Minnesota's LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

In This Issue:

  • The Latest
  • Community

MN LGBT Therapists Network News
February 2015

25+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. VIII, Issue 2

The Latest

Steering Committee Meeting
Friday February 27 - 12:15 - 1:30pm
The Healing Well, Suite 203 - 2100 1st Ave S - Mpls

All members of the LGBT Therapists network are welcome to attend. RSVP (encouraged but not essential) to Irene Greene email (612) 874-6442

LGBT Therapists Welcomes Bobby Reis as Treasurer
The MN LGBT Therapists Network Steering Committee is quite pleased to announce that new member Robert Reis II, Ph.D., LP, of Twin Cities Psychological Services, Ltd. has accepted the essential role of Treasurer for our organization. New to the Cities, Bobby joined LGBT Therapists in October of 2014. Please join us in welcoming Bobby and thanking him in advance for all his contributions to the Network.
Bobby's website

Dennis Christian: Give that Man A Rainbow Watch for His Many Years of Tireless and Witty Service!
After 25 years(!) as The Network's Treasurer, Dennis Christian is retiring from the Steering Committee. Dennis was one of the early members of our group, sharing in those first envisioning meetings held at the Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council (GLCAC, now OutFrontMN) over two decades ago. Dennis has consistently been a responsible counter of our pennies, meticulous manager of our membership accounts, and the handsome guy who collected your money at the door of probably every event we have ever held. Often sporting a stylish hat and scarf, he has provided an air of sophistication to our gatherings, and his dry wit has carried us through hundreds of meetings. Dennis, thank you so very much for all that you have done! Your commitment and imprint on The MN LGBT Therapists Network is remarkable and everlasting.

Inner Peace Therapy & Yoga Retreats
Earn CUE's while Practicing Gentle Self-Care
Learn the many healing benefits of yoga & meditation, and personally experience what they have to offer you & your clients. Our intimate setting offers a safe place to explore the integration of these transformative mind/body methods with your current therapy practices to offer a holistic approach to healing. Choose from several exclusive options: webpage Contact LGBT Therapists member Deb Hennen-Bergman, MA, LMFT to register: deb@innerpeace-therapy.com or 952-457-8557. No yoga experience is necessary.

Facilitators Sought For LGBT Connection Groups
NAMI Connection is a peer led recovery support group for people living with mental illnesses regardless of their diagnosis. Support groups meet weekly for 90 minutes and we ask for at least a one year commitment. If you are interested in training to become a support group facilitator for an LGBT Connection group, please contact Morgan at 651-645-2948 x121or mcaldwell@namimn.org. In addition, please submit our online application. more info about becoming a NAMI Minnesota Support Group volunteer

NAMI LGBTQA Youth Support Group
first & third Sundays
Springhouse Ministry Center - Minneapolis

Free peer support for LGBTQA youth aged 16-20

NAMI GLBT Resources
NAMI has many resources on their GLBT Resources page.

Psychodrama 101
Infuse your Practice with Spontaneity and Creativity
May 14 - 16 - Minneapolis
20 Training credits toward Psychodrama Certification

This training will offer trainees an 'in-situ' experience of psychodrama while learning the basic language of the method and provide 'take home' skills to readily apply these basic skills with their clients in individual, relational, group therapy and family therapy.
16 CEU hours can be applied toward Social Work, Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy
LGBT Therapists member Mary Anna Palmer LICSW, LMFT is a Board Certified Trainer, Educator, Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Therapy. In 1992, she founded The Psychodrama & Psychotherapy Center now located in Eagan, Minnesota.  She brings to her work 42 years of experience in group dynamics, social work, mental health, family therapy, and 31 years experience in psychodrama and sociometry.
For a Brochure and to register, contact Mary Anna at 612-309-7940
psychodramacenter@gmail.com  Cost of this workshop is $345 includes two lunch meals

reminders of upcoming member events:

Balancing the Needs of You, Me and Us: Communicating, Caring & Connecting More Compassionately- new dates!
A fun, informative, zesty, tool-filled workshop that’s bound to strengthen your relationship.
Learn factors that foster stronger relationships. Assess your relationship's communication, problem-solving and emotional intimacy patterns. Learn concrete strategies to improve communication and connection. Come away with the building blocks for a "Relationship Care Plan." Large group discussion and personal and relationship reflection time.
For Who: Adults, in a relationship or not, who want to understand their own dynamics and learn skills to foster healthier relationships. While we may not specifically address LGBTQ, poly or kink issues, this workshop content & Irene are inclusive, open & affirming of all types of consenting adult relationships.)
Facilitated by: Irene Greene, psychotherapist and trainer
Choose from two sessions: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9am-3pm or Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9am-3pm
Where: South Minneapolis
Cost: $210 per person. $100 deposit holds your reservation. Any balance is due before or on the day of the workshop. Some scholarships are available.
Register early, as Irene’s workshops do fill up & space is limited. Healthy snacks & bottled water are provided for stretch breaks.
Worksheets, bibliography, notebooks & pens are also provided. Bring your own bag lunch for our ½ hour lunch break.
For more information, a workshop flyer & a registration form: Contact Irene at 612.874.6442 or irene@irenegreene.com

Strengthening the Pregnancy Loss and Newborn Death Support Team
A guide for childbirth caregivers and educators
Sunday March 8 - Edina
Workshop from
 LGBT Therapists member Deb Rich of Shoshana Center
workshop flyer      registration form


Inpatient & Residential Unit Manager Position Available
Park Nicollet Health Services - Melrose Center, St. Louis Park
This position supervises the Melrose Center inpatient and residential programs which currently is licensed at 39 beds. This individual would act at the DHS clinical supervisor and ensure all regulatory supervision is provided.  This position must be held by a Minnesota licensed behavioral health professional. 
website listing

