Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

Volume III, Issue 5

The Network: The MN LGBTQA Therapists eNewsletter
promoting LGBTQA mental health


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Welcome new members!
The Network gained 45 new members during the Conference!

The Conference was a huge success! And an historic event, as it was the first of its kind in the country!

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"

 Yes, as hoped and dreamed, the Conference did sell out! The Thursday night Opening Kick-off Session (sponsored by The Network) set a welcoming, fun and informative tone for the next day. It was so packed in the beautiful Mississippi Room Thursday night that more chairs needed to be brought in!

Friday's conference, with 49 workshops and almost 80 presenters, was, by all accounts, an event to be remembered: informative workshops, networking opportunities galore, diverse and unique topics, old friends and new; It was lively, fun, energizing, affirming and full of rainbow colors everywhere. There was a great mix of community members, clinicians, graduate and undergraduate students. As one participant said: "I don't want this to end!"

Thank you to the presenters, the 30 resource fair participants, the 80 volunteers and committee members, and our co-hosts:  Anne Phibbs and The GLBTA Programs Office of the University of Minnesota & The Queer Student Cultural Center at the University of Minnesota

Because this conference was such an overwhelming success it is looking like there will be another LGBTQ Mental Health Conference in two years. A list of volunteers for 2012 is already accumulating. We need to research and secure a venue that will hold many more people, find another academic partner, and create a fund raising plan. If you have ideas about any of this or want to be involved, please watch here for the date of our community planning meeting. The next one will be bigger and even better!

Workshops & Conferences:
Confidentiality: Complexities, Nuances, and Ethical Challenges for
Mental Health Professionals:
Presenter: Janet T. Thomas, Psy.D., L.P.
Date: April 1, 2010, 9:00-12:00
Cost: $10.00 Continental breakfast and 3.0 CEUs.
Location: Saint Catherine University
RSVP to Kate Flynn at kflynn@prairie-care.com or 612.209.1539. Limited seating

Confidentiality has long been a cornerstone of psychotherapy. Rooted in the Hippocratic Oath, the promise of privacy is considered essential to providing the safety clients require to risk sharing their most personal struggles. Although simple on the surface, complying with the increasingly complex and ever-changing ethics codes, licensing board rules, and laws represents a significant challenge. This workshop will include an overview and update of relevant regulations affecting mental health professionals. Throughout the program, participants will have opportunities to apply concepts using case vignettes and film clips.

Evolution of Consciousness Workshop:
Aslan Institute will host its first Evolution of Consciousness workshop Friday, April 16, from 8am-4pm (6.0 CEUs for LPs). This workshop will give you an overview of the evolution of consciousness as manifested in creation and humanity from the Big Bang to the present, and as replicated in any individual life. We will explore states and stages of consciousness and learn how to conceptualize and treat psychopathology from an evolution of consciousness perspective. This workshop is designed to help you as a professional evolve personally and be of service to a suffering world. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.aslaninst.com/ Aslan_Institute/Evolution_of_Consciousness.html

Contact Lyndall Johnson, L.P.: lyndallj@aslaninst.com or Eloise Erasmus, Ph.D.: eloisee@aslaninst.c

Poetry Therapy Conference
The 30th Annual Conference of the National Association for Poetry Therapy will be held from April 7-11, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Arlington, V.A. (Washington, D.C. - Reagan National Airport). It features a variety of exciting expressive arts therapy workshops, keynote speakers daytrips, entertainment and lots of networking. The conference title for this year is : "Looking Forward, Looking Back, Coming Home: Celebrating Thirty Yeats of Promoting Growth and Wellness through Language, Symbol and Story. FFI: www.poetrythrapy.org

Bisexual Empowerment Conference:

A Uniting, Supportive Experience
Conference Registration is now live! Please click the link on the left to reserve your place today!
Mark your calendar for April 16-18, 2010
Hamline University in St. Paul

The BECAUSE Conference is the premier weekend event in the Midwest for bisexuals, queers, non-mono-sexual, bi-curious, questioning, and all others, regardless of sexual or gender identity.  This conference is open to everyone!

Planning for BECAUSE 2010 is underway -- this is the time to get involved! Email BECAUSEconference@gmail.com  for details.

