Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

In This Issue:

Events that the LGBT Therapists network is co-sponsoring and resource fair tabling:
  • The Trauma of Discrimination: Politics are Getting More Personal: Impact on Us & Our Work With Clients
    Part II: A Workshop Series co-sponsor with PRIDE, 5/11/12 
  • Developing Resilience in the Face of Anti-Gay Initiatives!
    A marriage equality workshop track at the MN American Psychological Association annual conference and a sponsor at their resource fair, 4/20/12 All Families Matter: 
  • 17th Midwest Family Equality Conference
    A conference for LGBT parents and families, resource fair tabling, 4/27-4/28
  • LGBT Therapists Volunteer Opportunities
  • More Conferences & Workshops
  • Community Events
  • Research
  • Job Opportunities

MN LGBT Therapists Network News
April 2012

20+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. V, Issue 4

The Trauma of Discrimination:
Politics are Getting More Personal: Impact on Us & Our Work With Clients

A workshop for LGBTQA mental health professionals 

(A follow-up to “The Trauma of Discrimination: Politics are Getting Personal,” Workshop December, 2011.  Attendance at the first one is not necessary for attendance at this workshop.)

save the date ~ register early ~ more info coming

Date: Friday, May 11, 2012
Place: Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Presentation: 9 a.m. - Noon

Workshop Description:

  • A panel of three mental health professionals will share their professional and personal experiences with social trauma as it relates to their work with clients and self-care.
  • A psychotherapist, who is also a somatic healer, will share information about somatic self-care and lead us in some somatic self-care exercises that we can use for ourselves and with our clients.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences with social trauma as it relates to their work with clients and self-care.

The objectives of this program are:

  1. To identify and address the experiences of the therapist as witness and helper to clients who experience social trauma.  
  2. To deepen participants' understanding of issues and methods of providing mental health care to clients while tending to self-care issues.
  3. To learn additional skills to tend to the impact on professionals through using mind-body (somatic) techniques.
  4. To facilitate discussion of techniques that other professionals use to help them address the impact of their clients' social trauma issues on the therapist.

$35 Base Registration 
$25 LGBT Network Member
$15 Student, Elder, Retired
Scholarship options may be available, call 612-267-9371

For information on registration, contact email or
call 612-267-9371
Pre-registration recommended

Sponsored by:

Forms for CEUs will be provided

Minnesota Psychological Association’s 76th Annual Convention

When: Friday, April 20 - Saturday, April 21, 2012 
Location:  Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
Minnetonka, MN
.pdf flyer
Annual Convention Opening Keynote:
"Psychology's Contribution to Marriage Equality"

  • Clinton Anderson, Ph.D., Director of the American Psychological Association’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office
  • Ilan Meyer, Ph.D., UCLA School of Law; Glenda Russell, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder.

Plus: A Marriage Equality Workshop track: Developing Resilience in the Face of Anti-Gay Initiatives! 

registration information

17th Midwest Family Equality Conference

(formerly Rainbow Families Conference)

Friday, April 27, 2012 
Adult’s only happy hour with live entertainment
Spring House
610 W. 28th St; Minneapolis, 55408
.pdf flyer

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Burroughs Community School
1601 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55419

The Midwest Family Equality Conference is the premier community building and learning event for parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and their children, as well as prospective parents, family members and friends, educators and community members.

FFI: Melanie Rexroad, Midwest Regional Manager 612.823.2000 email   

How the LGBT Therapists network is participating in the Midwest Family Equality Conference:

  • We need volunteers to staff our Resource Fair table! Help staff our resource table Saturday, April 28.
  • Also, publicize FREE your psychotherapy practice, services, groups, workshops, etc. by sending your business cards, flyers, brochures to: Irene Greene, Suite 203 100, West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404 by Wednesday, 4/25. email
  • The LGBT Therapists network will have an ad for our website in their conference program.

LGBT Therapists Volunteer Opportunities

Enewsletter Editor Needed
LGBT Therapists is in need of a volunteer to coordinate the monthly LGBT Therapists network's eNewsletter. Duties include: 

  • Collect and organize information pertinent to the mission of the LGBT Therapists network. 
  • Submit content to online editor in a timely fashion. 
Self-directed. Hours: about 4 hours/month.
Perks: free annual membership & a good feeling. 

Staff LGBT Therapists Network Table

  • Family Equity Annual Conference, Saturday, April 28, 2012
  •  MPA Annual Conference, Friday, April 20, 2012 

For more information: contact Irene Greene, irenegreene@earthlink.net612.874.6442

More Conferences & Workshops

The Health of the Helper: The Key to High Impact and Low Stress Helping 
Metropolitan State University’s Human Services Department, Alcohol and Drug Counseling major presents Joe Bailey and Mavis Karn 
The Health of the Helper is paramount to helping others. This day-long seminar is designed to take a practical, easily applied look at the principles behind innate health. We will explore the Principle of Thought and the recognition that we are always feeling our thinking, as a ‘constant’ that takes us within and clears the way for insight. By deeply understanding this feed-back system we can always rely on it to navigate our life and counsel our clients, thereby, preventing burnout and stress.

