Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

Volume II, Issue 18

The Network: The MN LGBTQA Therapists eNewsletter

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What's Up with The Network?

  • Happenings of the Network
  • Featured Member
  • Network Meetings
  • Groups Offered
  • Related to Therapists
  • Conferences & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events
  • Participants Wanted
  • Space for Rent
  • 2010 Conference Notes
  • Quote of the Day
  • NEXT ISSUE: Tuesday, September 15 ; Submissions due by: Fri., 9/11.

New next issue:  Featured Member Category.....Do you want to be a featured member in this eNewsletter? Let us know. Are you doing a group? Or do you work with a particular client population? Doing a workshop? Have info that other LGBTQ therapists might want to know? Advertise your business in this eNewsletter! It is a perk of your paid membership. Send us your stuff.
This eNewsletter now reaches 130(!) LGBTQA psychotherapists and organizations, and is growing every week!  Become a member! FIND YOURSELF ON OUR WEBSITE!

Contact the editor: irenegreene@earthlink.net
CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: www.LGBTtherapists.org
Past eNewsletters are archived on our website.

Happenings of "THE NETWORK"!
Mark your calendars now! We have two great events coming up!

(1) The Network's Next CEU Program: Friday, September 25
Brief meeting & Networking: 12-1230. Speaker: 1230-2pm.

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,
Minneapolis, MN
Date & Time:  September 25, 2009. 12:30 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.

(2) Join us!  Walk With The LGBT Therapists' Network and Support NAMI:
When:  Saturday, September 26, 2009. 1pm.
Where: Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis
What: 5k walk for NAMI

LGBT Therapists is joining with the Rainbow Health Initiative to form the first ever LGBT walk team for NAMIWalks for the Mind of America, NAMI's signature walkathon event. (NAMI is the National Association for Mental Illness.) The team is sponsored by The Rainbow Health Initiative and is the first ever LGBTQ walk team formed in the nation, in the history of the NAMIWalks.  This team was formed to raise awareness about Mental Health in the LGBTQ community and raise awareness in Mental Health Communities regarding LGBTQ persons.

You are invited to walk with this team for no fee. We will wear our own LGBT Therapist Network t-shirts and carry our Network banner. We would like to see a great turnout for this event so let Dennis Christian support@dennischristian.com know if you will participate. If you can't walk with us, you can contribute to our effort by sending a check to Dennis Christian or making a donation to {email address was here}.  Designate NAMI as the recipient.

NAMI is the largest education, support and advocacy organization that serves the needs of all those whose lives are touched by these illnesses.  This includes persons with mental illness, their families, friends, employers,  law enforcement communities and policy makers.  NAMI has 1100 local affiliates, 50 state offices and a national office. NAMIWalks goals are: to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness, to build awareness that our mental health system needs improvement, and to raise funds for NAMI so that they can continue their mission. NAMI is a 501(c)3 charity and any donation you make is tax deductible.  NAMI has been rated by Worth magazine as among the top 100 charities "most likely to save the world" and has been given an "A" rating by The American Institute of Philanthropy for efficient and effective use of charitable dollars.

For more info & to RSVP contact Network member: 
Dennis V Christian   612.940.7033

(3) 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 (see top of this eblast); 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 (owen@counselorminneapolis.com ) T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the 9/25/09 workshop and at the 9/26/09 NAMI walk.

Be a Featured Network Member!!!
We want to know more about our Members!  Don't be shy! Let's have a virtual handshake.

If you would like to be a featured member in our next eNewsletter contact me, Irene Greene at irenegreene@earthlink.net or 612.874.6442  I have some questions for you to answer and you can share info about your counseling services, yourself and what being a Network member means to you.
Let's all get to know each other!! 

"The Network" Meetings:

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

Next Conference Planning Meeting: 
(UM & Network Conference Committee Planning Meeting with Anne Phibbs, UM GLBT Programs Office)
DATE: Friday, September 11, 2009
TIME: noon-130pm
PLACE: Office of Irene Greene, Suite 203, 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404    irenegreene@earthlink.net   612.874.6442 
Program Committee Meeting: Friday, September 11, 2009 - precedes above meeting. same location.
Program Committee, Chair: Bonnie Burg (bburglcsw@aol.com )
1030-Noon: agenda: set criteria and calendar for Workshop proposal review process.

Next Network Steering Committee Meeting:
The next meeting date to be announced. We are currently all caught up.

