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MN LGBT Therapists Network News February 2011
15+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. IV, Issue 2    

Save the Date!!  CEU Workshop!
 LGBTQ Trauma: Clinical Theory and Practice: A Workshop on PTSD in the Queer Communities 

When: Friday, April 8, 2011; 9-12
Where: Plymouth Congregational Church
Sponsors:  Pride Institute & LGBT Therapist Network
CEUs available. More information to follow.

LGBT Friendly
Support and Therapy Group Listings
New Group Listings!!
For more Groups listed previously

Click here for the December 2010 Newsletter

Coming Out Group for "Older" Women & Women Who Have Been Married to Men
Psycho-educational support group for women who are "coming out" later in life as bisexual or lesbian or asa woman attracted to women or questioning 
The group will meet for 14 consecutive weeks for 75 minutes/session.
Group starts in March 2011. Day & time to be determined.  Few spots left. Call now for Intake Session.
Fee: Intake Session: $120. Group is $45 per each group session. 5% discount if paid in full. Sliding fee scale available.
Each group member will be given a group outline, bibliography, and resource list.
Call for more information and to schedule a personal Intake Session.
Free phone consult.
Group developed & facilitated by: Irene Greene, M.S.Ed. Psychotherapist
28 years experience
100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
For more information: 612.874.6442. 
Q20: An Embodied Self-Care Support Group  NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS & DONATIONS
is a group for people in their 20s who are out, coming out, or figuring out sexual and gender identities & building queer community. It's a new take on support groups because it incorporates body work & other self care healing tools. Participants will learn and practice self-care with peers & facilitators, and gain access to self-care resources in the Twin Cities. Modalities explored will include acupressure, somatic movement re-patterning, self-defense, trauma recovery, and other healing tools.
 If you are interested get your application in ASAP! we have a few spots left! 

WHEN: Tuesdays from 7-9pm, February 15th - May 10th, 2011
New Queer Collective Space- 3405 Chicago Ave Minneapolis, MN
WHY: To support healthy questioning, coming out, & queer community building
COST: $10/ session or $100 upfront for participants paying out of pocket.
$100-$500 for participants with institutional sponsorship.
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Questions? Contact Molly at Q20msp@gmail.com or 651-492-6636.

 $$$ We are seeking financial support for the project through tax deductible donations and sponsorship. If you or your organization is able to support Q20 or a specific Q20 participant, please contact Maryrose at 651-210-4465 or  . Make checks out to the Aegis Foundation with Q20 in subject line and mail to Q20 c/o Aegis Foundation, 4500 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407.   Website: Q20msp.wordpress.com 

A new Day Treatment program for Depression and Anxiety
Water's Edge Counseling & Healing Center
Mon, Wed and Thurs Day Treatment Program
Depression & Anxiety Group: Tuesdays 4:00-5:15pm
It is appropriate for individuals with and without an eating disorder. We have started to expand our focus at Water's Edge CHC to not only be on eating disorders (we continue to offer all the same programming for those diagnoses) but to also include depression, anxiety, trauma, and OCD. The day treatment program is appropriate for anyone who has long-term dysthymia, moderate-severe depression/anxiety, mild depression that is not lifting and you assess them to need more support/education, & trauma survivors who would benefit from psycho-education, skills teaching and support to learn how to better manage their symptoms.

Kim Bushman, PhD, LP
1755 Southcross Dr. W
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 898-5020 ext .20

Women Grieving Women
Support group for lesbian women who have experienced the death of a partner in the past two years. The death may be from any cause and is not limited to illness or care at home. 
Feb 22 - March 29, 2011, 6:30 - 8 pm, Midway location
Six weeks, total fee $25.00 to register.
Offered by Allina Home and Community Services hospice grief resources - Judy Young, MEd, experienced professional facilitator and counselor, 612-262-7026, or email judy.Young@allina.com for questions.
 Please call Allina Grief Resources to register. 651-628-1752.
Register early, requires six participants to proceed.