The following will be addressed:

  • The key to high impact counseling & burnout prevention is to live in our health
  • The new paradigm of health: realizing the inside-out nature of experience
  • Realizing the source of our moment to moment experience: the principles of mind, thought, and consciousness
  • High impact listening - - listening from within
  • Preventing burnout by recognizing the feeling/thought

Date: April 13th, Friday. 
Time: Check in: 9:00 am Start: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm 
Cost: $95 (Metro State Students $20)
Location: Metro State Library, Room 302 Ecolab
700 E. 7th Street, St.Paul, MN 55106

Please include this registration form with name, address, phone number & payment. Mail payment to: Joe Bailey & Associates, 1615 S. Sterling St., St. Paul, MN 55119-6103
On-Line Registration:
Go to: http://www.joebaileyandassociates.com
Click on ‘Payments’ at the top
Use a variety of credit cards or PayPal. 
Under ‘Payment Notes’ type “Health of the Helper” plus your name, email address, and/or phone number. 
Under ‘enter amount’ type in the appropriate payment

Presenters: Joe Bailey, M.A.,L.P., Licensed Psychologist
Joe Bailey 
is an author, seminar leader, consultant to organizations, public speaker, psychotherapist and a licensed psychologist. Joe is author of six books including the best seller, Slowing Down to the Speed of Life with Dr. Richard Carlson, The Serenity Principle, The Speed Trap, Slowing Down to the Speed of Love, Fearproof Your Life: How to Thrive in a World Addicted to Fear, and his latest book that he contributed to, Creating a Marriage You’" Love (2010). He is currently working on The Transformation Principle: Ordinary Awakenings in Recovery. Go to his website to learn more about Joe and his work at www.joebaileyandassociates.com

Mavis Karn, L.S.W. Social Worker Mavis Karn M.A., L.S.W.
Mavis is a consultant/counselor/educator in private practice in St. Paul, MN. Her career has spanned 30+ years in the Twin City area and has included working with individuals, couples, families, businesses, agencies and prisons. She has done projects with runaways, gang kids in prison, athletic teams and individual athletes, treatment centers, business leaders, police departments, hospitals and schools. She has presented at many national conferences and also takes her work to South Africa. She mentors, trains and supervises other professionals as well.

Feminist Perspectives on the Psychology of Same Sex Marriages Thursday, April 19, 2012 
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Room 3-100 Mayo Memorial Building
University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
420 Delaware St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Lisa Diamond, Beverly Green, and Glenda Russell will discuss their research and clinical perspectives on marriage equality and the marriage amendment. All three speakers are nationally renowned researchers, authors, psychologists, and teachers. Their specialties are in GLBT concerns and they will speak about women's issues, sexual orientation, ethnic and cultural diversity, and feminism and marriage. Greene will focus on marriage equality as a wedge issue used to divide African Americans and LGBT people. Diamond will discuss areas of caution in the fight for marriage equality, specifically regarding the movement to position same sex couples as indistinguishable from heterosexual couples. Russell will discuss feminist views of marriage from the second wave in the 1970s to the present time. This event is being organized by the Minnesota Psychological Association, Minnesota Women in Psychology, GLBTA Programs Office, Program in Human Sexuality, and the Women’s Center.

This event is free and open to the public. Gender neutral restrooms will be available. This event is being held during Gender Justice week.

Beverly Greene, Ph.D., ABPP, St. John’s University is Editor of “Education, Research, and Practice in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Psychology” and “Ethnic and Cultural Diversity among Lesbian and Gay Men” Lisa Diamond, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, University of Utah and author of “Sexual Fluidity”. Glenda Russell, Ph.D. is a psychologist practicing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"Empowerment Through Community"
Bisexual Empowerment Annual Conference The BECAUSE Conference is an annual event for bisexuals, queers, non-monosexuals, the bi-curious or questioning, and all allies, regardless of sexual or gender identity. 

BECAUSE 2012 will be held at Metropolitan State University
April 20-22, 2012  
Registration Fees:
$30 = students
$40 = general public pre-registered & pre-paid
$50 = walk up registration and pay onsite

Buddhist Psychology Salon/WorkshopBased on “The Wise Heart” by Jack Kornfield with Merra Young, LICSW,LMFT Date/Time: Friday, April 27th 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Co-sponsers: Midwest Meditation and Psychotherapy Institute & Rivers' Way Meditation Center
FFI/Registration: rivwaymed@aol.com or 612.253.5133
 Location: 2637 27th Ave. S. #201 Mpls, MN 55406
Fee: $30. (certificate of attendance).

Analyzing the Bully
“Analyzing the Bully” premieres by widespread demand to the award-winning blank slate theatre May 3 - 5, 2012. It will be presented by an all-youth cast, and directed by Adam Arnold. 

