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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
August 2015

25+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. VIII, Issue 5

The Latest

LGBT Therapists Steering Committee Meeting
Fri 21 Aug - 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

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Twin Cities Quorum
White Ash has been attending Quorum events, representing his SolVibe business as well as
 LGBT Therapists. Our members are encouraged to attend and network with interesting business-focused people. All types of LGBTQI interests are represented, including small-, mid-, and large-sized companies, as well as non-profits and affinity groups. Many Quorum events are free, and since LGBT Therapists is a member of Quorum, all of our current members qualify to attend at Quorum member rates.
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“Coming Out” Support Group for Women

14-week psycho-educational support group for women who are “coming out” as bisexual or lesbian, or as a woman attracted to women / Non-judgmental, confidential, sex-positive, open. Everyone’s process is respected and supported. Members may choose how much they want to share. / Members of the group will have the opportunity to: Share their “coming out” journey; Explore and share their questions and concerns about their sexual identity and sexual journey. Issues addressed: life transition, family, religion, financial & identity changes); Sex, gender, sexuality; Stereotypes and LGBTQ culture; Dating and meeting women. Share resources; Increase a sense of pride and self-love in being more fully who you are.
Intake Session prior to acceptance into the group: $160 / Group Fee: $45 per each group session. 5% discount if paid in full. / Sliding fee scale available.
The group meets for 14 consecutive weeks and for 75 minutes/session. Daytime and evening group available.
LGBT Therapists member Irene Greene, MSE, Psychotherapist & Educator, 25 years experience facilitating coming out, abuse, and women's groups.
The Well: Healing Arts Center / Suite 203 / 2100 1st Avenue South / Minneapolis, MN / 55404 / 612.874.6442 / irene@irenegreene.com / See: www.irenegreene.com to download a group flyer / Free phone consult. Call for more information or to be put on the waiting list.

Mindful Sexuality for LGBTQ People
From new
 LGBT Therapists member Rick Laska of SkyHill:
Sex and intimacy are important events in our lives but it can be difficult to stay mentally present in sensual moments with some of the stress and thoughts running through our minds. For some people, this can lead to performance anxiety, a poor body-image, sexual dysfunction, or sex that isn’t satisfying, connecting, or intimate.
This 8 week group will help you identify and practice mindfulness techniques to embody your individual and partnered sexual experiences. Mindfulness can help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, heal from sexual trauma, assist in the management of compulsive sexual behaviors, begin to address body-image issues, and manage other mental health issues you may face. We will also explore ways to be sexually mindful and empowered in your daily life!
Who: People wanting to explore mindful sex
Cost: $25 per session for 8 sessions
When: Determined by participants
Where: SkyHill, 6800 France Ave, Ste 520, Edina MN
Each group is limited to 8 participants. For more information or to enroll, call Rick at 612-564-9199 or email rick@skyhilltherapy.com


BECAUSE 2016 will be on April 8th, 9th and 10th, 2016! BECAUSE is the Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience. It is the premier event of the Bisexual Organizing Project and is the longest running conference by and for Bi+ people in the U.S.
Planning has begun for next year's conference. We will be returning to Coffman Union at the U of MN East Bank Campus, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
The theme for 2016 is "My Identities, My Life" Being Pan, Bi, Queer or unlabeled is not all we are; our sexual identity intersects with our other identities in so many ways. Let's explore and celebrate all we are!
Want to help plan? Yes, even if you don't live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, you can help! Email Lou at LouAHQ(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll be happy to hear from you!
Lou Hoffman and Amanda Lee Genaro, co-chairs
BECAUSE website

Minneapolis LGBT Wedding Expo - free tickets

You & your partner are invited to the Annual 'Same Love, Same Rights' LGBT Wedding Expo in Minneapolis on Sunday, Aug. 30th! Dozens of gay-friendly exhibitors will participate, eager to help you and your fiancee plan the ceremony of your dreams. Photographers, DJs, Officiants, Wedding Planners, Venues, Jewelers, Invitations & more... Free raffle giveaways, LGBT-planning tips & trends!
Sunday August 30th, 2015 (12:00-3:00pm) - The Fountain Room at the Lumber Exchange - 10 South 5th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402
Advance tickets are free. Gay friendly wedding & travel professionals, wedding tips, amazing raffles, fashion, music & more. Couples, singles, and allies interested in marriage rights are all invited to attend. Please RSVP through the website - www.SameLoveSameRights.com

