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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
December 2016
vol. IX, Issue 4

Celebrating 28+ years of MN LGBTQIP2SA
Mental Health Networking & Training

The Latest

LGBT Therapists Network Volunteer Appreciation Party
Reservations now open to all Current Members!!

Tues 13 Dec from 6:30-9:30pm
Sidhe Brew - 952 Jenks Avenue - St Paul

We have about 15 spaces left!  All current members of the LGBT Therapists network are welcome to reserve your place.  Free entry, free food, free entertainment by Table Salt Productions.  We are renting the entire brewpub, and Sidhe’s tasty beers and their homemade rootbeer will be available for purchase.
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TCPS Expanding Team
From Bobby Reis,
LGBT Therapists member and Treasurer: 
Twin Cities Psychological Services, Ltd. (TCPS) is excited to be expanding, and we are currently searching for dedicated and ethical employees to join the team. 

TCPS is focused on promoting an environment that values, appreciates, and affirms diverse identities. The ideal licensed mental health clinician will have strong diagnostic and counseling skills, understand and embrace diversity, and have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Check out our website for more details. http://www.twincitiespsych.com/employment-opportunities.html. If interested please email your cover letter, CV, and three professional references to twincitiespsych@gmail.com.

Post-Election Care & Support

From Irene Greene, LGBT Therapists member and Chair: 

Dear Lovely Humans: Too often, we are so busy attending to the big picture of social change and helping others that we ignore caring for ourselves. Let’s watch out for each other and ourselves. Let’s keep the revolution healthy! Following are workshops and groups designed to help you (and your organization) stay strong, healthy and empowered.  
Skills-Sharing Workshops & Women’s Groups:

(1) "Post-Election Radical Self-Care Workshops for Social Justice Activists, Community Organizers and Volunteers” Identify ways you may be susceptible to burnout and oppression fatigue and share and learn how to develop and sustain self-care while doing your activism. 12/17/16 at 10-1230pm. Also, I do custom design this workshop for organizations that want their staff, volunteers or agency to learn and sustain better self-care.

(2) “Post Election Radical Self-Care for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers, Advocates & Students”  Fri., 12/16/16 2-430pm. $65 Specifically designed for LGBTQ+ folks who work, study and volunteer in the helping professions. Explore how you may be susceptible to burnout, compassion fatigue and oppression fatigue and how to develop and sustain self-care, reduce stress in your life and in your sessions with clients. CEU Form available.

(3) “Post-Election Radical Self-Care for Mental Health & Social Service Workers, Body Workers, Advocates & Students” Fri., 12/16/16, 9-1130am. $65 Specifically geared for socially conscious folks who work, study and volunteer in the mental, physical health and social service professions. Explore how you may be susceptible to burnout and compassion fatigue and how to develop and sustain self-care, reduce stress in your life and in your sessions with clients. CEU Form available.

(4) "Post-inauguration Self-Care & Connection for Lovely Humans” A skill-sharing workshop to connect with other like-minded people who are in need of developing extra self-care. For socially conscious people who are open and welcoming to all lovely humans. Friday, 1/27/17 at 3-530pm; Saturday, 1/28/17 at 10-1230; Friday, 2/3 at 3-530pm and Sat., 2/4 at 1-330pm; $25. No one turned away for inability to pay.

(5) SUPPORT GROUPS for Women offered by Irene: "Breaking Your Internalized Glass Ceiling: Empowerment Over Fear: Increasing Your Personal Strength" Weekly for 14 weeks; Mondays 330-445pm or Wednesdays 430-545pm; $30-50/session. Space is limited to 9 women/group. Some sliding fee slots. Contact Irene for more information: irene@irenegreene.com (11/27/16 Update: One of the groups is full. There are a couple slots still open in the other group and a waiting list for groups starting in January and later.)

