Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

Volume II, Issue 21

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
  • Space for Rent
  • 2010 Conference Notes
  • Quote of the Day
  • NEXT ISSUE: Tuesday, October 27. Submissions due by: Fri., 10/23.

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 147(!) 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"!
Join other Network members at
THE QUORUM Coming OUT Day Luncheon this Friday, October 16.

Join US for lunch!
Friday, October 16, 2009.
Minneapolis Convention Center sponsored by TC Quorum
This is a wonderfully affirming event. Three speakers. Lunch. Great networking. A profesional LGBTQ event!

Join the LGBT Therapists Network at our Table of 10!
Can we pull together enough of us for a table of 10?  We already have 3 people.
Even if we don't get 10 people (enough for a table) we will all try to sit together.
Irene Greene, 612.874.6442   irenegreene@earthlink.net
www.twincitiesquorum.com     Make your reservations online at the quorum website. Indicate LGBT Therapists Network in your res and then let me know if you would like to sit with us.

Friday, October 16,  2009 / Minneapolis Convention Center
Quorum, the Twin Cities GLBT  and Allied Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Minnesota National  Coming Out Day Luncheon. This treasured community tradition celebrates the  strength, courage and wisdom of GLBT people and their Allies who live openly  and authentically. This year we introduce the Quorum Business Equality  Conference, a one-day intensive learning experience specifically designed to  support GLBT employee groups and their companies' work towards their common  goal of fully inclusive, healthy and productive workplaces.

Schedule of the  Day:

  • 8:00 am - 10:45 am: Quorum Business Equality Conference morning session
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Luncheon registration and  exhibitors
  • 12:00 - 1:30 pm: Minnesota National Coming Out Day  Luncheon program
  • 1:30 - 2:00 pm: Dessert buffet and exhibitors  
  • 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Quorum Business Equality Conference afternoon session

Featured Speakers

  • Andrea Jenkins, artist, writer, activist;  Senior Policy Aide, Minneapolis City Council Ward 8; 2009 "Power of One"  Recipient
  • Robert & Carol Curoe, authors of the  groundbreaking memoir, Are There Closets in Heaven?
  • Deb LeMay, Executive Director, PFLAG Saint  Paul/Minneapolis
  • Shelly Boyum-Breen, Founder and President,  Foundation IX

Purchase  Tickets
Quorum members can  purchase tickets to the Conference and Luncheon for $129, or $30 for admission to just the Luncheon. Non-members can reserve their place for $149 for the Conference and Luncheon, and $37 for the Luncheon alone. Tables of ten can be reserved for $300 (members) and $330 (non-members). Registration at the door  is $175 for the Conference and Luncheon and $45 for the Luncheon alone.

You are invited to do one. Let's share our resources!

"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 four other states!

Beyond The Boxes Logo"Beyond the Boxes: Emerging Trends in LGBTQ Mental Health: A Regional Conference on Mental Health Topics as They Relate to the LGBTQ Communities"

Conference Date: 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:
Jeff Jones, LICSW/Psychotherapist with Phoenix Mental Health:
This goes out to all of you lonely hearts, broken hearts, queen of hearts, and all of the beautiful people from the GLBT community. 

I am working as a private practice psychotherapist with Phoenix Mental Health, P.L.C., you can find me on the web at: http://www.phoenix-mental-health.com/ <http://www.phoenix-mental-health.com/> I just moved into my new office located in Uptown at 31st and Hennepin.  You can also reach me at 612-501-6807.

 I have been in clinical practice for over a few years now.  I also work at Fairview Riverside Hospital on the dual diagnosis unit (mental health and chemical dependency).  I find that it is very hard to separate our struggles with mental illness from our chemical dependencies.  This is compounded by the pressures put on the LGBT community from the non-LGBT communities.  I enjoy working within the postmodern tradition of Narrative Therapy (NT).  NT tends to focus on the overwhelmingly negative stories many of us cope with and then trying to tell new and empowering stories that help honor our lives.
I love to read, walk, and dance (although these "getting older" bones are wearing down), participate in activist work, love, cuddle, philosophize, and then try to fit in some fun once in awhile.  I identify as a bisexual male.  I believe that the LGBT Therapist Network is a great resource and I am honored to be part of this network.
If there ever was a quote that works for my life and my therapeutic stance it would be "the person is not the problem the problem is the problem".
Be a Featured Network Member!!!
We want to know more about our Members!  Don't be shy! Let's all share 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 Committee Meetings: 
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009: 1-230pm
Date: Friday, December 11, 2009: 1130-1pm
Place: Common Roots Cafe, Minneapolis
Program Committee Meetings:
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009;230-530pm
Place: Common Roots Cafe Meeting Room, Mpls.
Date: Saturday, December 5; (Time & Place TBD)
Program Committee, Chair: Bonnie Burg (bburglcsw@aol.com)
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.)