Minnesota Trans

Health and Wellness Conference:
An educational program on transgender health for primary care and mental health
providers and students

"Identifying Crossroads, Connecting Communities"
 May 14 - 15, 2010

Metropolitan State University
 700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106
 $175 for physicians (MD or DO) with CME credit
         ($200 on-site registration)
 $100 for other providers 
         ($125 on-site registration)
 $25 for non-providers and students 
         ($35 on-site registration)
Register online by May 11

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
3405 Chicago Ave S Suite 3
Minneapolis MN 55407
Presented by:  The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, in conjunction
with the Minnesota Medical Association
"Non-Monogamy Discussion with John Stark"
Event: Non-Monogamy Discussion with John Stark
What: Workshop
Friday, April 2 at 7-9pm
Where: Smitten Kitten Minneapolis

White Privilege and White Supremacy one cell at a time"

Sunday, April 25, 2010 /  10am-5pm.
This workshop is for white people who already have an understanding of white privilege and white supremacy (WP/WS) and want to learn more about how to dismantle WP/WS through embodiment work, education, visioning and practical action. This workshop was first offered in October 2009. The intention of this training is to use critical race content and embodiment exploration to uproot ideologies of white supremacy and systems of white privilege in our lives. This will be done through becoming more conscious around the presence of WP/WS at our deepest selves as well as in our work to end racism. To be clear, this is not about subtly re-centering whiteness, but instead is work we as whites must doin the service of ultimately dismantling the structures of racial oppression in our society, in our work places, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Susan Raffo is a writer, community organizer and craniosacral therapist currently studying with Suzanne River in Global Somatics. Her interest is to bring together embodiment work and experiences with political work and experiences to end oppression and further social justice.
Heather Hackman teaches courses in social justice and multicultural education, heterosexism and homophobia in the US, race and racism in the US, and oppression and social change. While we have been doing this work individually and together for a number of years, we feel it important to note that we are not positioning ourselves as "experts" on the issue of race, racism, white privilege or white supremacy as white supremacy would have us (and any whites doing this work) subtly do. Instead, we are simply attempting to share some of the experience we have gained in doing our own work and working with others around these issues and welcome your contributions to this workshop as we grow together.
Advance registration is required for this workshop - space is limited to 40 participants.
You will get information on where (south Minneapolis) upon registration. Registration is sliding fee $25 to $75 and includes the cost of lunch and materials. Call or email Susan at 612-245-4056 or raffo95@gmail.com or Heather at 612-599-1221 or hwhackman@stcloudstate.edu if you have questions. Please send your registration and payment by Thursday, April 1 to hold your registration.

3rd Annual Transgender & Ally Symposium:
We're pleased to announce that our 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium will be held the weekend of August 13-15, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio!    For more conference info, visit http://www.transohio.org/

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.)
LGBT Recovery Group:
Tuesdays, 7-830pm. St. Cloud Public Library, Rm 259. First meeting 3/23/10
Open meeting for LGBT individuals in recovery. Contact: Chris at 3207615351 or Cassidy at 320.217.1941
New LGBT Crime Victims Support Groups
OutFront Minnesota's Anti-violence Program is still organizing two support groups that will start soon. One group is for GLBTQ victims/survivors of domestic violence and the second group is for GLBTQA crime victims. If you would like more information, please contact OutFront Minnesota's Anti-Violence Program Director, Rebecca Waggoner Kloek, at 616-822-0127 ext. 7656 or rwkloek@outfront.org.Women's Psychotherapy Groups
Music for Self Esteem
Girls Rock N Roll Retreat Girls Rock n Roll Retreat uses electric instruments and the genre of rock music to foster self esteem in girls ages 9-17. Girls learn the joy of accomplishment, working in a team, conflict resolution and the ability to stand up for themselves. Music is a skill they can utilize for the rest of their lives. Music matters. Girls Rock! Details @http:// www.girlsrocknrollretreat.com/ladiesrock
Sara Marck M.S., L.P.
This 6 week in-city retreat (6 Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 pm) for women and men will help participants cope with stress, tap into the source and learn holistic techniques to improve well-being.  As a group, we will use principles of awareness, relaxation, creativity (art & music projects), social bonding, physical well-being and spirituality to create an atmosphere of acceptance and renewal to influence change and balance in everyday life.
Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 and 12, 2010.|
Location: Shenandoah Wellness Center (for map and facilitator bios, see: www.shenandoahwellnesscenter.com
 Led by Gretchen Bueide, MA, LPC and Alice Browne, Music Therapist
Early bird registration fee mailed in by 3/17: $150. Regular registration by 3/24: $180
 email registration to: gretchenbueide@yahoo.com or abmermaid@gmail.com
 Make check payable and mail to Full Spectrum Psychotherapy, Suite 1 at above address.
 Thank you!FFI: Gretchen: 952.544.2288 or Alice: 612.860.6644
 (Further description on www.fullspectrumpsychotherapy.com

Related to Therapy & Therapists:

Therapist for older adult with Parkinson's
I'm looking for a therapist for my mother who has Parkinson's. She is 87. She is looking for a place to talk about how this has impacted her life. She wants someone aware of chronic disease and aging.
Contact: Marjorie Huebner    wren@mm.com       612.242.6646

Group for Support Needed
One of my clients is seeking a group that is focused on recovery of a partner's affair. Please email or phone me if anyone knows of such a group. Thank you. Joan
My email is: jungar@pcspeed.com and my phone is 612.782.9895.