Support Group for GLBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
A peer facilitated support group for people who identify as LGBTQ and who have experienced any forced or unwanted sexual contact.   
All meetings are closed and confidential.  
Next group in February or March of 2011.  Currently taking names from people who may be interested in joining.
Contact:  612.871.5111 or 612.871.5100 ext. 14 to get on our waiting list.  
Sexual Violence Center
3757 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412.  
There are no fees as we are a non-profit agency.    
Megan Close
Direct Services Program Coordinator
Sexual Violence Center
612.871.5100 ext.14
612.871.1550 (fax)
Bisexual Organizing Project's Chic Chat Gathering
What: informal conversation and friendship          Date:   First Saturday of each month.      Time:   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm                                         Location:   The Wilde Roast                                Street:   518 E Hennepin Ave                                City State Zip:   Minneapolis, MN                                                      Phone:   (612) 331-4544                        Notes:   Women-identified only event.
Come join us for conversation and friendship!                    
Organized by: Twin Cities Bisexual Organizing Project        

Gender Exploration Group
This group welcomes young people who are exploring their own gender identity and wish to do so in the company of other youth.    
Typical topics include decision making related to medical intervention, family relationships, communication, sex and love.  Open to:  Youth 13-25 years old exploring their gender identity.  Please call 612-235-6743 to request an intake prior to participation. 
Date & Time:  Thursdays from 7pm-9pm
Location:  RECLAIM - 3217 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Most major insurance plans accepted. Recommended fee for service for those without insurance is the equivalent to what the client earns per hour; no one will be turned away due to lack of access to resources.  
Facilitators: Janet Bystrom, LICSW, Trained Volunteer and Intern
Contact Info: 
reclaim.lgbtyouth@gmail.com; 612-235-6743

RECLAIM Families Group 
RECLAIM Families is a support group for youth exploring their gender identity and the people who love them.  Our meetings consist of one shared hour and one hour in which youth and their support people break into separate groups. Topics addressed might include comfort with names and pronouns, safety, medical decision making, and talking with extended family, etc. 
Open to:  Youth who are exploring their gender identities and the people who love them.
Date & Time:  2nd Saturday of every month from 1pm-3pm.
Please call 612-235-6743 to request an intake prior to participation.
Location: RECLAIM - 3217 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Contact Info:  reclaim.lgbtyouth@gmail.com; 612-235-6743  
Fee:  Donations are gratefully accepted
Facilitators:  Trained community volunteer

Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats

Minnesota Family Based Services Association
Family-Centered/Strength Based
29th Annual Conference
February 18, 2011

Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud, Minnesota 
MFBSA is excited to announce our 29th Annual Statewide Conference. MFBSA is providing home based, family centered training for all Family Based Workers throughout the state of Minnesota.
This conference is of interest to all who provide family-centered strength-based services, including in-home workers, skills counselors, licensed mental health professionals, clinical supervisors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychologists, foster care providers, mental health case managers, foster/adoptive/kinship parents and providers, social work and counseling student and interns.
Registration Cost:

$ 160 Standard Registration
$75 Student
For more information contact Jason Smith at mnfamilybased@yahoo.com.  

Treating Tobacco Dependence in Mental Health Settings
11 & 12, 2011   and
November 10 & 11, 2011 

13.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits Available

Offered since 2006, this 2-day Continuing Medical Education program was specifically designed to provide psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric advance practice nurses & other mental health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and treat tobacco dependence in smokers with mental illness. Registration fee is $300.00. Fee covers all materials, parking breakfast / lunch / snacks each day, continuing education credit and certification costs.
For more information or to register for the conference, go to http://ccoe.umdnj.edu/catalog/medical/12MR01.htm  

Heart to Heart Couples Enrichment Weekend

March 11 - 13, 2011
Heart to Heart is a retreat for couples sponsored by Unity Church-Unitarian. The weekend is designed to enrich intimacy in your relationship by emphasizing personal reflection and couple dialogue.

Cost for the weekend, including housing and all meals, is $385. Thanks to the generosity of previous participants, scholarships are available. To register, or for further information, please visit our web site http://heart.mn.cx, or cheri@desmondmay.com at 612-722-3304. Space is limited to the first 15 couples who send in completed registration forms/payments. The weekend regularly fills, but there is a waiting list available.

