Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

Volume II, Issue 19

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, Classes & Workshops
  • Upcoming Events
  • Participants Wanted
  • Space for Rent
  • 2010 Conference Notes
  • Quote of the Day
  • NEXT ISSUE: Tuesday, September 29. Submissions due by: Fri., 9/25.

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 138(!) 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, Announcements & Networking: 12-1230:
Spread the word about your practice, new group information & workshops or trainings you are offering.
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.
CEU forms available!

(2) Are you going to WALK?  PLEASE 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.

"The Network" & UM's GLBTA Program's Office
Conference Information & Call for Workshop Proposals!!!
Proposal Deadline: Fri., 11/6/09

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 6, 2009. Proposals available online. See info below.

General Information:
This cutting edge conference will offer over 30 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

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

Want to be a conference partner or volunteer?
Your practice, business or company is invited to partner with The Network & The UM GLBTA Programs Office to help with the success of the March 2010 LGBTQA Mental Health Issues Conference.

We are looking for help with conference planning, volunteers, committee work, businesses to purchase ads for our conference program, businesses to buy table space at our Resource Fair, and companies to be major sponsors of the event.

Contact: Irene Greene (The Network) at irenegreene@earthlink.net or Anne Phibbs, (UM GLBTA Program's Office) at phib0001@umn.edu if you are interested.

We expect 200+ conference attendees and a lot of big-time conference sponsors. This promises to be a very good investment for your practice or company!  Join us!

Featured Member of THE NETWORK:
(This is our first 'featured member' in our new column.)
From and about Kate Lehmann, MA, LADC:
I embarked on a second career in alcohol and drug counseling a few years ago when I decided to attend the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies.  Having spent nearly 30 years working in film and television production, my switch to counseling was prompted by a desire to do work where personal change is the product rather than the other way around.  I had a great time creating TV programs but I wanted to help people to work on creating themselves instead.   Working with alcohol and drug addiction is challenging and rewarding and I always feel honored to be a part of such profound transformation - by the addict or alcoholic and by loved ones.  I have a special interest in working with the LGBT population because of the high rate of substance abuse that occurs in our community.
Right now I am engaged in a variety of practice situations.  I am developing my own private practice to serve individuals, families, and businesses.  I am interested in doing individual and family work all along the continuum - from interventions and assessments, treatment referrals, to post-treatment counseling and recovery management.  I just obtained office space in the Loring Park area and will soon be starting a group for women who have completed treatment and are learning to apply what they learned to daily life.  I'm collaborating with Acres for Life to include an equine therapy component for this group.   I also do on-call counseling work at Hazelden and Pride Institute in both residential and outpatient treatment programs.
My practice team includes Spuddy, my labradoodle.  He's a certified therapy dog who also loves doing volunteer work at Regions Hospital.  "Dr." Spuddy has great instincts about what people need.  He's a living, panting, example of Rogerian client centered therapy.  He's taught me a lot about acceptance and meeting people where they are.  He also helps my wellness program by walking me around Como Lake every day, though the pace sometimes slows way down when people want to meet him.  I used to think they were smiling at me, now I know better.
I'm really pleased to be a part of the LGBT Therapist's network.  As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, I hope to benefit by being part of a referral network and being able to learn from and rely on other therapists.  If you're in need of a CD assessment or other services related to substance abuse, please give me a call.  I would also love to connect with therapists who are interested in providing mental health services to people who are chemically dependent.
You can find out more about me, Lehmann Consulting, and the new group "Women Building Recovery" by visiting www.KateLehmann.com.   E-mail KateLehmann@comcast.net or call (612) 306-4778 to get in touch with me directly.
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, October 11, 2009
TIME: 11:30-1pm
PLACE: University of MN: GLBTA Programs Office, 65 Appleby.
Program Committee Meeting: Friday, November 20, 2009 Place: TBA
Program Committee, Chair: Bonnie Burg (bburglcsw@aol.com )
230-530: Agenda: Review Conference Workshop proposals.

Next Network Steering Committee Meeting:
The next meeting date to be announced. We are currently "meeting" via email.

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. (More members welcome!)