How the Family Unit Can Impact the Outcome of Substance Use Treatment in the LGBT Community
Marni Low is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in the state of New York. Mental trauma that occurs because of gender or sexual confusion, especially when experienced at a young age can, in some cases, lead to issues with substance abuse and dependency. This article sets out to explore and confront these ideas and what we can do to help
blog post

Going To Therapy As A QTPOC, Without Being Harmed, Erased Or Baffled
CarmenLeah Ascencio, a public health social worker, community theatre facilitator, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor, educator and proud Boricua 2nd generation queer femme, shares 10 points to consider when a queer or trans person of color is looking for a therapist.
blog post

Group Counseling With LGBTQI Persons
by Kristopher M. Goodrich and Melissa Luke
According to the American Counseling Association, this book is "the ultimate resource for LGBTQI group counseling". If you lead groups with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) clients, then Group Counseling With LGBTQI Personsis a must for affirmative, effective counseling. This unique text offers an initial reference to the distinct needs and experiences of LGBTQI individuals, as well as a source for myriad resources and intentional interventions. It also provides group leaders, counselors, students, and supervisors with an understanding of group counseling issues across settings and contexts that influence the experience of LGBTQI persons. Features include:

  • Chapters organized around particular populations promote an understanding of the differences between LGBTQI identities and allow counselors to intervene based on specific client needs.
  • Multiple counseling interventions in every chapter serve as a vital resource for both novice counselors and experienced group leaders.
  • Case studies and cautions/recommendations in every chapter enlighten readers about common mistakes and provide a rationale for how interventions are structured and implemented in practice.
  • Individual attention to resident, community, outpatient, school-based, and other settings.
  • Discussions on several developmental life periods as well as need-based services, such as addictions, grief, and family counseling.
  • Special attention to the importance of allies and social justice initiatives.
  • Separate chapter on the emergent needs of LGBTQI couples and families.

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PsySR Statement on Latest Reports of APA-CIA Collusion
Previously undisclosed emails, made public in a comprehensive report last week in the New York Times, provide further evidence of collusion between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the CIA in the development of permissive ethics policies for psychologists, policies that provided crucial support for the Bush Administration’s abusive “enhanced interrogation program.” The correspondence reveals the extent to which senior leadership at the APA worked closely with representatives of the intelligence community and the White House – over a period of months and years – to facilitate the participation of psychologists in abusive detention and interrogation operations despite the profession’s fundamental do-no-harm ethical foundation.

Today, Psychologists for Social Responsibility renews its call for transparency, accountability, and reform at the APA, the world’s largest organization of psychologists. This must include a thorough and unbiased review of its ethics code and related policies. For far too long, failed leadership, bureaucratic intransigence, and the embrace of power and prestige over human rights and dignity have diminished the APA. This was certainly true a decade ago when the Board formally authorized the involvement of psychologists in national security detention and interrogation operations, and it is still true today as the APA aggressively pursues ever closer ties with the military and intelligence community.

The misguided priorities and well-documented misdeeds of APA’s executive leadership in this critical arena continue to undermine the valuable work of dedicated psychologists, the nascent aspirations of future members of our profession, and the essential trust the public bestows upon us as caring and expert teachers, researchers, and practitioners. Most tragically, detainees who have undergone “enhanced” interrogations have suffered directly and grievously, as have their families, due to the involvement of psychologists in U.S. war-on-terror operations. A dramatic change of course at the APA is urgently needed to make sure that this does not happen again.

Without further delay, we call for the formation of a distinguished panel of experts in psychological, research, and medical ethics; organizational dynamics; and international law, appointed by an independent and authoritative body. Distinct from the ongoing review by attorney David Hoffman, this working group’s charge should be to thoroughly and transparently investigate the institutional structures, group processes, and leadership decisions that facilitated the exploitation of psychologists as degrading instruments of torture and abuse. The APA should cooperate fully with this investigation, which will hopefully lead to thoroughgoing reform of the Association.

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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

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