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 member information and check out other therapists' information.


Groups Offered:
(Group notices list for two consecutive issues.  Review past archived eNewsletters on our website for more groups.)

(1) Coming Out Group for Women Who Identify as Lesbian, Bi-Sexual or as Attracted to Other Women:
14 week psycho-educational support group. Discuss feelings & thoughts about 'coming out' to self and others, sexuality, gender and sexual identity continuum, internalized homophobia and heterosexism, queer culture, and meeting & dating women.
Starting: October, 2009
Meets: Thursday evenings for 75 minutes
Intake appointment required.
Cost:  $55/session. $130/Intake appointment. Sliding scale negotiable.
Facilitator: Irene Greene, Psychotherapist. 25+ years doing individual, couples & group therapy, education and trainings.
Call or email for flyer and more information: 612.874.6442  irenegreene@earthlink.net  
100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55404

(2) Lesbian Survivors of Sexual Abuse Therapy Group:
A new therapy group consisting of women who identify as lesbian and who have survived sexual abuse is starting soon. This is a closed therapy group so you will get to know and trust the other group members. Connie Studer, M.A., LMFT, is skilled at trauma resolution and will help members work through past trauma in a safe and supportive environment.
An individual intake session is required to make sure the group is a good fit for you. A minimum of 4 members will be needed to begin the group; there will be no more than 6 group members.
This group will be starting on October 3rd, Saturday, and will meet from 11:00-1:00 each Saturday.  The charge for the group is $40 each week.
Please call or email to arrange for your intake session at no charge.
Connie@hftherapy.com 612-275-1657 www.heteroflexible therapy.com
(3) Men & Women In Collaboration: a Psychotherapy Group:
Time: Mondays, 4:15 - 6:00pmStart Date: Monday, Sept 21, 2009Location: Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 27th Avenue South, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN  55105This is a new group for individuals dealing with relational issues, depression and/or anxiety, and trauma recovery.  Some sessions will incorporate active arts-based processes which enhance connection and expand awareness of personal choice.  Screening interviews are in progress.Contact: Nancy Ruppenthal, LICSW, LMFT  (612) 789-2653
 (4) Developing Connection and Relationship with the Inner Child:
I am excited to announce an 8-week psychoeducational and support group for women and men who are healing from addictions and trauma. The focus of the group will be on building a loving, trusting relationship with oneself using the Inner Child model. Through group sharing, creative exercises and take-home assignments, members will explore and practice self-love and self-acceptance. This group promises to provide a lasting vehicle for clients to navigate recovery with a greater sense of safety and ease in the world.Group size: limited to 9 members.
 Cost: $30 per session
 Meeting times: Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., October 3 thru November 21
 Location: 333 Grand Avenue, Suite 206 in St. Paul (my office).
 Facilitator: Karen Wright, MA, LPC. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the States of Minnesota and Colorado. Recently relocated to the Twin Cities from Denver, I am in private practice in St. Paul, specializing in helping women and men heal from addictions and trauma. My passion is helping clients replace their relationship to substances (or behaviors) with the natural forms of relationships, particularly relationship with Self.FFI:  Karen Wright, MA, LPC, 651-399-1713, karen@benevolentjourney.com   (brochure in process)
(5) Anger Management for Women Class
This is a 6 session psycho-educational class for women to learn to identify and express their anger in respectful and effective ways. Through presentations, handouts, practice and discussion, participants will focus on analyzing and understanding individual patterns of stress and anger, negative self-talk, and developing tools for managing emotions and positive conflict resolution.

The class meets: Thursdays, September 24 - October 29, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Cost $135.00. Eden Prairie Counseling Services, 9531 W. 78th St., Suite 145, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

FFI: contact Sue Cromwell , MSW, LICSW at 651.268.0751 or by e-mail at skceden@comcast.net

Related to Therapists: Job Posting, Resources Requested & Resources Offered:
(Referral requests come to us through our web site. Any member may respond.)