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

Related to Therapists: Resources Offered, Resources Requested & Job Postings:

Resources Offered:

1. PRIDE Institute is launching a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning specific adolescent intensive outpatient program.  Clients must be between 14 and 19 years of age.  The IOP program meets from 3:30-5:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with 10 hours of group counseling in addition to one hour of individual therapy per week.  The program philosophy integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with 12 step facilitation.  It is developed to help LGBTQ youth learn tools for recovery.   For more information please contact Lindsey Tinucci at Lindsey.tinnucci@pride-institute.com or 612-810-5765.
2. Sign up for Minnesota School OUTreach Coalition monthly enews:
send an email to:      
We are a coalition of Minnesota students, educators, families, community members, and organizations working within the broad context of schools to address the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

3. 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.  
Resources Requested:
1.  Therapist Wanted:
I am looking for a therapist who works with Anxiety, specifically hoarding. He is a gay man. Please contact Connie Studer MA, LMFT at connie@hftherapy.com or call 612-275-1657 if you know of someone.
2. Referral Needed:
 I am looking for a therapist near Fairmont, MN with significant experience in CBT or IPT treatment of perinatal depression.Deborah Rich, Ph.D., LP, Founder
 Shoshana Center for Reproductive Health Psychology  
 Email: drdebrich@gmail.com
 Phone: 651-431-8506
 Fax: 651-603-8528

Job Postings:
(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

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

(1)  Comedy Improv Class for Cancer Survivors- no experience necessary.
Taught by Cathy Morrison a funny gal and a cancer survivor. www.improveyourhealth.com
October 1st for six weeks. Thursdays at 6:30pm-8pm. $60
Cathy Morrison 612-207-5004. Please pass this information to people that you know that are cancer survivors. Comedy can be healing. Mayflower Church, 106 East Diamond Lake Road, Minneapolis.Queer-friendly.
(2) Exotic Dance Classes for Queer Women and Friends:

  • Sunday September 20th 10am-11:30 am Pole Dancing Workshop
  • Sunday September 20th 11:30am -1pm Lap Dance Workshop
  • Sunday September 27th 10am-1pm Exotic Dance Workshop

Pole Dancing Class- Sunday September 20th from 10am-11:30am:
join the Pole Fitness Craze as seen on the Oprah Winfrey show!
Learn sexy dance moves with the pole to show off for your friends or partner or person of interest. Class is 1.5 hours long. Wear comfortable clothes. Wear heels if you like.  All levels of fitness and dance experience welcome. Beginners welcome. All body shapes and sizes and women of all ages are welcome! All women welcome! $30

Lap Dance Class- Sunday September 20th from 11:30am-1pm:
The art of Lap Dance. Learn how to give a seductive lap dance to your partner or your person of interest. Learn individual moves as well as a routine. 1.5 hours long. Wear comfortable clothes and bring heels if you like. All levels of fitness and dance experience welcome. Beginners welcome. All body shapes and sizes and women of all ages are welcome! All women welcome $30

Exotic Dance Class- Sunday September 27th from 10am-1pm:
Learn to dance seductively for your partner, your person of interest, yourself or your friends. Get noticed on the dance floor!  The class will include teaching you- Walking sexy, standing sexy moves, sexy moves for wall dancing, sexy Floor moves, chair dancing ( this is dancing while using a chair as a prop- not lap dancing)  and dancing sexy with an accessory.  Wear comfortable clothes or sexy clothes. Bring heels if you like. Bring an accessory if you like- a hat, a pair of gloves, a boa, a scarf, etc. Class is 3 hours long. All levels of fitness and dance experience welcome. Beginners welcome. All body shapes and sizes and women of all ages are welcome! All women welcome $60

Body Positive dance classes are designed to make women feel sexy and increase their self esteem. Beginners are welcome. You do not need any prior experience to take these classes. All moves will be taught and then you can practice them at the workshop. Class is for Queer Women and friends. All women welcome. Women of all ages, all shapes and sizes are welcome. Plus size women encouraged to attend.

All classes are preregistration only. These are not drop in classes. We have had a lot of interest in these classes and we expect them to fill up quickly.     Please don't wait till the last minute.
Please email for information   divariot@visi.com

(3) Workshops This Month at THE SMITTEN KITTEN by Celebrated Sex Educator, Midori

  • Registration is now open and you may attend any single class or save money by registering for all three.  
  • Call us (612-721-6088) to pre-register soon because seats are selling rapidly.  
  • These workshops are appropriate for people of all genders and orientations.  Everyone is welcome.
  • If you need a special accommodation or an ASL interpreter for any/all of these workshops, please call us (612-721-6088) as soon as possible.

