Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

Volume II, Issue 23

The Network: The MN LGBTQA Therapists eNewsletter


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The Network eNewsletter:
Advertise your business in this eNewsletter!  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?  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!

NEXT ISSUE: Tuesday, November 24. Submissions due by: Fri., 11/20.
Contact the editor: irenegreene@earthlink.net
CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE: www.LGBTtherapists.org - You will find individual listings of all of our members, their expertise, contact information, and services!
Past eNewsletters are archived on our website.

Groups Offered:
Group notices list for two consecutive issues.  (Do you have a group you want to advertise here? Free. Contact us. Review past archived eNewsletters on our website for more groups.)

A non-profit agency in South Minneapolis.
Relationships Group, Transitions Group & Self-Growth Group.
For more information contact      612.822.8227
(2) Psychotherapy Group Openings:  Openings in a psychotherapy mixed gender group that meets Mondays, 6:00 - 7:40 pm. This is an on-going, psychodynamic psychotherapy group. Contact: Nancy Ruppenthal, LICSW, LMFT at 612.789.2653.
(3) New LGBT Group for Individuals in Recovery: St. Cloud area. For more information: call  Cassidy  320-217-1941. 
(4) Married Men's Group:
Date:   Wednesday October 28, 2009    
Time:   4:30 pm  - 6:00 pm                                 
Repeats:   This event repeats every month on the last Wednesday.                             
Location:   Confidential - call 612-348-9100 for prescreening and place          www.himprogram.org
(5) Gay & Bi Men's discussion group to start soon:
We are planning to begin on Thursday, November 5.  So if you (or perhaps your friends) are interested, just let me know and I can send out some more
information.  The group is 6 weeks long on Thursday Nights starting at 6pm. # weeks in November- break for Thanksgiving- and then 3 weeks in December.
 And yes, it is free.

Charles Tamble   charles.table@co.hennepin.mn.us
The HIM Program
One of the Red Door Services of the
Hennepin County Public Health Clinic
525 Portland Ave- 4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55415
work 612-348-9100

HIM Program sponsored websites:
(6) WOMEN BUILDING RECOVERY GROUP:  10 WEEKS 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.

Related to Therapy & Therapists:
Resources Offered & Resources Requested

Resources Offered:

(1) For Men Who Have Sex with Men: Experience the Man2Man Recovery session, catered to those in need of rediscovering
themselves. Engage with other like-minded men in a setting that promotes harm-reduction
and become acquainted with recovery options as needed.
Man2Man is a two-day sexual health seminar for men who have sex with men (MSM). Men
talking amongst each other and professionals about sexual health issues that matter. Explore
and learn about your sexuality, spirituality and relationships in a comfortable environment.
find yourself, and be proud
November 15th-16th, 2009
PRIDE Institute | 14400 Martin Dr | Eden Prairie, MN
1.800.552.8636 | UM, HDS, PRIDE, HIPS, M2M -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Resources Requested:
1. Consultation Group wanted:
A peer consultation group has begun in the Western Minneapolis suburbs. We are open, for the next couple of months, to receiving more participants. The meetings will take place on Friday afternoons or Tuesday evenings. If interested contact  goodfisch@aol.com or call 952-288-5335. Hoping to hear from you, Barbara

2. Therapist Wanted:
I'm Michael Norman and have a client who needs to find a Lesbian-identified therapist through the HCMC network?  Do you know of anyone who would fit?
Michael Norman, LICSW
Clinical Supervisor,
Community Involvement Programs,
612-362-4459  mnorman@CIPMN.ORG

3. Therapist Wanted:  I am looking for queer sensitive therapists in the Health Partners network, including couples therapists, for referrals. Call Martha Osterberg at 612-822-3417 mosterberg50@comcast.net  