Seeking Support or Therapy Group for Lesbian client:

Does anyone know of a group that would be helpful to one of my clients? She has depression but we are working steadily on that---the main need is finding connection for helpful talk and social time with other older, professional, unpartnered, perhaps introverted bi/lesbian women who just feel isolated much of the time? Please feel free to email me if you have ideas--Scott Bartell LICSW at scottbartellsw@earthlink.net----thanks !

Looking for a gay therapist for an older gay man, who is currently working, and receiving MN Care and Medicare. He has been in therapy before. Contact Dennis Christian, LICSW., DCSW if you are available.  612.940.7033  support@dennischristian.com

Looking for a Therapist:
27 year-old gay male looking for a therapist familiar with GLBT issues. He has Health Partners insurance coverage and lives in Western WI  and would prefer someone who works somewhere between St. Paul and Western, WI       Please contact:  bellbivdevoe12@gmail.com

Looking for a Consultation Group:

1) Looking for peer consultation group to join. Please email Simmie Parlow at parlowpsych@comcast . net or call 651.482.8467.

2) I would like to join a monthly or bi-monthly consultation group with other therapists in the LGBT Therapist Network.  I have been in private practice for about 3 years. My practice consists of individuals and couples, over 70% of whom identify as LGBTQ.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist working in the Uptown area of Minneapolis. If you have room in your group please contact me.
I would also be open to hosting a new group in my office. Contact me at connie@hftherapy.com , 612-275-1657  Thank you, Connie Studer, MA, LMFT


Bisexual Organizing Project: Meeting for Men:
We will be starting a monthly casual meeting for men and male identified members of BOP. We will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Riverview Cafe and Wine Bar, 42nd Avenue S. in Minneapolis. We won't have a set agenda or topic, just folks getting together to talk about being bi, being straight and dating a bi, or any other topic that comes up - who knows, we might even take on politics and religion!
We will be there starting at 7:00 and start to wind things down around 9:00.

PRIDE Institute Outpatient Open House
April 14, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
This is a great time to visit the Minneapolis branch of PRIDE Institute's programming including adult and adolescent chemical dependency, as well as the new affiliate mental health program called PRISM.
PRISM offers individual therapy as well as specialized groups including women's relationship and sexual health, men's sexual health, and body image issues. Psychiatric services are also available through PRISM.
For details and to RSVP, email nsimon@pride-institute.com or call 612-267-9371.

Call for Artists - Wilder Foundation LGBTA Event
Hi all,
The LGBTA Employee Resource Group at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul is hosting a community event in June for LGBT Pride month, and we are looking for artists who would like to help us celebrate the richness of artistic expression going on throughout the Twin Cities LGBT community.
The theme of the event is tied around celebration, growth, and change, and we would like to invite authors, poets, spoken word artists, singers, and artists of all ages and persuasions to join us.
The event will be roughly an hour long, and will be held at the Wilder Center in St. Paul on either June 7th or June 14th from 12pm - 1pm, with food open at 11:30am. We are still unsure what the particular composition of artists will be or how many we'll be able to accommodate within the hour, but we look forward to hearing from you.
Please let me know if you or someone you know might be interested, and I will pass along more information.
Matt Thiede  |  651.280.2734  |  651-280-3700 (fax)  |  www.hmismn.org

Upcoming Events:

Creating Change 2011 in Minneapolis-St. Paul!

The 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change lands in your laps Feb. 2 - 6, 2011 at the beautiful Hilton Minneapolis. Snow or not, sub-zero temperatures or not, CC11 will burn hot like a fire pit at the Hilton Minneapolis.

Please join Sue Hyde and Russell Roybal, CC11 conference planners, and a crew of other staff from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for our first community information meeting about Creating Change 2011.

What:  Community Information Meeting about The 23rd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change
When: Wednesday, March 31
Where: Minnesota Church Center, 122 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Why: Because we all want CC11 to be our best Creating Change ever and you can help make it so!
Who: Sue Hyde, Russell Roybal and staff from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and YOU!