Take Care, Jennifer Pritchett  jennifer@smittenkittenonline.com  

JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man
Title: JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man
Location: The Smitten Kitten
Description: Join Midori for this wildly popular class about sensual tricks to blow his mind and make the pleasure last for a long time.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2009-09-24

Hands-on Rope Bondage with Midori
Title: Hands-on Rope Bondage with Midori
Location: The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave in NE Minneapolis
Description: Rope bondage can be simple, elegant, effective and sensual, but if you don't know how to do it right, it can be dangerous. Midori will teach you how to use this versatile bondage tool to maximize fun and minimize risks. Learn basic techniques including two-column restraint and creative positions. Midori is the author of The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage, and is an expert in safe and effective Japanese inspired rope bondage. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a minimum of 2 lengths of 15 feet and 2 of 25 feet of rope."This class will cost $30 or $60 for all three Midori Classes. Call 612-721-6088 to reserve your spot. Pre-reservation is recommended. For more information about Midori, go to www.planetmidori.com  
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Date: September 25th

How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her

Title: How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her
Location: The Smitten Kitten
Description: Join us for Midori\'s third class! How to Eat a Peach is packed with secrets, tips and tricks on how to give her the most blissful sensations with your loving mouth and dexterous digits.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2009-09-26 

(4)  Learn how to give Reiki healing to Yourself and Others, including Clients  -with or without touch!
Teacher:  Barbara MacKay Simmonds, M.A., Reiki Master-Teacher RMT

October thru December 2009 Reiki Training Schedule
Level 1:  no prerequisite                                       1 day  $165
       Oct 23, 2009        (Friday)     9  am to 6 pm  Registration Deadline: FRI Oct 9
Dec 4, 2009        (Friday)     9  am to 6 pm  Registration Deadline: FRI Nov 20

Level 2:
(Prerequisite: Level 1)                                1 day   $165
        Oct 2, 2009        (Friday)     9  am to 6 pm  Registration Deadline: FRI  Sept 18
Nov 6, 2009        (Friday)     9  am to 6 pm  Registration Deadline: FRI  Oct 23

Levels 1 & 2 for Healing and Helping Professionals:             2 days  $285  
Any combination of  Levels 1 & 2 dates [see prerequisites]
Registration Deadline:  2 wks prior to Level 1 Class

Advanced (ART)*:
(Prerequisite: Levels 1 & 2)                    1 day    $185 FRI  
        Oct 9  
(Friday)  9  am to 6 pm Registration Deadline: FRI Sept 25

Reiki Master-Teacher:
(Prerequisite: Advanced (ART)            2 days   $650
        Nov 20 + 21  (Friday + Saturday)  9  am to 6 pm Registration Deadline: FRI Nov 6
[2-day intensive]
       *After you have completed ART, we will confer about your taking the Master-Teacher training class.
And, if you are clear before taking ART,  please let me know so that we can schedule a class.

About Barbara~
For 24 years, Barbara has used Reiki, along with a unique blend of listening, bodywork, visualization, meditation, and movement to help people heal from traumas, including abuse, invasion, assault & surgery, and everyday "bumps and bruises."  Barbara has been teaching Reiki since 1995. She received her Reiki training from Reiki Masters William L. Rand, Frank Arjava Petter & Chetna Kobayashi, & Charlotte E. Kasl, LP. Barbara is also a Personal Life-Coach. Ask me how I use Reiki with my psychotherapy clients!

For more information, &/OR to schedule a Reiki Healing session &/OR to Obtain a Gift Certificate:
ph:  612 827-2877    
(5) 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

(6) 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

Upcoming Events:
(events for our members & our clients)
(1) Bisexual Organizing Project:       
Title:   BOP - Bi's Eat Out Dinner Event  - New King Buffet         
Date:   Tuesday September 22, 2009    
Time:   7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm                                        
Location:   New King Buffet                              
5927 John Martin Dr                              
Brooklyn Center, MN                                                   
We must have RSVPs so we can give an accurate count for our reservation.  Suggestions for places that can handle a group are always welcome!
 To learn more about the Bisexualorganizingproject group, please visit   groups.yahoo.com/grou/bisexualorganizingproject


Wine & Chocolate Member Drive & Networking Event
Join us on Friday, October 2nd
 3:00 to 6:00pm
 100 2nd Street SE, Minneapolis 55414
 This event is free of charge.Nibble on chocolate and sip wine while socializing with members old, new and "becoming". Appetizers and other beverages will also be served. We will be previewing upcoming MWP events, and learning about the Mentoring Program and our amazing new website! Hear more about the Find-A-Therapist feature -- a fabulous new membership benefit!Remember the Membership Drive.