Job Posting:
(1) Position Title: Clinical Supervisor Unit Name: I11
Unit Location: Elk River FCS (YIP), PO Box 6069, St. Cloud, MN 56302Description: Lutheran Social Service in St. Cloud is looking for a Clinical Supervisor to provide clinical supervision to our school based Children's Therapeutic Services and Supports programs. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining best practices which ensure compliance with state licensing and accreditation requirements. This position will also provide individual, marriage, and family therapy in our outpatient behavioral health office.Requirements: Candidates must be licensed at the LP, LMFT, or LICSW level, with at least 4 years post licensure experience, with competency in clinical supervision. Credentials with third party payers is required.Application Deadline: Open Until FilledApplication Contact: Send resume and complete application to David Nusbaum at dnusbaum@Issmn.org or fax to 320.251.8898.An application may be downloaded from our website at   Issmn.org   Position Information: Full time position with excellent benefits package. Schedule is flexible Monday-Friday. Salary Range: $46,041-$50,645.

(2) GLBT Intern Opportunity at Midwest Health Center for Women:
There's an available intern position at the Midwest Health Center for Women, supporting the S.H.E. Program (Sexual Health Empowerment) which will begin offering sexual health services in September. There is a stipend available and the time frame is September to December with option to continue.
Program Intern:
The S.H.E. clinic is a program of Midwest Health Center for Women that focuses on the sexual health care needs of lesbian and bisexual women.  The clinic provides sexual health care services, screening, referrals and information geared towards the unique needs of this community.
We are looking for an interested intern to be an important part of the S.H.E. Clinic team.
*Stipend available*
Application deadline: September 15
Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter detailing your interest to
 Jessica at  np@midwesthealthcenter.org

Resounces Requested:
Mind/Body Consultation Group: I am interested in finding a consultation group focusing from a mind/body perspective. I live and practice in Minnetonka. My email is Goodfisch@aol.com . Thanks, Barbara
2. Looking for f2m therapy:
Sat,  8 August 2009
I am a 32 yr old looking for some place I am able to go so I can go forward in my process of being f2m.  I am not sure if my insurance covers something like that.  I have Health Partners through the state.  I hear that some ppl do sliding scales.  I know I have to do the counseling for a while to get on T. Just basicly looking for a cheap but not shady place.  You know??
A.J.   <aj.letourneau@yahoo.com>
3. LGBT Therapy Group Wanted:
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Comment: I have a gay therapist and he and I would like me to find a GLBT therapy group for gay people who have mental illness such as major depression disorder, Bipolar disorder and others. My disorder is major depressive disorder and bipolar two. I am looking for therapy, support and socialization.
Contact info: 651-647-0527

4. Looking for a gay male therapist who works with DID:
I am looking for a therapist who is gay and who works with depression and ideally also DID (or is willing to learn about DID) for a client who I have been seeing as the adjunct therapist. (I work a lot with DID so I am willing to do consultation. In this case, I am not the primary therapist, though.)
Thanks, Irene Greene, 612.874.6442   irenegreene@earthlink.net

5. Help for Hoarders:
Can someone in the membership recommend a person who helps hoarders? Plenty of family challenges, too, but first problem requested is to help with major hoarding problem in the home.
Thanks, Susan Zimmerman, Psychotherapist

Resources Offered:
1. Sam Willis, MD, a Family Medicine Physician in Minneapolis, announces the opening of his new medical practice August 17th, 2009.  Dr. Sam, who works collaboratively with MNTHC and RHI, invites everyone, especially those persons who identify as gay, queer, lesbian or transgender, to consider his practice when looking for a primary health care provider. Initially, office hours will be Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30pm to 6:30pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 3:30pm.  However, appointments may be scheduled in advance of that date by calling (612) 353-4034 or sending an email to doctorsamwillis@gmail.com
Appointments at other times may be requested and will be considered on a case by case basis. For more information about the unique features of this medical practice, check out www.doctorsam.us, a secure/encrypted website.  

2. 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.
Contact Information:
Kathy Vader, M.A., M.A., L.P.
6950 France Ave South   #14
Edina, MN  55435
(952)929-3123  (office)
Website - www.kathyvader.com

Conferences & Workshops:
(These notices will run here for two issues. Review past archived eNewsletters on our website for additional conferences & workshops.)