Just what is going on in the brain of a bully? Join Dr. Harrison, Dr. Bruntsworth, and Dr. Lincoln as they present their assessment, findings, and treatment plan for a real-life, actual, flesh and blood bully (gasp!). Further scientific recommendations for eliminating all bullies from planet earth will be given in this one-act presentation. 

“Analyzing the Bully” will be staged at blank slate theatre, 499 Wacouta Street in St. Paul. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for students & seniors, and $8 for present and former blank slate theatre actors. Patrons may purchase tickets at the door with cash or check. blank slate theatre does not accept credit cards, and no tickets may be pre-purchased. Group discounts available. 

Featuring blank slate theatre artists Sarah Hamilton, Nic Selness, Stephanie Kahle, and Ryan Levin. 

Show times are: Thursday, May 3, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Friday, May 4, 2012 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, May 5, 2012 @ 7:30pm 

For more information, CONTACT: Adam Arnold, Executive Artistic Director
612-481-2234 adam@blankslatetheatre.com www.blankslatetheatre.com

Community Events

The Power of Five: PFund’s Cabaret Fundraising Event:
What: PFund’s Cabaret is designed to be different from traditional gala events. No assigned tables, an engaging venue, and an opportunity for friends, old and new, to mingle, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment, auction items and atmosphere. The theme this year is "The Power of Five," referring to the fifth anniversary of the Cabaret, the name of the venue, the five states in PFund’s Upper Midwest region, the release of our five year strategic plan (which will be released at the Cabaret), and the launch of our 25th anniversary.
When: Saturday, May 12, 2012
Where: FIVE Event Center in the Lyn/Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis. FIVE is the old 5th police precinct but is now a sleek and visually compelling gathering place.
Cost: The ticket price is $150 (with $100 tax deductible) and can be purchased by visiting http://www.PFundOnline.org/Cabaret.html

All of the dollars raised at the Cabaret go directly towards grants and scholarships that support the daily ongoing work of making our region safer for LGBT people. As if that isn’t enough – if you buy your ticket before April 12, your valet parking is free!


Bisexual Support Survey
Topic: to better understand the experiences of bisexual individuals Researcher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Counseling Psychology. The only requirements for participation in this study are that you are at least 18 years of age and self-identify as bisexual.

New National Sexuality Education Standards
On January 9, 2012, four leading health organizations* released the first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools. Published in the Journal of School Health, the ground-breaking National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K-12 provide clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12. 

The standards are the result of a cooperative effort by the American Association of Health Education, the American School Health Association, the National Education Association Health Information Network, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education, in coordination with the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative. Nearly 40 stakeholders including content experts, medical and public health professionals, teachers, sexuality educators, and young people developed the standards in a two-year process.

download the standards

Job Opportunities

Neighborhood Involvement Program Position Announcement
Director of Mental Health Services
Full-Time (40 hours/week) Compensation: Dependent on qualifications, with benefits. Reports to: Executive Director Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.) is seeking a Director of Mental Health Services to lead the counseling, crisis, educational and community mental health services provided to our underserved neighbors. This is an opportunity for a seasoned clinician and administrator to provide leadership to our highly regarded Rape and Sexual Abuse Center (RSAC), Counseling Center, and Therapy Associates programs. Additionally, the director will be the point of integration of mental health services with medical, dental, youth and senior services. The director will serve on the leadership team that manages the operations of N.I.P., and supports the executive director and board in meeting the agency’s objectives. 

Organizational Overview: The mission of N.I.P. is to strengthen individuals and the community by providing healthcare, education and social services to our underserved neighbors. N.I.P. has a longstanding reputation for innovation, integrity, and community collaborations. Our main facility is on Hennepin Avenue in the Lowry Hill/Uptown area of Minneapolis, with an additional office in North Minneapolis. We provide medical and dental services for the uninsured/underinsured, rape and sexual abuse services, counseling services, community education and senior and youth services. N.I.P. is also a respected training center for graduate students in psychology, counseling, social work and related disciplines. We have traditionally relied heavily on graduate level interns and volunteers, in combination with staff supervision and training, to deliver high quality mental health services to our clients. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Leads, directs and supervises N.I.P.'s Mental Health Programs. Those programs are the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center (RSAC), our Counseling Center and our Therapy Associates, as well as the 24x7 crisis and referral line. Leads, directs and manages community education and legal advocates programs. Integrates mental health services with all agency programs. Responsible for HIPAA and clinical quality, budgets and program outcomes. Serves as mental health lead for the electronic medical record (EMR) system. Supports, hires and develops clinical and support staff. Directs clinical education of students at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. 

Experience and Qualifications; Required: Independent licensure as an LP, LICSW, LMFT or LPCC. A minimum of 3-5 years of clinical and administrative experience. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated management and technical skills. Demonstrated leadership experience. Preferred: LP licensure at the doctoral level. 5+ years of clinical experience. Significant clinical experience in sexual violence and/or trauma. Graduate academic experience. To Apply: Send resume and compensation requirements to Chris Bargeron, Interim Director of Mental Health Services, at cbargeron@neighborhoodinvolve.org

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