This event is an opportunity to bring colleagues and invite potential new MWP members**. For each new member referred by you between September 15th and October 15th, receive $5 off of either your 2010-2011 membership or an upcoming MWP event registration AND a special prize will go to the member who refers the most new members! Registration forms are available on the website or can be completed at the Wine & Chocolate event.
**MWP membership is available to women mental health professionals and graduate students, see the website for further information. 
RSVP by Tuesday September 29th to WmPsyclgy@aol.com or to the MWP office at 320-743-5694. Please make sure to include yourself and number of guests.
(3) GLBT Host Home Program Informational Meetings:

Hello community members,
Below are the dates for upcoming HHP informational meetings.  Please help us recruit new hosts by spreading the word!
In solidarity,
 On any given night in Minnesota, there are approximately 200 GLBT youth who are homeless.(based on Wilder Research 2006).One of the ways that the Twin Cities' community is addressing this problem is through the GLBT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth, which offers a transformative and community-based approach to providing homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth with safe homes.  As volunteers of the program, adults open their homes and their hearts to young people who need and are looking for a healthy and nurturing connection.
 If you are interested in hearing more about this community building program, please come to one of the following informational meetings:
Tuesday, September 15, 6-8pm@ Hosmer Library
347 East 36th StreetMinneapolis, MN 55408
Thursday, September 17, 6-8pm@ Midtown YWCA
2121 East Lake StreetMinneapolis, MN 55407
 Come learn about the history of the GLBT Host Home Program and about the application and screening process for potential volunteers. You will also have an opportunity to hear from hosts who shared their homes with youth.  See you there!Questions?  Call Raquel (Rocki) at Avenues for Homeless Youth:612-522-1690, ext. 110 or e-mail her at  hosthome@aveuesforyouth.org

(4) Gay Dads Play Group:
This group is for gay dads with preschool or school age children who would like to get together for play dates with their kids. Expect to talk and chat while the kids swing, slide and generally go jungle gymming around the play equipment. Informal chats might include parenting, gay parenting, fun stuff to do with kids, potty training tips, weather, sports, arts and theatre.

To find out more visit the group's Yahoo page. If would like to be part of the group and its gatherings contact Doug Petrie at djpetrie_mpls@hotmail.com .

(5)  Rainbow Families Halloween Dance:
Join Rainbow Families for a frighteningly good time at our annual Halloween Dance.  Bring the kids (and yourself!) in costume for an evening of dancing, crafts, musical games and treats.
Date:        Saturday, October 24, 2008
Time:        6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location:   Ramsey International Arts School,
                 Nicollet at 50th Streets, Minneapolis 
Adults $6, Children $4. Maximum per family $20. Sliding fee available. No RSVPs necessary.  Open to everyone!
Interested in Volunteering on this Event? General Questions? Contact Sara at sara.leckey@familyequality.org or 617-502-502-8700 ext. 223
(6) 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.

(7)   Gaylaxicon 2009:
Category:  Festivals & Fairs
When:  Friday, October 9, 2009 10:00 AM
Where:   Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Gaylaxicon 2009 is the annual international Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Convention for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people and their friends! The dates for Gaylaxicon 2009 will be October 9-11, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Gaylaxicon is a fantastic, and dare we say, fabulous event that gives all of us who appreciate science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comics the time to focus and socialize with other fans. We guarantee that Gaylaxicon will provide you with a greater depth and breadth of GLBT related topics than other SF conventions. You'll have the ability to converse with other fans who examine the genre through our similar queer life experiences. Gaylaxicon welcomes all fans regardless of sexual and gender identity or planet of origin.
Gaylaxicon 2009 will include: Art Show, Autographs, Cabaret, Charity Auction, Costuming, Dealers Room, Discussion Panels, Gaming, Guests, Local Events, Parties, Readings, Video Program, and more!

Participants Wanted:
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:
  Did you know that "LGBT young adults have a higher pregnancy rate then heterosexual youth?"  according to www.rainbowhealth.org

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

(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 )
3. Community Liaison Committee, Chair, Owen Konecnik (owen@counselorminneapolis.com )
4. Thursday Night Welcome Event 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!


"If you don't risk anything, you risk even more."
                                                                                                         ~ Erica Jong

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 .

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