This group is for women who have completed chemical dependency treatment and are learning what it means to "live in recovery" and "work a program."   We'll look at relationship and family issues, concerns with employment and co-workers, and vulnerability to relapse due to stress or unmanageability.  Participants must have a minimum of 4 months of sobriety.  We also welcome women with longer term sobriety who wish to address some aspect of daily life that is causing concern.

We will use equine therapy to complement our group work, learning what obstacles and blocks to work on and practicing how to deal with stress.  No experience with horses is necessary and equine therapy does not involve riding.

Group Leader:  Kate Lehmann, MA, LADC
Equine Therapy:  Acres for Life - Lynn Moore, MA, LADC and Neva Sherman, LADC

Starting:  November 14 - 10 Saturdays at 1:30.  8 - 90 minute sessions plus 2 - 2 hour equine therapy sessions.
Location:  1409 Willow Street, on Loring Park in Minneapolis.  Equine therapy at Acres for Life, Chisago City, MN.
Cost: $625 - includes intake.  Self-pay only.  Credit cards accepted.  Discount for cash.  Weekly payments accepted.
More information:  Visit www.katelehmann.com ; e-mail katelehmanncomcast.net  call (612) 306-4778.

(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  soon, 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) Eating Disorder Group:
Starting in the mid-October for adult women.  
The group will start on Oct. 12th and will run for 11 weeks
Meets Monday evenings from 5:30-7.  
Suzanne M. Dresdner, MFA, MSW, LICSW
Licensed Psychotherapist
621 W. Lake Street, suite 320
Minneapolis MN 55408
(612) 799-7299  suzannedresdner@yahoo.com

(4) MindBody Skills Group:

10 week psycho-educational support group based on the protocol from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC.The focus of the groups is to teach a variety of skills based on the interaction between our mind and body. Skills include, but are not limited to, deep breathing, meditation, simple biofeedback, imagery and movement.  These skills facilitate relaxation and sharpen personal awareness in order to improve self-care choices.  The skills are useful as an adjunct to psychotherapy, as stress management, overall health and wellness and with physical conditions where stress is a component.  Each group has a teaching component, an experiential component and a sharing component. 
Group size:  5-8
Starting: October, 2009, or when there are enough people
Meets: Tuesday evenings for 2 hours
Intake appointment required
Cost:  $375 for the series. Intake is free.  Insurance is not applicable.
Facilitator: Linda C. Nelson, MA, LP.   25+ years doing individual, couples & group therapyCall or email for flyer and more information: 612.379.2640 x15 or lcnelson2@msn.com 
Grove Psychotherapy, Inc, 219 SE Main St, Ste 400, Minneapolis, MN   55414

(5) Two Psychotherapy Groups:
 Psychotherapy Group for Men and Women
Description: The group is psychodynamic, focused on relational process.
 Dates: Monday evenings from 6 - 7:40 pm
 Location: Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 27th Ave South, in Minneapolis.
 Contact: Nancy Ruppenthal, LICSW, LMFT at

Psychotherapy Group for Women
Description: The group is psychodynamic with integrative arts component.
 Dates: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:40 pm
 Location:  Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 27th Ave. South, Minneapolis.
 Contact: Nancy Ruppenthal, LICSW, LMFT at nlruppenthal@gmail.com

(6) Journey of Self-Love and Self-Acceptance: A Support Group
Description: Psychoeducational-support group for women and men recovering from addiction and/or trauma. Concepts covered include: self-compassion, spirituality, authenticity, re-parenting the inner child, play and creativity, mindfulness, and supporting the feminine/masculine aspects of self.
 Dates: Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m., Oct 27 - Dec 15
 Location: 333 Grand Avenue, Suite 206, St. Paul
 Cost: $30 per session
 Contact: Karen Wright, MA, LPC, 651-399-1713,  karen@benevolentjourney.com

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

Resources Offered:

(1) The Shot Clinic: by and for trans folks:
The Transgender Shot Clinic helps trans folks with their hormone shots. We meet every Friday and can help you by administering your shots, teaching you to do the shots yourself and we can give you free needles and supplies. We offer a needle exchange, informational/ support group time and case management. We can hook you up with doctors and help you with different aspects of your transition.
You can contact us with any questions by e-mail: t.eparty@yahoo.com  and our MySpace page:  www.myspace.com/shotclinic
We meet every Friday from 4:30-6pm at 3217 Hennepin Ave, Second Floor

Billy Navarro Jr.
Harm Reduction Health Project's Shot Clinic
Fridays 4:30-6pm
@ 3217 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

(2) Queer Resources in Central MN:

We are excited to announce that Element Mental Health Services has decided to start a newsletter to help LGBTTTIQQA's and organizations/agencies who serve LGBTTTIQQA's identify community resources and activities that can help LGBTTTIQQA individual, couples, and families in Central Minnesota.  To learn more about Element Mental Health Services, please visit us on the web at www. elementmentalhealth.vpweb.com  If you would like to submit articles to be included in our newsletter or events available to LGBTTTIQQA individuals, couples, and families through your organizations or agencies, please submit to elementalhealth@elementalhealth.vpweb.com by the 15th of each month.
Additionally, please submit a request through our website if you wish to be added to our e-newsletter mailing list.
Thank you for your service to the LGBTTTIQQA community,
Troy R Weber-Brown, MS, LAMFT
227 10th Avenue North
Saint Cloud, MN 56303
Fax:  320-259-0791
Resources Requested:
1.  Forensic Psychologist  Am looking for a Forensic Psychologist, per client request per her other therapist, to do a custody evaluation so she can visit her kids w/o supervision. Person needs to be willing to interview both her and her former husband. Previous testing psychologist refused to interview former husband. Prefers East Metro but will go anywhere. Complicated case. Any other recommendations? Thanks. Christine Baldwin, Psy.D., LP, 651.231.4557,  drchristinebaldwin@comcast.net
  2. Insomnia SpecialtyDoes anyone know a psychiatrist who is especially savvy about insomnia? I have a client with severe insomnia complicated by anxiety. Thanks for any referrals you might know.Jill Strunk  jillstrunk@msn.com
Job Posting:

Wayside House has two CD counselor positions open. 
Contact:  Ellie Skelton, MA, CPRP
Executive Director, Wayside House
3705 Park Center Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Wayside House empowers women to recover sobriety, identity, family, home and
community by providing treatment, housing and supportive services.

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

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute presents a free introductory workshop on Thursday, October 22, 6-9pm.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered psychotherapy that utilizes somatic processing as well as cognitive and emotional processing. Trauma profoundly affects the body and many symptoms of traumatized individuals are somatically driven. This therapy offers simple body-oriented interventions for tracking, naming and safely exploring trauma-related somatic activation, creating new competencies and restoring a somatic sense of self.
This introductory workshop will introduce some of the concepts covered in-depth in our Level I Training for the Treatment of Trauma.  A certificate of attendance may be used for CEU's.
The location is 1660 South Highway 100, near 394.
Please call Martha Osterberg at 612-822-3417 for more information or to reserve a spot.

(2)  Mental health advocacy community wide conference:
10/25/09 Sunday
"Coping in Challenging Times" is the theme of the Mental Health Education Project's ninth annual community-wide conference. Keynote speaker, Elyn Saks, is a lawyer, professor and associate dean at the University of Southern California. She has written the book, "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness." Two workshop sessions cover 20 different topics. Concludes with a brief healing service led by Jill Ann Marks, former president of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis. 12:30-6 p.m. Free. Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis. FFI: 952-417-2149 or kramer@visi.com
(3) Reignite Your  Passion  For  Practice

While you earn continuing education credits
Health Source Solutions for Health Care Professionals . . .
Invites you to a day workshop for clinical psychologists,
social workers and professional life coaches.
Foundations of Integral Collaboration
With 27 years of experience
  *Health Source Solutions shows you how integrated medicine systems can
reinvigorate your passion for practice and introduce you to expanded ways
of helping your clients/patients optimize quality of life.
  *Receive  new views of how to provide advanced care with progressive individualized treatment plans that avoid side effects of pharmaceuticals while truly empowering you and your clients.