(1) Thought Field Therapy for Clinical Practice:
Presented by Jill Strunk, Ed.D., L.P.
 September 19, 2009
 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.    (7 hours of class time) The workshop will include theory and explanation of the Thought Field Therapy treatment for a wide variety of diagnoses, along with demonstrations and practice sessions. The training manual will be sent to you as soon as you register so you can read selected parts in preparation for the workshop. Cost:  $100, plus $25 for materials.
 Send check or money order to:
 Jill Strunk, Ed.D., L.P., 4001 Huntingdon Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305
 Phone:  952-936-7547

(2) Hakomi Institute Twin Cities presents
 Trauma and the Body-Restoring Balance to a System in Chaos:
Taught by: Morgan Holford, LPC, of the Hakomi Institute
Learning Objectives:
Develop a basic understanding of Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy
Learn skills for creating containment and affect regulation through limbic attunement
Practice techniques for guiding clients into mindful body awareness
Learn to differentiate traumatic affect from sensation and motor reflexes
Dates: Friday, September 25, 2009, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 26, 2009, 9:30 am to 5 pm
 Minneapolis, MN
 $265 ($235 if paid in full by September 1) Enrollment limited, advance registration required. For psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors , social workers, bodyworkers, & others interested in mind-body awareness & transformation. Information is available for CEU remittance.
For more information, contact: Susan Broadwell, PsyD, 952-922-1848

(3) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course:
Seeds of Mindfulness is offering the introductory Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, Fall 2009, beginning Tuesdays October 6 - November 24, AM and PM options, registration best by September 22nd. Also this Fall are two Deepening courses: Level I and II. Check the website for details or download the brochure: www.seedsofmindfulness.com  or call 6212 343 1623. This winter the Mindful Parenting and Level I training for Psychotherapists will again be offered. Thank you for your attendance and referrals. CEU's available for Mental Health, Nursing and Educational Professionals in all courses. Judtith Lies, LMFT, MWP Member, bringing Jon Kabat-Zinn's research validated model to the Twin Cities for 16 years.
(4) Clinical Training in Imago Relationship Therapy for Couples:
coming to the Twin Cities.This two day training workshop will be held on Nov. 6-7, 2009, and sponsored by Argosy University-Dept of Marriage and Family Therapy. The presenter is: Kathleen S. Powell, LCSW, BCD, Imago Relationship Int'l Clinical Instructor from Chicago.This workshop offers specific strategies in deepening and sharpening skills in effective couple and marital therapy. Join your colleagues to learn more about the theory and practice of IMAGO Relationship Therapy. Explore more about Imago at the web site gettingtheloveyouwant.com This workshop is $295 and offers 16 CEU credits. Questions/registration: Cheri Desmond May, MSW, LP, Certified Imago Therapist at 651-698-0508, or cheri@desmondmay.com

(5) WORKSHOP: Secrets of Successful Relationships:
This fall, learn about the core set of emotional habits that are key to successful love relationships. Attendees will learn the basics of how people get their partners to treat them well. Includes a workbook and weekly handouts.  People of all relational inclinations are welcome. Therapists can receive a professional discount and a Certificate of Attendance. Clergy may attend for the cost of the workbook.
Meets 3 consecutive Tuesdays starting Oct 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 104 Snelling Avenue South in St Paul. Individuals...$75; Couples...$125. Co-presented by Rebecca Chesin, MA, LAMFT and Pam Lipe, MS, LP.
See www.TimeForClarity.com/workshops.html <http://www.TimeForClarity.com/workshops.html>  for details and registration.
FFI: Rebecca Chesin <rebecca@timeforclarity.com>
Please share this information with your clients and colleagues. Thank you.

(6) 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 rumark@aol.com <mailto:rumark@aol.com>  or 651-222-5457
 or Jeff Brown at jeffbrownmnpsychologist.com <mailto:jeffbrownmnpsychologist.com> .

(7) THE 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference:
"Moving Beyond the Trauma of Homophobia, Transphobia and Reparative Therapy":
When: November 20-22, 2009
Where: Crowne Plaza West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL
Presented by: Soulfource, Box Turtle Bulletin, Truth Winos Out, The National Black Justice Coalition and Equality Florida
Includes a special pre-conference institute by Beyond Ex-Gay for survivors of ex-gay ministries and reparative therapy.
For more information: http://www.soulforce.org/anti-heterosexism

NOTE: A Call for Workshop Proposals to our Network members from the above conference planners in Palm Beach:
To: Members of the MN LGBT Therapist Network
From:  Marsha McDonough, Ph.D. <marsha@conversing.us>
Please consider presenting a workshop related to the ethical treatment of LGBT clients at the 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference in November. For information on submitting a proposal see: http://www.soulforce.org/anti-heterosexism.