To view a complete information sheet click here
(PDF - Requires Adbobe Reader)  

Call for Workshop Presenters   for
16th Annual Rainbow Families Conference
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Anwatin-Bryn Mawr School, 256 Upton Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 

Proposals must be received by February 18, 2011 

To view a complete information sheet click here  
(PDF - Requires Adobe Reader)

White Privilege Conference 2011
April 13-16, 2011
Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis
The national White Privilege Conference  (WPC) is coming to Minneapolis! WPC serves as an annual opportunity to examine and explore issues of white privilege, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, and other systems of privilege/oppression. It provides participants the opportunity to get honest about the type of culture in which we live, and the advantages that accrue to some but not others. Through workshops, keynotes, films and community-building opportunities, the WPC offers a means to develop and sustain ongoing work to dismantle this system of white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression. For more information, visit the  White Privilege Conference website or contact wpc12info@gmail.com. Hosted by the Minnesota Justice Collaborative and sponsored by the GLBTA Programs Office.
Minnesota Trans Health & Wellness Conference
September 10-11, 2011
South High School, Mpls
Save the Date!!


MaleSurvivor Level I Weekend of Recovery
"Dare to Dream"
Center for New Beginnings, Dahlonega, Georgia
May 13-15, 2011
MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery are open to any man, 18 or older, who has been sexually victimized as a child and/or as an adult 

Level I Weekends:

  • March 25-27 Sequoia Retreat Center, Santa Cruz, California <Full>
  • May 13-15 Center for New Beginnings, Dahlonega, Georgia (1 hour north of Atlanta)
  • July 15-17 Kempenfelt Conference Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 21-23 Hope Springs Institute, Peebles, Ohio

Advanced Weekend of Recovery: Open to Alumni of any Level I Weekend of Recovery.

  • Sept 9-11 Alta Lodge, Alta, Utah
  • Theme to be Announced in Spring, 2011

 5505 Connecticut Avenue NW
PMB 103
Washington, District of Columbia 20015
Since 1994 MaleSurvivor has been providing multiple services to male survivors of sexual abuse, their family/friends and the therapeutic community. MaleSurvivor is a volunteer run 501(c)3 organization.

Inner Peace Therapy & Yoga (Now Open!) 
Deb Hennen-Bergman, M.A. LMFT
8100 Penn Ave S., Suite 104
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952-457-8557

Bisexuality Invisibility Report Makes History:
"Despite   and being the largest population within the LGBT community, the needs of bisexuals still go unaddressed and their very existence is still called into question. This erasure has serious consequences on bisexuals' health, economic well-being, and funding for bi organizations and programs."  http://visible.bisocialnetwork.com/bisexual-invisibility-report-makes-history/ 

Midwest Meditation and Psychotherapy Institute

Dear Colleagues and friends,
I'm writing to let you know of the launching of a new venture I've been part of planning for the last year.  The
Midwest Meditation and Psychotherapy Institute is being formed as an effort to expand training opportunities in the midwest region for psychotherapists who are interested in the intersection of Buddhist psychology and meditative practices with our western psychotherapy approaches.  We plan to offer a variety of training events and consultation services as we evolve, and are very excited about the possibilities.
On April 2, 2011, we are sponsoring a day long training - "Finding Freedom from Difficult Emotions: An Experiential Workshop for Psychotherapists" - with Phillip Moffitt of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  This workshop is a launching event and fundraiser for the fledgling Institute, and we'd love to have you attend.  Phillip is a well known author and Buddhist teacher, and is now Co-Guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. 
(See http://www.spiritrock.org/display.asp?pageid=40&catid=4&scatid=8 for more background on Phillip.)  
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and to pass this email along to other mental health colleagues and   related professions who work with clients and patients, you think might be interested. I hope to see you on April 2nd!
Warm wishes,
Merra Young 
Did you know that February 14 is National Condom Day?
Looking for Referrals?
In these hard economic times people need therapy more than ever but do not have the funds to pay our fees. I have two very talented marriage and family therapy interns working in my practice and seeing clients under supervision for reduced fees. Consider referring potential clients to my website to view their profiles. As always we offer a free 30 minute consultation to assure a good fit. Connie Studer, MA, LMFT  http://www.heteroflexibletherapy.com  


