the intake is $150. For people with insurance problems, I'm saving a couple of sliding fee seats.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 612-990-0649. Thank you for your consideration of referrals.
Steve Burns, Ph.D., L.P.
Northland Therapy Center
2324 University Ave. West
Saint Paul, MN 55114
(4) Process Group for Partners & Spouses of Transgender Individuals:
We are offering a new 12-week therapy process group for partners and spouses of transgender individuals. Initial intake appointment needed prior to group participation.
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7 pm
September 15 - December 1, 2009
Medical Arts Building, Suite 1655
825 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Facilitators: Lisa M. Chase, LICSW at 651-278-5370
& Linda H. Reiss, MA, LP at 612-296-6585
(5) A Circle of Women Therapy Group:
The group will gather around issues common to women's lives such as relationships, identity, self-esteem, work and family.
2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month: 830-1030am.
Starts in the fall.
Location: Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center, Lakeville.
Facilitated by: Kris Loestner, LICSW & Jennifer Pearson, LMFT
Cost: $75/group. Some insurance reimbursement
FFI: Kris or Jenny at 612.798.7373 ext. 12 or ext. 15
(6) Transgender Therapeutic Support Group:
Announcing a new therapeutic support group for adults identifying as or questioning identities on the transgender spectrum.
Sexual Health Institute
1409 Willow St. Ste. 400
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Facilitator: Xavier Schmitz, MSW, LICSW
Fee: $30 per group
(Free screening interview and 5 session commitment required.)
To Register: Contact Xavier Schmitz, MSW, LICSW
Related to Therapists:
(Referral requests come to us through our web site. Any member may respond.)
Doctor Referral Request:
Do you know of any gay male dermatologists and medical doctors in the MSP area? Thank you
Looking for a gay therapist who works with DID:
I am looking for a therapist who is gay and who works with DID (or is willing to learn about DID); for a client who I am seeing as the adjunct therapist.
Thanks, Irene Greene, 612.874.6442 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gay Men Recovering/Relapsing from Meth Addiction:
Although I am an "ally" I see only LGBT clients in my private practice in Edina. I would have to say that a niche at the moment is working with gay men recovering/relapsing from meth addiction. Since traditional 12-step approaches are often ineffective, I have used Harm Reduction and Humanistic-Existential theories as an alternative. This addiction is complicated by its strong affiliation with sexual compulsivity and there is no one and/or simple approach. If anyone has clients that fit this category, I would be happy to see them or consult with the current therapist.
Kathy Vader, M.A., M.A., L.P.
6950 France Ave South #14
Edina, MN 55435
Website - www.kathyvader.com
GLBT Teen Support Group Info Wanted:
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Name: Jaime Monson, (email@example.com )
Hello, I am a therapist working with a client in the northwest metro area (she lives in Maple Grove, but goes to school in Brooklyn Park/Center area) who is actively searching for a GLBT support group. She is 17 years old and is mature. She has recently felt comfortable enough to disclose to me that she is a lesbian and is looking for friends and support. She is proud of herself for taking this step, which is fantastic!! Anyway, if you are aware of anything that I could point her to, that would be fantastic. Thanks so much for your help!
Conferences & Workshops:
(1) Sexual Healing From Sexual Abuse:
A psycho-educational Workshop for Heterosexual, Bisexual and Gay and Lesbian Couples. For couples where one or both partners are survivors of sexual abuse.
Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 2009 from 6:30-9:00 PM.
For further information contact Ruth Markowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com > or 651-222-5457
or Jeff Brown at jeffbrownmnpsychologist.com <mailto:jeffbrownmnpsychologist.com > .
(1) EMDR- Basic Training:
(the complete course)
-EMDR Training Program
October 5-6, 2009 (9am-5pm)
November 2-5, 2009 (9am-5pm)
December 4, 2009 (9am-5pm)
January 8, 2010 (1pm-5pm)
-52 Contact Hours. 49 CEs - 4 grad. credits
-Trainers: Leslie Levine Adler, Ph.D., L.P. and
Annie J. Monaco, LCSW-R
-Limited to 12 participants
For therapists working with all ages - adults and kids.