Kathy Steele Workshop Healing the Divided Mind
Practical Approaches for Working with the Dissociative Client
March 26-27 - St. Paul
Discounted student rate $225 - full rate $300
CE's available and included in the $300 rate

Therapists can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the challenges and confusing presentations of clients who experience serious trauma-related dissociative disorders. This highly practical workshop will offer in-depth skills to understand and work with dissociative parts as an inner organization of self, using integrated psychotherapy approaches. Participants will learn to work systemically to support the individual as a whole person. A brief overview of the concept of dissociation from the perspective of child development and neuroscience will be provided, as well as an outline of phased or sequenced treatment, which is the current standard of care for dissociative disorders. We will focus on specific and practical skills to deal with dissociation both from a perspective of improving functioning in daily life and of cultivating the client’s ability to engage as a collaborative partner in therapy.
Participants will learn a wide range of interventions to stabilize clients prior to working with traumatic memories. Trauma-related phobias, especially the phobia of inner experience (that is, thoughts, emotions, sensations, memories, wishes, needs), will be addressed, and their treatment will be described as a central part of therapy. Attachment and dependency issues in therapy will also be explored. Dissociative clients have a particular attachment style in which they have a simultaneous need both to connect and to avoid perceived danger in relationships. Participants will learn how to maintain connection and optimal closeness/distance with clients who simultaneously experience the therapist as needed and dangerous. Effective ways to work with both the dependent client and the highly avoidant client will be offered. Participants will learn how to recognize and address attachment-seeking behaviors that can underlie crisis and chaos in the therapy. Role play and case example will illustrate specific approaches and interventions.
Kathy is a past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). The recipient of a number of awards for her clinical and published works, she has numerous publications and is a highly regarded lecturer and presenter in the field of trauma and dissociation.
This will be the first of several planned workshops on the topic of trauma, with the next one being with Robyn Walser on the use of ACT in working with survivors of trauma.
website, registration, & flyers

Saint Paul Transgender/Gender Nonconforming Adult Support Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays - 6:30-8:00
2375 University Avenue W., Suite 160 - St. Paul

New ongoing support group in St. Paul for transgender and gender nonconforming adults ages 18+. Group is focused on connecting people and their experiences related to transition. Insurances accepted: BlueCross/BlueShield, Medica, Medical Assistance, Medicare, PreferredOne, UCare, and UnitedHealth; HealthPartners and Aetna limited to specific plans. A professional discount may be available for those without insurance. Clients or therapists can make a referral by contacting one of the co-facilitators:
G Zachariah White, PsyD, LP www.sexfromthecenter.com gzwhite@sexfromthecenter.com 612.208.9739
Melia McCubbin, MSW, LICSW www.OpenInsightTherapy.com melia@openinsighttherapy.com 612.567.2909

MN Women in Psychology Workshop with Dr. Janet Thomas
"The Ethical Complexities of Psychotherapy: How Well-Intentioned Therapists Make Unintentional Mistakes"
April 10 - Mount Olivet Church - Minneapolis
3 CEU's

The attraction to becoming a psychotherapist often has deep roots. Graduate students commonly report that family and friends have sought them out as confidants and that they have always been interested in the motivations of others and enjoyed being helpful. A natural curiosity about people and the desire to help are certainly a part of what sustains psychotherapists in this profession. But education, training, supervision, consultation, and continual attention to one’s own personal issues are also necessary to marshal good intentions into effective therapeutic relationships. Even after years of experience and education, psychotherapists are susceptible to blind spots that may compromise their effectiveness when particular client characteristics or circumstances intersect with their own vulnerabilities.  This workshop focuses on strategies for inoculating the practice of psychotherapy against the risks that challenge all professionals in therapeutic relationships. Learning resources include a decision-making model and group discussion of film vignettes and case examples.
website & registration

Rainbow Health Initiative Dance!Dance!
Sunday April - Midpointe Event Center - St. Paul
webpage and reservations
RHI's 2015 gala event - Our guests will dance to the music of the Freedom Jazz Big Band throughout the event - taking a short break to experience the dance competition and vote for their favorite dancer! Modeled after "Dancing with the Stars", local celebrities will compete for your vote and for the title of Dance!Dance! 2015 Champion. Food, cash bar and great prizes.

Camp True Colors

July 14-19 - Willow River, MN
Camp True Colors - Minnesota is for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth ages 13-18 who may or may not be participating in an out-of-home program.  This camp focuses on building a positive community and provides a safe and stigma free place for its participants. Activities available include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and talent shows.  
Education sessions on topics relevant to the LGBT community are also provided.  
website & registration
visit LGBT Therapists website

Visit our Website

Suscribe to eNewsletter

Ready to become a member?

With over 100 active members, the MN LGBT Therapists' network provides an online directory of Queer/LGBT-identified and supporting mental health providers and allied professionals. We'd love to have you join us!
visit our website
to find out how


All LGBT Therapists' network members can attend Twin Cities Quorum events at member rates
Quorum website

About the MN LGBT Therapists' network eNewsletter

Our network is a Minnesota-based grassroots group of queer and 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 monthly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to Irene Greene.  All responses to questions, ads, workshops, etc. should be emailed directly back to the contact person in the notice.  If you want to become a member of this organization please visit our website

You are receiving this eNewsletter because you have either joined the MN LGBT Therapists network, signed up for more information at a conference or event, or you have expressed an interest in our network. You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom left of this newsletter.

LGBT Therapists
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9am-3pm or Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9am-3pm
stylish hat 
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software