Upcoming Events:
(events for our members & our clients)
(1) Twin Cities Black Pride Weekend
September 11-13, 2009:

Friday, September 11, 2009:
Opening Night w/ Color Coordination
Where: Guthrie Theatre
Time: 6:00pm-8:45pm

Join Color Coordination and Twin Cities Black Pride for a night of elegance and artistic expression. Featuring renown writer and novelist Alphonso Morgan and his very special guests Lisa C. Moore and G. Winston James and a number of aspiring young writers from a workshop Morgan facilitated this summer.

1st Annual BLoW uP Tha Mic Singing Competition
Location: Gay 90s
Time: 9:00pm-1:30am

Saturday, September 12, 2009:
Color Coordination Interaction 2009
Location: South High School

Red Party
Location: Patrick's Cabaret
Time: 9:00pm-1:00am

Come and celebrate being Red! Being HIV aware and knowing your current HIV status. Featuring DJ Lady L. on 1 and 2's, special performances by Kevin "Kaoz" Moore, Miss Gay 90s Genevee, Miss Spirit of the Lakes Shamika Dupree, Mahogony Blue, Victoria Gotti, Taz and many more surprises. Oh and DON'T forget to wear your RED!

Sunday, September 13, 2009:
Twin Cities Black Pride Church Service: "Unity is the New You!"
Location: Parkway United Church of Christ
Time: 10:00am-11:30am

Join us as we reclaim back one of the most influential institutions in our community: the church.
An institution that has traditionally been a place tainted by religious-based homophobia and perverted by homo-negativity and abuse. The Twin Cities Black Pride Community Choir will be making their debut this service so you definitely DON'T wanna miss it!

Park Festival and S'more Cook-off
Location: Boom Island
Time: 4:00pm-10:00pm

Have a famous dish that nobody on God's green earth can make quite like you? Here's your chance to showcase it at this potluck extravaganza. There will be music, relaxation, games, great company, and later on a s'more cook-off! What does the ultimate s'more consist of??? Come and find out!
(2) HIV Therapy Discussions:

Two sessions PRESENTED BY:

612-229-2788 OR

amcneese@bioscrip.com or
(3) Ann Reed:  New CD Release Concert!
Come hear Ann's new CD "Where the Earth is Round"
Saturday, October 31, 2009
8pm, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN
Nox Office: 952.979.1100
annreed@aol.com or 1-800-947-9180
or website  annreed.com
Ann has been "out" and singing in our communities for over 20 years!
(4) Women of color, racism and somatic healing Info Sessions:
Women of color, racism and somatic healing
Are you a woman of color?
Do you sense that your body is holding stress and trauma from your experiences with racism?
Do you want to learn more in a company of other women of color?
Do you want to try body-awareness based therapy for healing the effects of social, collective and historical traumas?

*September 16, 2009, Wednesday
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
*September 19, 2009, Saturday
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

2500 University Ave W, Suite F-5, St. Paul

presented by
Thea M. Lee, M.A., LMFT(CA), SEP
651-319-2110    lee.theam@gmail.com
Thea will be presenting a workshop at the upcoming LGBT Color CoordiNATION conference on 9/12.

  A minimum of 6 participants will commit to:
* Attending a 2-hour group orientation session (separate from the information session) to understand stress and traumas in the body and meet other participants;
* Receiving 3 personal sessions over a course of 4-6 weeks: The focus of the sessions will be on stress/trauma caused by exposures to racism as well as internalized racism in one's own community.  Each session is 90-min.  A participant may ask other participant(s) to sit in on any of the session as a community witness;
* Attending a 2-hour group closing session to share their experiences and give Thea, the facilitator, feedback;
* following the rules of confidentiality.

The introductory cost of participation is sliding scale of $100-$150 and may be paid in installments.

Participants Wanted:

"Living Wellness: Holistic Approaches for Mind, Body, and Spirit in Social Work Practice"
Dr. Jeannie Falkner of Delta State University and Felicia Washington Sy of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University are editing a text on mind/body approaches to social work practice that include nontraditional forms of healing. Abstract submissions are invited for book chapters.  The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2009.
The submission should include the following:
(A)   Title of the proposed chapter
(B)   An abstract of about 200 words describing the topic that includes a                                     description of how the chosen topic is informed by social work.  Another                                    way to think about this is: "What makes your approach to the material different                       from (or complimentary to) other approaches in light of the fact that you are a social worker?
(C)   Learning objectives (3 to 5)
On a separate cover sheet, provide the name(s), degrees and titles of the author(s), contact information (institution, address, phone and email), a 60-word description of the proposed book chapter, and 50-word biography for each author. Please submit proposals for book chapters to  ffwashington@aol.com and jeanniefalkner@gmail.com .  Notifications will be sent out no later than December 30, 2009.
 Submissions are invited on the following topics:
·        Living Mindfully
·        Trauma and Stress
·        Yoga/yoga therapy
·        Healing Touch
·        Work Place Wellness
·        Healthy Communities
·        Wellness and Working with vulnerable populations
·        Healing the Healer: Self awareness and reflection
·        Holistic Health and Ethical Practice
·        Horticulture Therapy
·        Music Therapy
·        Art Therapy
·        Play Therapy
·        Spirituality and Social Work Practice
·        Adventure Based Programs
 For questions, comments or further information, contact Felicia Washington Sy - ffwashington@aol.com
Dear Participant:
We are a culturally diverse sexual minority research team conducting an empirical study examining attitudes, feelings, and experiences associated with being an Asian American who experiences attraction to members of the same sex. Historically, researchers have neglected the lives of Asian American gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, and very little research has looked specifically at attitudes, feelings, and experiences that sexual minority persons have based on their race and sexual orientation. We sincerely invite you to participate in this survey to help us learn more about the Asian American sexual minority persons in our communities!

To be eligible for this study, you must be an Asian/Asian American who is at least 18 years old, has experienced same-sex attraction, and currently resides in the United States. The survey is anonymous, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. As an incentive to participate, all participants will be given the chance to enter a raffle awarding $100 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly selected person. For those interested in participating in this study, please contact us at the emails below.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail announcement to eligible friends/colleagues and other gay/lesbian/bisexual or Asian American related listserves. Thanks in advance for your help with this project!
Dawn M. Szymanski, Ph. D  dzzymans@utk.edu
Mi Ra Sung, M. A.  mira7277@gmail.com
Department of Psychology, Austin Peay Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0900
Office: 865-974-3302
Fax: 865-974-3330

Office Space Available:
Prime St. Paul Office for Sublet:
Spacious, newly furnished office on Grand Avenue available for sublet 2 to 3 days per week. (My schedule is flexible - choose your preferred days.) Ideal location near intersection of Grand Avenue and I-35E in beautiful, professional building with parking lot. Includes fax and cable Internet. $140/day. Will reduce rate for subletting more than one day. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone with a part-time practice.FFI: Karen Wright, MA, LPC / 651-399-1713 /

LGBT News Bits:

"The Network" & UM's GLBTA Program's Office
Conference Information & 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
Presented by:
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 November 1, 2009. Proposals available online. See info below.

General Information:
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.

Keynote Speaker:
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:
Email: mnlgbtqconference2010@gmail.com
(1) Conference Co-Chair - MN.LGBT Therapist Network:
Irene Greene, 612.874.6442 irenegreene@earthlink.net
(2) Conference Co-Chair - University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office: 
Anne Phibbs, Director, 612.625.8519 phib0001@umn.edu

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!
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 November 6, 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 <support@dennischristian.com >  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 (irenegreene@earthlink.net ) & Anne Phibbs, UM GLBTA Programs Office)
2. Program Committee, Chair, Bonnie Burg (bburglcsw@aol.com ) (The next formal meeting of the Program Committee is Friday, 9/10, 10:30-Noon at 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis)
3. Community Liaison Committee, Chair, Owen Konecnik (owen@counselorminneapolis.com )
4. Publicity Committee, Chair Dennis Christian (support@dennischristian.com )
5. Resource Fair Committee, Co-Chairs Mindy Benowitz, (mbenowitz@aol.com ) & Owen Konecnik, (owen@counselorminneapolis.com )

Sign Up.  Be Involved.  Spread the Word. Think about doing a workshop proposal. WE WILL HAVE MORE COMMITTEES & DO NEED MORE HELP!


"The World Health Organization recently declared depression the fourth leading cause of human disability and suffering and predicted that by the year 2020 it will be the second leading cause. That's not biology run amok; it reflects the social spread of the kinds of cultural values and social conditions that give rise to depression."
                                                               ~ "Secondhand Blues" Psychology Today, October 2009

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 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 

Submissions to the eNewsletter, adding or deleting your name from this eNewsletter & a quick window to our website:
 Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to enews@LGBTtherapists.org.  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, eNewsletter Coordinator

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