For flyers and more information for these workshops and groups or to explore a “Radical Self-Care Workshop” for your group or organization, contact Irene Greene. Registrations for the workshops are made through Eventbrite.  Please share these opportunities as you see fit. Thank you.  Warmest regards,  Irene
Irene Greene MSED
Greene Growth & Training LLC, Minneapolis
Enhancing Personal & Relationship Change for the Socially Conscious

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MN DHS Accepting Applications for Behavioral Health Planning Council
From Heron Abegaze, Mental Health Program Advisor:
We are in the process of renewing applications for the Behavioral Health Planning Council. We will be filling between 25 - 30 vacant seats. Beginning immediately, we will accept applications for council membership. Applications must be received by December 5, 2016. We are inviting members from the following five councils and individuals from priority populations to fill vacant seats.

  • State Advisory Council on Mental Health
  • Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health
  • American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council
  • Citizen’s Advisory Council
  • American Indian Council on Chemical Dependency

Each state is required to establish and maintain a state Mental Health Planning Council for adults with Serious Mental Illness and children with Serious Emotional Disturbances under Title XIX of the Public Health Services Act (42 U.S.C. 300x). In recent years, states have been aligning their mental health and substance abuse agencies and planning functions to better coordinate behavioral health services in their state.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is recommending that states expand their Mental Health Planning Council to include substance abuse and move towards a Behavioral Health Planning Council (BHPC) that addresses both mental health and substance abuse concerns. SAMHSA encourages states to expand their required council's comprehensive approach by designing and implementing regularly scheduled collaborations with existing substance abuse prevention and treatment advisory councils to ensure that the council reviews concerns and services for persons with, or at risk for, substance abuse and substance use disorders.


  1. Review Federal Block Grant plans and applications and submit recommendations for modifications to the plans and applications
  2. Review concerns and services for adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbances and persons with, or at risk for, substance abuse and substance use disorders
  3. Monitor, review and evaluate the allocation and adequacy of mental health services and substance use disorder treatment within the state
  4. Participate in other council activities under the direction of Mental Health and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

2017 Meeting Schedule

  • February 6, 2017 8:30am – 3:00pm Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN
  • May 1, 2017 8:30am – 3:00pm Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN
  • August 7, 2017 8:30am – 3:00pm Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN
  • November 6, 2017 8:30am – 3:00pm Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN


  • $55 per diem
  • Mileage (the current IRS rate of $.54/mile)
  • Meals, parking, lodging and child care expenses will be reimbursed according to DHS policy

Council terms will expire on September 1, 2019 for this application cycle. We are looking forward to receiving completed applications by emailing Heron Abegaze at Heron.Abegaze@state.mn.us. Applications are due by December 5, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by a review panel consisting of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division and Mental Health Division staff.

Heron Abegaze | Mental Health Program Advisor | Mental Health Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Office: 651-431-2249 | Work Cell: 651- 341-2174 


LGBTQ Suicide Hotlines and Articles

Trans Lifeline is dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 

The GLBT National Help Center serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & questioning people by providing free & confidential peer-support and local resources. Coming out, relationships, bullying, safer sex info & more.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Suicide.org's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Suicide webpage has an article and links to more reading.

Opportunity Conference on LGBTQ Health — Feb 27-28, 2017
Opportunity Conference — Advancing LGBTQ Health  A Conference for Policy Makers and Practitioners: 
Data/Research, clinical health, behavioral/mental health, policymaking
Rainbow Health Initative will be hosting this LGBTQ health conference at the University of MN Continuing Education Event Center, St. Paul, MN
Objectives: Participants will develop strategies to:

  • address health disparities based on emerging data
  • improve outcomes through promising practices
  • promote policy, system and environmental change
  • assess current health and human service systems and environments

The schedule will include 2-3 plenary keynote speaking opportunities and up to 30 concurrent sessions over the course of 2 days. Online registration will begin in early fall 2016.Questions? Email LGBTQconference@rainbowhealth.org

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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 LGBTQIP2SA communities we live in and serve. We welcome submissions to this eNewsletter that are pertinent to mental health and LGBTQIP2SA 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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