Jewish Community Center 4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S., St. Louis Pk., 55416
$150 (scholarships available)

(4) Free DBT Educational Event:
DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
When: Tuesday, October 20
 Times: 12 - 1pm OR 7 - 8pm
 Where: Rogers Therapeutic Collaborative
 21000 Rogers Drive Suite 200
 Rogers, MN 55374
 *Location could change depending on amount of attendees.Who: Rogers Therapeutic Collaborative - Please contact one person
 Michelle Hunt-Graham, MA, LMFT www.insideoutlifedevelopment.com  612-750-0011
 Deb Link, MA, LAMFT, LPC www.linktherapyandmediation.com  763-269-6048
 Heidi Waldoch, MA, LAMFT www.bridginghopecounseling.com  763-291-5505
(5) Understanding Complex Trauma, Stabilization and Resource Development:
 EMDRIA Minnesota Regional Meeting
This training is appropriate for anyone who interacts with clients living with the impact of trauma. This workshop will provide a beginning to intermediate level of information.
 Presenters: Sue Evans, M.A., LP and Phyllis Solon, PsyD., LP
 Date: October 22
 Location: Plaza Verde, 1516 E Lake St #301, Minneapolis
 Cost: $100
 Contact: Susan Schaefer, Phd., LP, 233 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis 55403 or HAPforms@gmail.com
(6) Clinical Training in Imago Relationship Therapy for Couples:
Description: Specific strategies in deepening and sharpening skills in effective couple and marital therapy.
 Presenter: Kathleen S. Powell, LCSW, BCD, Imago Relationship Int'l Clinical Instructor from Chicago.
 Dates: Nov. 6-7, 2009
 Location: Twin Cities
 Cost: This workshop is $295 and offers 16 CEU credits.
 Contact: Cheri Desmond May, MSW, LP, Certified Imago Therapist at 651-698-0508, or cheri@desmondmay.com

(7) Beyond Terminology: Gender Inclusive Sex Education:
October 29, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Webster Open Elementary School
425 N 5th Street, Minneapolis

Transgender and gender non-conforming students are in every classroom and every community. Sexual health education is often tied to a binary understanding of gender, rendering transgender people invisible, perpetuating health disparities, and obscuring information that applies to everyone's sexual health. Using gender inclusive strategies is essential in providing quality sex education. This training will help participants build gender competencies in sexual health education via a deep understanding of gender, curriculum adaptations, and the larger context of access and health disparities for trans youth.

For more information and to register, contact Jill Farris at 651-644-1447 x18 or  jill@moappp.org

Sponsored by Annex Teen Clinic, The Birds and Bees Project of Pro-Choice Resources, MOAPPP, Out4Good, Rainbow Health Initiative and Trans Youth Support Network.

Upcoming Events:
(events for our members & our clients)
10th Annual McNaron Lecture:
 Rabbi Stacy Offner
"How Spiritual Outcasts Nurture the Soul"
Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 PM
Humphrey Institute, Cowles Auditorium
 301 19th Ave S, Mpls

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for GLBT Studies & Campus Life is pleased to present the 10th Toni McNaron Lecture in Arts & Culture featuring Rabbi Stacy Offner, Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism. This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow in the Humphrey Atrium.
Rabbi Offner's lecture, How Spiritual Outcasts Nourish the Soul, will explore the parallels between outcast communities: Jews, women, and the LGBT community. Religious communities have always made heros out of outcasts while rejecting the outcast in their midst. Ever since Abraham was marginalized and shunned for being different from his polytheistic family, it has been the outcast who has given birth to new spiritual practice.
 Rabbi Offner will examine the ways in which Jews, women, and LGBT peoples have enriched the dominant culture, even as each community has the potential to exclude others in their own efforts to become normative.
 Rabbi Stacy Offner is the Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism and the Founding Rabbi Emerita of Shir Tikvah Congregation, a Reform congregation serving the Twin Cities. She is the highest-ranking female Jewish clergy in North America. Rabbi Offner became the North Star State's first woman rabbi in 1984. In 1987, she became the nation's first out lesbian to serve in a "mainstream" congregation.Please join us, and help spread the word!
For more information, please contact Beng Chang at schochet@umn.edu or 612-626-2562.

(2) A lesbian themed movie!
starring Sharon Gless:

A feature length film about a lifelong love affair between an independent spirit and the woman she calls home.
7pm. Wed., November 4, 2009
Riverview Theatre
3800 42 Avenue South, Minneapolis
(3)   Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference 2009
Uniting Through Music, In Love & Without  Boundaries

MISSION: The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance strives to build a statewide network of individuals and organizations working for equality and justice on issues of gender and sexual diversity; empower the voices of groups that are underserved and underrepresented in our campus communities; and create welcoming, affirming, and safe environments on college and university campuses throughout the state of Minnesota.    www.mncampusalliance.org
The 4th Annual Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference on November 13-15, 2009 is our premier annual statewide conference that discusses issues facing GLBTA students, staff, and faculty on college and university campuses across Minnesota.