Register at: http://www.trauma.info/tremdr.html1 )
(3) EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program* (HAP):
Training Hosted by: Minnesota Community-Based Trauma Recovery Network
WHAT: Level 1 EMDR Training DATE: October 23-25, 2009
LOCATION: Indian Health Board 1315 East 24th St., Mpls., MN. 55404
FOR: Any mental health clinician with a master's degree or above, licensed or on track to become licensed (with permission from their clinical supervisor); Who works at least 30 hours a week at a community based non-profit setting that serves under-served or uninsured populations.
Trainer: Ana Gomez, MC, LPC from Az., Author of "Dark Bad Day, Go Away" Price: $350 for Level 1 training and $350 for Level 2 training (to be held in Feb 2010). This includes 10 hours of consultation. Extra consultation hours will be offered by local Certified EMDR Consultants and Consultants in Training who are volunteering their time. If needed due to special circumstances, payment can be arranged ($100 down and 6 months to complete the payments). (Regular charges for EMDR training are $1,700 plus 10 hours of consultation payable by the trainee).
To Register: www.emdrhap.org <http://www.emdrhap.org/ > (click on Training Schedule and go to MNHAP, Part 1), For special financing arrangements call Hope at HAP 1(203)288-4450 (CEU Application has been made to Psychology & Social Work Boards. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance with CEU's noted. QUESTIONS: Contact Sue Evans, MA, LP @(612)870-7673 firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com > or (or) Elaine Wynne, MA, LP @ (763) 546-1662 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com >
(4) The Rage of the Predator "The Power of Instincts"
A Workshop On Helping Women To Detach From And Avoid Predatory Relationships August 21, 2009
Ramada Grand Rios Hotel & Waterpark,
6900 Lakeland Drive, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
$85.00 per person
Featuring: Kathryn Alice, RScP and Linda J. Etim, MSW, LICSW
(events for us & our clients)
A few of the Queer Shows in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival
Now through Aug 9:
Venue: Minneapolis Theatre Garage
For ages: 13+
Created by: Anders Nerheim-Dylan Frederick
Web site: boyscoutbite.wordpress.com
Secrets, Sexuality, and the Pinewood Derby. Deep within the darkness of the Chessapeake Hills, a troop's misadventure to scatter the ashes of a fellow scout takes a dangerous turn for the worst when they become entangled with "Thin Mint dealers".
The Gayer Show
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre
For ages: 16+
Created by: LES KURKENDAAL AND DAN BERNITT
From: Los Angeles /New York
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LES-KURKENDAAL/38991573192
Coming out is never easy. Come join Les and Dan in the journey that all gay men have to take: the path to acceptance of being gay. You will laugh, you will cry and, in the end, you will love this show.
Phi Alpha Gamma
Venue: Mixed Blood Theatre
For ages: 16+
Created by: Dan Bernitt
From: New York, NY
Web site: http://www.danbernitt.com
Two years after a gay-bashing scarred the fraternity's reputation, how will the group react when a brother comes out of the closet? Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. A 2008 St. Paul Pioneer Press must-see.
Structured like a Greek tragedy, Dan Bernitt weaves together the voices of four fraternity brothers as they grapple with the shattered fragments of a gaybashing and their own homophobia. In this haunting portrait of panic, Phi Alpha Gamma focuses a compassionate eye on the complicated threads of brotherhood embedded in Americana.
Out in the Stands Twins Game, Aug 15:
Saturday, August 15
Pre-game Picnic: Noon-2:30 PM
aloft Hotel courtyard
900 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis
Game: 2:50 PM
Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
Metrodome - 34 Kirby Puckett Place
Event tickets are only $25 and include a pre-game picnic, complimentary gift bag and ticket to the Twins vs Cleveland Indians game.
Contact: Lavender Magazine.
NATIONAL MARCH FOR LGBT EQUALITY
WASHINGTON, D.C. & MINNEAPOLIS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
On Sunday, October 11, 2009 hundreds of thousands of supporters of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people will march on Washington, D.C. with one simple demand for the White House and Congress: EQUAL RIGHTS NOW.