Conferences, Classes & Workshops:
(These notices will run here for two issues. Review past archived eNewsletters on our website for additional conferences & workshops.)
(1)  Moving the Weight Paradigm from Dread and Failure to Balance and Health: Promoting Healthy Body Image, Eating, Fitness, and Weight:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
 $175.00 / $60.00 for students, and offers 7 CEU credits
 FFI: www.movingmountains4health.com
(2) A VERY SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Putting Clients First
Barry Duncan, PsyD;Noted Clinician & International Trainer
Friday, February 5, 2010
 It doesn't matter what model of therapy you use; the Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed (CDOI) approach has been proven by research to improve outcomes and reduce drop-outs by up to 65%. Hundreds of organizations and innumerable private practitioners are seeing the benefits from this revolutionary, simple technique.
 For the first time, Barry Duncan, co-developer of CDOI, will be in the Twin Cities to show how to apply this technique. This one-day workshop tells you everything you need to know to make it part of your therapeutic repertoire. Can you afford not to apply this to your practice?
 Early Bird Deadline: Dec. 15th
Details & Registration at
This seminar has C.E. approval from the MFT Board (others see website)

Upcoming Events:
Don't miss the regional premiere of the powerful new documentary STRAIGHTLACED.
Candid interviews with more than 50 teens from diverse backgrounds give a fearless look at a highly charged subject.
STRAIGHTLACED unearths how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. Their stories reflect a diversity of experiences, demonstrating how gender role expectations and homophobia are interwoven, and illustrating the different ways that these expectations connect with culture, race and class. From girls confronting media messages about culture and body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, this fascinating array of students opens up with brave, intimate honesty about the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all our lives. Every teen, parent and educator of teens should see this extraordinary film!
Date: Monday November 16, 2009
Time: 7:30 p.m.  (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
 VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. with the director precedes the screening
Location: Children's Theatre Company
 2400 Third Ave So, Minneapolis
 (adjacent to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
Tickets: Purchase online or at the door. (Order early; expected to sell out.)
 Online orders: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/85167
 $15 General admission
 $8  Student/educator
 $50 VIP (screening + 6:30 reception)

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, November 20, 2009
7:00 P.M.
Spirit of the Lakes United  Church  of  Christ
2930 13th Avenue South
(NW corner of  13th  Avenue  and  Lake Street )
Minneapolis,  MN 554072
This memorial service recalls the lives of those killed in the past 12 months due to anti-transgender violence
TransVoices will sing as part of the program
For more information call Barbara Satin 612-670-1978

(3) Survivor's of Suicide Day Saturday, November 21
 1:00 - 4:30 PM
 Free of Charge
 Center for Grief, Loss and Transition at 1129 Grand Avenue St. Paul
 FFI: 651.641.0177
(4)  Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers!
17th December.
Sex workers around the world will call out to End Violence Against All Sex Workers!!!

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!! 

LGBT News Bits:

(1) The Way We Live Now: What's Good for the Kids http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/magazine/08fob-wwln-t.html As the gay-marriage debate plays out on the public stage, a more private debate is taking place in kitchens and bedrooms over who does what in a heterosexual marriage.
(2) Federal Hate Crimes Bill Signed into Law
October 28, 2009
Out & Equal applauds new law protecting LGBT Americans from hate crimes
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates applauds President Barack Obama's signing into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which will strengthen federal hate crimes legislation by expanding coverage to include crimes based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.  
This is the first federal law in the nation's history that is specifically inclusive of the full lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a historic and significant move in the LGBT civil rights movement, signaling a new era in this country in which everyone can be treated equally.

"History is being made by federal leaders who are taking a stand to protect the LGBT community from the hate-motivated violence that has existed for far too long," said  Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry. "We celebrate this milestone, but we can't forget the people - Mathew Shephard, James Byrd, Jr., Gwen Araujo and thousands of others - who have been victims of hate because of who they are."

"We hope that federal leaders' decision to protect LGBT Americans from hate-motivated crimes sets the course for federal policies that will protect the LGBT population on all fronts, including discrimination in the workplace through the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act," Berry said. "We're on the cusp of achieving the protections and equitable rights that countless people before us have sought, and we can't stop now. We must continue contacting our Congressional delegates to gain their support, and ultimately assuring that every LGBT person - whether it's you, your son, daughter, brother, sister, mother or father - can live their lives without fear."