Our theme for the 2009 event is Uniting Through Music, In Love & Without Boundaries

McNally Smith College of Music
19 Exchange Street East
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
Friday, November 13, 2009
Uniting Through Music...
7:00 pm Registration
7:30 pm Opening Symposium
9:00 pm Entertainment
Saturday, November 14, 2009
In love...
On Saturday, join us for a community-building conference featuring keynote trainings, workshop sessions, caucus and mentorship space, and a resource fair.
9:00 am - 5:30 pm Conference Programming at McNally Smith
5:30 pm  - 8:30 pm Dinner & Break
8:30 pm  - Concert at McNally Smith
Sunday, November 15, 2009
And Without Boundaries
9:00 am - Morning Energizing Activity
10:00 am  - Networking Brunch
11:00 am Closing Keynote (Eli Clare)

*Caucuses and Voting for Regional Representatives to the Campus Alliance Executive Board will take place during the conference.
Workshop topics will include gender identity and expression, sexuality, building and maintaining Gay Straight Alliances and other campus organizations, disability and queerness, anti-racism work, economic justice, music, art, technology, and MORE!
The registration fee is $30 for each student, faculty, and staff member, though no one will be turned away for lack of funding. You will receive information about our online registration system through Black Tie Minnesota <http://www.blacktie-minnesota.com/> .  Please keep checking your email checking back at our website for more  information about registration..
(6)  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

Office Space Available:
 Office for Full Rent or Sublet for a Minimum of 3 days/week
Available Nov. 15th. St Louis Park - Miracle Mile Center(Hwy 100 & Excelsior Blvd)This approximately 10 x 12 ' 2nd floor office has lots of natural light and is part of an attractive suite, shared with other experienced, friendly therapists. The location is very accessible, and it is on a bus line with lots of parking. Total rent is $610 with phone line included. Other amenities include: Fully furnished waiting room with gas fireplace, Free parking, Fax machine, Copier, and all paper and toner, Conference room, Wireless Internet, Water dispenser (cold and hot for tea/ chocolate), All utilities, Elevator.Please contact Kathleen Lowry,    
 lowrykathleen@hotmail.com or 952-270-1654

Loring Park 
Beautiful individual office suite with lots of windows, a working fireplace, hardwood floors, 15 feet by 26 feet in a 1932 mansion, completely updated. Rent is $900 per month, including all expenses. Location is just south of downtown Minneapolis on Ridgewood Ave. near Loring Park, with easy freeway access. There are 6 experienced psychologists in the building on the same floor, all in individual practices but with much collaboration.Contact Scott Thorpe at 612.746.1044 for additional rental information; or call Roni Ahern at 612.872.8227 with questions about the working environment.

 Office Sublet Available November 1  
Two-office suite with new carpet, fresh paint and furnishings, waiting room and small kitchen. Located on bus lines near Snelling and University in well-maintained 3-story Hamline Park Plaza professional building with many therapists, body workers, and Hamline University administration. Building is fully accessible with attached free parking ramp and its own private garden. Reasonable rent includes phone, fax, internet, office equipment and property liability insurance. Contact Deb Rich, PhD, LP: 651.431.8506. Flexible! Attractive!

Convenient! Office Space Available

Perfect for starting or growing your business!
 Rent by the hour, day or month!
 Sunny, furnished office available immediately in renovated turn-of-the century building.
 Share a warm and inviting, professional office suite with 3 other offices.
 Fax/copy machine, waiting room, porch, and private backyard and patio are among the
  amenities.+Heat/utilities are paid.
 Convenient S. Mpls location near Lyndale & 35th Street. Easy access to downtown, 35W, and 94.
FFI: Sandee at 612.823.2063.

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:

9/20/09 Sunday New York Times magazine cover article is about coming out in middle school.

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!



Washington, D.C.
 ...For even as we face extraordinary challenges as a nation, we cannot - and we will not - put aside issues of basic equality..I also appreciate that many of you don't believe progress has come fast enough.  I want to be honest about that, because it's important to be honest among friends..My expectation is that when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians - whether in the office or on the battlefield. You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman. You will see a nation that's valuing and cherishing these families as we build a more perfect union - a union in which gay Americans are an important part...

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.

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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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