Minnesota activists are organizing to spread the word about the march and send buses to D.C. Join this group to stay informed about the October 11th demonstration and find out how you can get involved.
We will also be organizing a local solidarity demonstration, so even if you can't make it to D.C., please join us!
For more info visit: www.nationalequalitymarch.com
WHY WE'RE MARCHING ON OCTOBER 11TH:
While President Obama made numerous promises on gay rights during his campaign, he has yet to act on most of them. We can't wait for rights to be handed to us. Like every civil rights movement in the past, it's OUR job to put pressure on the politicians to end all discriminatory laws.
Our One Single Demand:
Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. We will accept no less and will work until it is achieved. Equality Across America exists to support grassroots organizing in all 435 Congressional Districts to achieve full equality.
Equal Protection encompasses many issues, including:
* Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) so that every marriage in every state has the same federal rights.
* Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell so that LGBT persons may serve in the military openly and with the same rights as their straight counterparts.
* An end to workplace discrimination for everyone with an Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that protects everyone.
* The right to adopt children and raise families like any other parents.
* Hate Crimes legislation that includes LGBT people and protects us like any other targeted group.
* Immigration reform that recognizes same-sex couples and ends the needless separation of families.
From The MN Rainbow Health Initiative:
(1) The Rainbow Health Initiative is conducting exploratory research through a series of focus groups.
We are trying to listen to the experiences of people who:
*Identify as LGBTQ
*Are 18- 24 years old
*Have experienced pregnancy while age 15-23
We are able to compensate participants for their time. Dinner will be served and all information is kept confidential. Groups will be scheduled based on participant availability and will take place in several areas around Minnesota.
for more information please contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-499-7744.
(2) Subject: LGBT Health Assessment Survey
Please go to the link below to take our MN LGBTQ health assessment survey.
It only takes a few minutes! The information that is collected helps us to better serve our communities! Please FWD This to every LGBTQ Minnesotan you know!!!!
LGBT News Bits:
New Film: "Diagnosing Difference"
Transgender Issues and the DSM:
Please contact if you're interested - Sarah Deragon - email@example.com
Website: www.diagnosingdifference.com <http://www.diagnosingdifference.com >
Synopsis: How does it feel to have your gender identity included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? Diagnosing Difference is a full-length length documentary featuring interviews with 13 diverse scholars, activists, and artists who identify on the trans spectrum (transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and gender variant) about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity
Disorder (GID) on their lives and communities.
Historically, non-trans medical and mental health care professionals have positioned themselves as the "experts" on transgender experience, creating standards, guidelines, and diagnoses that inform legal policies and mediate every aspect of life.
Diagnosing Difference shifts the focus to explore the many complexities of the diagnosis from the perspectives of those it affects most directly and personally, including access to medical care, legal ramifications, social stigma, implications for
psychotherapeutic care, treatment trauma, and differences in experience based on factors like race, class, gender orientation, and generation.
Diagnosing Difference humanizes the debate around the GID diagnosis by valuing personal experience as a vital (and often ignored) form of expertise. Rather than trying to create an exhaustive examination of the diagnosis or offer claims of universal representation, Diagnosing Difference is purposefully personal, seeking to expand the experience of the audience, provoke thought, and create as many questions as it answers.
Using the diagnosis as a departure point, the participants debunk myths and misconceptions about transgender identities, challenge stereotypical gender expectations, and offer educative insight into the terms and language used to describe transgender lives. This groundbreaking film is the first to explore the impact of the GID diagnosis on people who identify on the trans spectrum in their own
words and images.
Diagnosing Difference is accessible to a broad audience, including graduate training programs in psychology and medicine, and represents a significant contribution to the emerging field of trans-affirmative health care.
Filmmaker Annalise Ophelian is a queer San Francisco-based clinical psychologist, trans ally, and human sexuality educator.
"The Network" & UM's GLBTA Program's Office
Call for Workshop Proposals!!!
Please Distribute & Post and Cut and Paste...Send to your colleagues (queer and straight)...from near and far. We have already received proposal inquiries from three other states!