Are you a Gender Non-Conformist?
Research Study
As a gender non-conformist I am exploring how the binary identities of woman and man don't really fit - and I need your help. Everyone constantly navigates gender expectations and socially acceptable stereotypes - but genderqueer, transgender, and other gender non-conforming people are especially aware of, and have to deal with, the impact of gender in everyday life. I am especially interested in how gender is disrupted and perpetuated through everyday interactions.
For my dissertation at UC Davis I am conducting interviews about gendered experiences and also accompanying gender non-conforming people to observe their conversations and interactions with others. I would be interested in interviewing you and, if you feel comfortable, watching how others interact with you in your daily life. I offer genuine interest in your life experiences. Together we can explore how the gender binary operates and how it can be challenged.
To participate or if you have questions, please contact: Jaime Becker at jsbecker@ucdavis.edu
or by phone 908-892-5849.
Research Study: Latina/o lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals:
Hello! My name is Brandon Velez, and I am a graduate student in the University of Florida's Psychology Department. I am conducting a study that I hope will contribute to understanding the experiences and well-being of Latina/o lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Participation will involve completing a survey online and will take approximately 30 minutes. Because your participation is very important to this goal, I hope that you will set aside time to complete this study.
If you would like to participate and you identify as a woman, please follow this link:
If you would like to participate and you identify as a man, please follow this link:
Thank you VERY much in advance for your time and effort! If you have any question about this study, please feel free to contact me at
This research has been approved by the University of Florida's Institutional Review Board (UFIRB#2010-U-0579).
Brandon Velez, B.S.

Female Bisexual identity research project
I am a clinical psychology doctoral student at Argosy University Twin Cities. In order to meet my degree requirements, I am conducting a Clinical Research Project (CRP). The title of my CRP is "Female Bisexual Identity: A Qualitative Study on the Process of Bisexual Identity."
I am specifically looking for subjects between 18 and 30 years of age and subjects who are over 40 years of age, who identify as bisexual, in however you might define or understand that to meet with me in person for a 1-2 hour interview.
Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 612.634.1328 ormmerchant.research@gmail.com 
Martha Merchant

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Let's all get to know each other!!

Just in case you haven't ever read this:

APA Council of Representatives Passes Resolution on So-Called Reparative Therapy Resolution Raises Ethical Concerns About Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation, Reaffirms Psychology's Opposition to Homophobia and Client's Rights to Unbiased Treatment
(Chicago, August 14, 1997). The Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association (APA) has passed a resolution affirming four basic principles with regard to treatments to alter sexual orientation, so-called conversion or reparative therapies. 
*Homosexuality is not a mental disorder and the APA opposes all portrayals of lesbian, gay and bisexual people as mentally ill and in need of treatment due to their sexual orientation;
*Psychologists do not knowingly participate in or condone discriminatory practices with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients;
*Psychologists respect the rights of individuals, including lesbian, gay and bisexual clients to privacy, confidentiality, self-determination and autonomy;
*Psychologists obtain appropriate informed consent to therapy in their work with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients.
The resolution further states that the APA "urges all mental health professionals to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientation."
Supporters of the resolution, which passed the APA Council overwhelmingly by a voice vote, believed that it was critical for the Association to make such a statement due to the questions of the ethics, efficacy and benefits of conversion therapy, which are now being debated within the profession and within society as a whole.
"Our concern," stated Douglas Haldeman, Ph.D., President of APA's Society for the Psychological Study Of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues, "is that a person, especially a young person, who enters into therapy to deal with issues of sexual orientation should be able to have the expectation that such therapy would take place in a professionally neutral environment absent of any societal bias. Additionally, therapists should be providing clients with accurate information about same-sex sexual orientation. This resolution reasserts the profession's commitment to those two principles."
The APA Council of Representatives is the major legislative and policy-setting body of the organization. The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 151,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 50 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 58 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.

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