"The Network" & UM's GLBTA Program's Office
Conference Information

The proposal deadline has passed. Some folks have contacted us and asked if they could still submit a proposal. While we have received several interesting  proposals, we are open to receiving more. The sooner the better.
Conference registration is online starting December 1. Register early to receive the early registration discount. We anticipate that the conference will sell out.

Please Distribute & Post and Cut and Paste...Send to your colleagues (queer and straight)...from near and far.

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 
                                    Opening Night Reception: Thursday, March 25 (presented by The MN
                                     LGBT Therapists' Network)

Conference 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

General Conference Information:
This cutting edge conference will offer 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.

Register starting DECEMBER 1 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!

"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; (930am - 130pm & 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.

2010 Conference Notes:

(1) 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

(2) 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. WE WILL HAVE MORE COMMITTEES & DO NEED MORE


Conference Planning Committee Members:                       
MN LGBTQA Therapists' Network Members of the Committee:
Irene Greene, Conference Co-Chair
Owen Konecnik, Chair, Conference Program Materials
Bonnie Burg, Chair, Program & Proposal Committee
Tom Glaser
Connie Studer
Kate Lehmann
Dennis Christian, Chair, Thursday Opening
Velma Wagner
Mindy Benowitz, Chair, Resource Fair
Trisha Falvey
White Ash, web site
Phil Oxman

University of MN Members of the Committee:
UM GLBT Programs Office:
Anne Phibbs, Conference Co-Chair
Ross Aalgaard, web site
Beng Chang
Shawyn Lee
Remy Corso
Sarra Beckham-Chasnoff, University Counseling & Consulting Center

Community Members of the Committee:
Manzar Lari
Pam Cosby
Nicky Simon, PRIDE Institute
Christy Rushfeldt, Hamline
Cheryl Mahoney, Fundraising

Consultants to Date:
Sam McClure, Quorum
Loretta Worthington, Rainbow Health Initiative

We welcome more members. contact: irenegreene@earthlink.net

Office Space Available:
Office spaces (two) available in the beautiful Lowry Rose Building  22nd and Dupont, just off Hennepin.  Great for therapist offices. Available space is handicap accessible. Rental includes utilities, janitorial service, 24-hour access, FAX, furnished waiting area, communal kitchen and bathroom (with shower!). Great front porch for informal gathering! Wi-fi and copier services available.  Easy access from highways 394, 94, and 35W and numerous bus lines. Many neighborhood amenities, including nearby Lake of the Isles, bike paths, coffee shops and restaurants, grocery and drug stores.  For further information, contact Julie at 612-991-8229.

Office for rent in a newly remodeled, quiet, professional building
at 35th Street and Lyndale Avenue S.  The building is designed for therapists and body workers. It has a nicely furnished waiting room, FAX and copy machine, phone line, kitchenette, hot and cold water cooler for tea etc.  There is a back yard with a vegetable garden and an outdoor sitting area. The office is 10' x 14', with a built in separate area for your desk and files. It has nice natural light with operable windows and cross ventilation, hardwood floors and has good sound proofing. The rent is $500 per month and it's available November 1.   Please contact Anita at 952-926-7063. anita@anitadoyle.com

Office For Rent (Part-time)
Beautiful new office for rent part-time in the Shenandoah Wellness Center, a neighborhood hub of holistic health in south Minneapolis. Completely renovated building at 48th & Chicago. Possibility to do marketing with the group. My office (for rent part-time) has large windows, a high ceiling, healing themed art, and comfortable/stylish furniture suitable for individuals, couples and families. Renovated building with bamboo and cork flooring, and reused materials. A stone patio greets clients at the entrance. Pleasant waiting area, dark-stained woodwork, blue light sconces, mirrors, a kitchenette, and tiled bath. Rent is 150. for 4 weekdays a month or 300. for 8 weekdays a month. Flexible and negotiable. Possible half-days or weekend days too.Gretchen Bueide
 952.544.2288    gretchenbueide@yahoo.com

 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.


"Mommy, how come some people think there is something wrong with being gay? Are they afraid of it being different?"     - an 8 year old

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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