"Beyond the Boxes: Emerging Trends in LGBTQ Mental Health: A Regional Conference on Mental Health Topics as They Relate to the LGBTQ Communities"
Friday, March 26, 2010
The Minnesota LGBT Therapists' Network &
The GLBTA Programs Office of the University of Minnesota
Held at the University of MN - Coffman Memorial Union
The proposal deadline is October 15, 2009. Proposals available online. See info below.
This cutting edge conference will offer over 40 workshops that will
explore changing paradigms in research and clinical practice as they
relate to our understandings of diverse sexual and gender identities, as well as to issues of race, class, ability and sexual practices. This one day conference is committed to challenging stereotypes and bias, providing current mental health information, expanding perspectives, and engaging participants in the areas of clinical work, research and community involvement. This conference will be of particular interest to mental health professionals, health care practitioners, researchers in the health sciences, educators, and students in these fields and is open to any and all interested lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer and allied individuals. CEUs in these fields will be available.
Katherine "Kit" Rachlin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in New York and a certified sex therapist. She is an experienced clinician as well as an energetic advocate for transgender people, their families and partners. Kit has served on the board of directors of organizations such as FTM-International and The Harry Benjamin Association/World Professional Association for Transgender Health. A member of the American Psychological Association's Taskforce on Gender Identity, she is the author of many published papers and book chapters on transgender health and well being.
Download a Workshop Proposal (PDF) at either website:
MN LGBT Therapist Network at www.lgbttherapists.org
University of MN GLBTA Programs Office at www.glbta.umn.edu
Or contact Bonnie Burg, Conference Program Committee Chair & she will send you one: 651.647.4412
For General Conference Information:
(1) Conference Co-Chair - MN.LGBT Therapist Network:
Irene Greene, 612.874.6442 firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) Conference Co-Chair - University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office:
Anne Phibbs, Director, 612.625.8519 email@example.com
2010 Conference Notes:
(1) Do you have a LGBTQ mental health topic that is on the edge or of interest to our peers and allies? Wanta talk about it?
Present at the LGBTQ Mental Health Issues MIDWEST Conference at UM! Friday, March 26, 2010!
PROPOSAL FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Do you want to present a workshop or facilitate a panel at the Conference or know someone in the country or world who would? Workshop Proposal Applications are NOW available for download at our website:
Proposal due date is October 15, 2009
(2) Help us publicize the conference through your website.
If you have a website, would you be willing to post information about our 2010 Conference and put a link to the Network for more information? We will supply you with the content. PLEASE contact Dennis Christian, Conference Publicity Chair at <firstname.lastname@example.org > Starting mid-June, we WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICIZE THE REQUEST FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS .
(3) Serve on A Committee:
Network Members may participate in the Conference Planning in the following ways:
1. General Conference Planning Committee, Co-Chairs: Irene Greene (email@example.com ) & Anne Phibbs, UM GLBTA Programs Office)
2. Program Committee, Chair, Bonnie Burg (firstname.lastname@example.org ) (The next formal meeting of the Program Committee is Friday, 9/10, 10:30-11:30am at 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis)
3. Community Liaison Committee, Chair, Owen Konecnik (email@example.com )
4. Publicity Committee, Chair Dennis Christian (firstname.lastname@example.org )
5. Resource Fair Committee, Co-Chairs Mindy Benowitz, (email@example.com ) & Owen Konecnik, (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Sign Up. Be Involved. Spread the Word. Think about doing a workshop proposal. WE WILL HAVE MORE COMMITTEES & DO NEED MORE HELP!
WATCH FOR MORE INFORMATION.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use."
~ Ruth Gordon
Welcome to the MN LGBTQA Therapists eNewsletter of "The Network." The Network is a MN based grass-roots group of queer & allied mental health therapists, students in mental health related fields, and community mental-health related agencies. Our group shares information and resources that impact our varied work in the mental health fields and that is unique to the particular needs of the LGBTQ communities we live in and serve. We welcome submissions to this eNewsletter that are pertinent to mental health and LGBTQ issues ! All Network members are welcome to contribute to this bi-weekly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to email@example.com .
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