6:30 PM: Lite supper and socializing
7:00 PM: Community information meeting hosted by Sue and Russell

Minnesota Church Center, 122 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
2 blocks west of Franklin Ave. and Nicollet
Public transportation on Franklin Ave. bus route #2
Parking behind the Minnesota Church Center, access from Pillsbury St.; also street parking
Minnesota Church Center is a fully accessible building

ASL Interpreting Services Provided
Please RSVP to creatingchange@thetaskforce.org .

Rainbow Families Conference, April 10
Workshops, affinity groups, children's programming.
full day event geared towards LGBTQ parents, children and parents-to-be.   Minneapolis  www.familyequality.org/conference .
Sprung! A night of queer storytelling:
Women's Prison Book Project Fundraiser, April 10

Help us kick it off at the Bedlam for a happy hour full of story telling.
We have assembled a cast of folks, some who are regular performers and some who are venturing out for the first time to make us laugh, maybe cry, definitely be entertained.
They have the stage for five minutes and are uncensured.
*Please leave children at home, as we do not know content.

Saturday April 10th
Bedlam Theater in the Fireplace Lounge 5 to 7 pm
Admission price: $5.00-$10.00 sliding scale

All proceeds of course will go to the Women's Prison Book Project to mail books to women and trans-identified people in prison.


OutFront Minnesota's justFair Lobby Day

Wednesday, April 21st - State Capitol
Legislative Appointments - all day; Rally for Fairness - 1pm
Minnesota has the largest lobby day in the country for GLBT equality because of your attendance and your help in recruiting your friends and family to speak out for equality.

Judge: No school prom but lesbian's right violated
U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson refused the American Civil Liberties Union's demand to force the Itawamba County school district to put on the April 2 prom. However, he said canceling it did violate 18-year-old Constance McMillen's rights and that he would hold a trial on the issue.
That would come too late for the prom to be salvaged at Itawamba Agricultural High School. Still, Kristy Bennett, ACLU Mississippi legal director, called the decision a victory.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the district to force it to put on the prom and allow McMillen to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. School officials said in U.S. District Court this week that they decided to cancel it because McMillen's challenge to the rules had caused disruptions.
The judge noted that McMillen has been openly gay since she was in the eighth grade and that she intended to communicate a message by wearing a tuxedo and escorting a same-sex date.
"The court finds this expression and communication falls squarely within the purview of the First Amendment," Davidson said.
The 715-student high school is located in Fulton, a town of about 4,000 in rural, north Mississippi. The entire county school district has 3,588 students.
The case is typical of what's happening in schools across the country, said Charles Haynes, senior scholar for The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.
"This case is different because this is not just dress, it is a higher claim of personal identity," Haynes said. "I think that if the student prevails in this case, it will send a message to school districts that they need to accommodate students now who are openly gay and lesbian and want to participate in student activities," Haynes said.
She has appeared on the "The Early Show," "The Wanda Sykes Show" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to talk about how she is fighting for tolerance. DeGeneres presented her with a $30,000 college scholarship from Tonic, a digital media company. A Facebook page set up by the ACLU for McMillen has over 400,000 fans.

Office Space Available:
St Louis Park Office Available
Are you (or someone you know) interested in sub-leasing a beautiful, healing space for therapy or other related work? Located in St Louis Park less than a mile from Lake Calhoun, the office is quiet, with large windows, and a floor plan designed with therapy in mind. One to two days (or 1/2 days) may be available. Please contact Susan Broadwell, Mind-Body Psychotherapy, at 952.922.1848 or at susanebroadwell@yahoo.com for further information.

Edina Office Available

I sub lease at the Edina location (5200 Willson Road, Suite 210) and our group still has space for one or two therapists depending on their space needs.  Jill D. Boike, MSW, LICSW  763.370.7810

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!!

Conference Planning Committee Members:                       
Chairs of the Committees:
Irene Greene, Conference Co-Chair
Anne Phibbs, Conference Co-Chair
Owen Konecnik, Program & Resource Fair
Connie Studer, Publicity
Dennis Christian, Thursday Opening Event
Tom Glaser, Conference Evaluation
Trisha Falvey, Co-chair, Volunteer Appreciation
Diane Johnson, Co-chair, Volunteer Appreciation
Christy Rushfeldt, Volunteer Coordinator
Cheryl Mahoney, Fundraising
And all of the 80 volunteers who helped make this conference a raving success!

Quote of the Day:
 "There are dreams of love, life and adventure in all of us. But we are also sadly filled with reasons why we shouldn't try. These reasons seem to protect us, but in truth they imprison us. They hold life at a distance. Life will be over sooner than we think. If we have bikes to ride and people to love, now is the time."
                                                                                ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychiatrist

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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