Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

Volume II, Issue 24

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 148(!) LGBTQA psychotherapists and organizations, and is growing every week!  Become a member! FIND YOURSELF ON OUR WEBSITE!

NEXT ISSUE: Tuesday, December 8. Submissions due by: Fri., 12/4.
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 November 25, 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

Related to Therapy & Therapists:
Resources Offered & Resources Requested

Therapists Needed for NAMI Survey:
 LGBTQ Cultural Competence Survey for Mental Health Providers
NAMI Minnesota is asking mental health providers around the state to complete a quick online survey, developed in partnership with students from the College of St. Scholastica. 
The purpose of the survey is to begin the process of accessing the cultural competence of providers in regards to their knowledge of LGBTQ persons.

NAMI has asked for our specific participation in a quick online survey and asks that LGBT Therapist Network members indicate their membership in The Network on the survey.
If the above link doesn't work for you, please contact Roxanne for the survey monkey address.
Roxanne Anderson
Crisis Project Director
NAMI Minnesota

Resources Offered:
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:
(1) Silence = Suicide: A spoken word HIP HOP Showcase in observance of World AIDS Day
Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Pillsbury House
3501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis
Cost: Donation/Pay what you can
Free food, rapid HIV testing (same day), safer sex information, priceless connections. FYI: Kevin MOore moorek@puc-mn.org   612.787.3641
BCM612/Pillsbury United Communities/MN Department of Health.
Open Call for GLBT Performers in 2010
Patrick's Cabaret, Minneapolis, is now taking submission for the following shows in 2010:
Transgender Cabaret - March 19-20th
Bisexual Cabaret - April 23-24th
We're looking for 5-15 minute sets of performance art:
Dance, Comedy, Music, Spoken Word, Poetry...whatever.
Please send submissions to Arturo Miles at: arturo@patrickscabaret.org

And don't miss any of our upcoming 2009 shows!
THE PRE-FiXE CABARET on November 20-21st @ 8PM
SOMEWHAT 90'S VARiETY SHOW on December 4-5th @ 8PM
KiNETiC KiTCHEN on December 11-12th @ 8PM

(3) Bisexual Organizing Project   (BOP)       
Title:   BOP - Bi's Eat Out Dinner Event  - Black Forest Inn         
Date:   Tuesday November 24, 2009    
Time:   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm                                               
Location:   1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis                                Please RSVP to frehseaccount@gmail.com at least 2 days in advance.  We must have RSVPs so we can give an accurate count for our reservation.  

(4)  Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers!
17th December, 2009
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!! 

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

We have received over 65 incredible proposals from all over the USA & Canada. Proposal selection is very competitive. We have room for up to 40 workshops and the proposal review committee plans to make their final decisions by mid-December.
Conference registration is online starting mid-December. Register early to receive the early registration discount. We anticipate that the conference will sell out. We have made arrangements to expand our registration capacity to 300!

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 up to 40 workshops that will explore changing paradigms in research and clinical practice as they relate to our understandings of diverse sexual and gender identities, as well as to issues of race, class, ability and sexual practices. This one day conference is committed to challenging stereotypes and bias, providing current mental health information, expanding perspectives, and engaging participants in the areas of clinical work, research and community involvement. This conference will be of particular interest to mental health professionals, health care practitioners, researchers in the health sciences, educators, and students in these fields and is open to any and all interested lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer and allied individuals. CEUs in these fields will be available.

Keynote Speaker:
Katherine "Kit" Rachlin, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in New York and a certified sex therapist. She is an experienced clinician as well as an energetic advocate for transgender people, their families and partners. Kit has served on the board of directors of organizations such as FTM-International and The Harry Benjamin Association/World Professional Association for Transgender Health. A member of the American Psychological Association's Taskforce on Gender Identity, she is the author of many published papers and book chapters on transgender health and well being.

For more information:
MN LGBT Therapist Network at www.lgbttherapists.org
University of MN GLBTA Programs Office at www.glbta.umn.edu (register online starting mid-December)

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 300+ 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 Network Steering Committee or Conference Planning sub-committees or come to meetings!  We need help and ideas!

Next Conference Planning Committee Meetings: 
Fri., 12/11: 12-2pm at UM Coffman Union
Fri., 1/8: 12-2pm at Common Roots
Wed., 2/17: 9-11am at Common Roots
Fri., 3/5: 12-2pm at Common Roots
Fri, 3/19: 12-2pm at UMApplyby Hall
Sat., 12/5: 11-3pm place to be determined
Fri., 12/18: 2-5pm at Lunds Uptown - meeting room
Sat., 1/9: 11-2pm place to be determined.

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, & 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, <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 & Written Materials, Chair, Owen Konecnik (owen@counselorminneapolis.com )
3. Workshop Proposal Review Committee: Anne & Irene
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 Committees:
Irene Greene, Conference Co-Chair
Owen Konecnik, Chair, Conference Program Materials
Dennis Christian, Chair, Thursday Opening Kick-off
Mindy Benowitz & Owen Konecnik, Co-Chairs, Resource Fair
Tom Glaser
Connie Studer
Kate Lehmann
Velma Wagner
Trisha Falvey
White Ash, web site
Phil Oxman

University of MN Members of the Committees:
UM GLBTA Program's Office:
Anne Phibbs, Conference Co-Chair
Ross Neely, web site
Beng Chang
Shawyn Lee
Sofia Ramirez
Shawn Mason  
Sarra Beckham-Chasnoff, University Counseling & Consulting Center

Community Members of the Committees:
Manzar Lari
Pam Cosby
Nicky Simon Burton, PRIDE Institute
Christy Rushfeldt, Hamline
Cheryl Mahoney, Fundraising
Thea Lee
Roxanne Anderson, NAMI
Ross Aalgaard,Westminster Counseling Center
Janelle Carle, St. Mary's 

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

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

Office Space Available:
Office Space Available for Animal-Assisted Therapist
Rent by the hour, day or month-- perfect for starting or growing your business! Unique opportunity for those who provide animal-assisted therapy in animal-friendly office space with fenced back yard. Share a warm and inviting, furnished professional office suite with 3 other offices in a sunny renovated turn-of-the century building. 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 srdaly@msn.com .

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.


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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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 If you are not a member, please become one! Each month we gain more members! We are now near 147! YIPPEE!  Thanks always for supporting LGBT Therapists!

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