Affirmation, Belief, and Connection: The ABCs of working with LGBTQ...

Affirmation, Belief, and Connection: The ABCs of working with LGBTQ Clients

Affirmation, Belief, and Connection: The ABCs of working with LGBTQ Clients

Event Details:

WHAT: Affirmation, Belief, and Connection: The ABCs of working with LGBTQ Clients
WHEN: Tuesday August 28,2018 from 9:00AM – 11:30AM
WHERE: Integrative LIfe Center
1104 16th Avenue South, Nashville TN 37212

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Workshop Description:

This 120 minute workshop will combine lecture, experiential, and collaborative work surrounding the need to address understanding and sensitivity to LGBTQ+ communities. It will shed the umbrella of LGBTQ+ in order to look at specific traumas of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities as individual subcultures. Starting with an overview and refreshment of terminology, the course will create a path of understanding and exploring deeper understanding of the LGBTQ+ communities. Participants will engage in didactic dialogue, and collaborative efforts in order to best address specific struggles for their LGBTQ+ clients.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Obtain and refresh information surrounding LGBTQ terminology
2. Explore and understand implications within each specific LGBTQ sub culture.
3. Understanding the LGBTQ specific intersections of trauma with health, spirituality, mental health and maladaptive coping skills.

Workshop Presenter Biography: Beck Gee-Cohen

Beck resides in Los Angeles, CA. Beck completed undergraduate work in the field of Sociology with a focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Addiction from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. His undergraduate thesis was a study on addiction in LGBTQ+ rural communities. Beck’s master’s degree is in Addiction Studies from Hazelden. Beck received an Excellence in Writing Award from Hazelden graduate program; the paper focused on training addiction counselors to give better treatment to LGBTQ+ clients. Beck has facilitated trainings and given lectures around the world at conferences, prisons, schools, treatment centers focusing on LGBTQ+ communities and addiction. Beck is very passionate about the Transgender community and the effects of addiction and stigma within the Trans/LGBQ+ populations. He continues to train clinicians and facility staff on LGBTQ+ issues, help facilities establish LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, and provide program development for facilities that want to expand their services to LGBTQ+ populations. Beck currently the owner & lead consultant at BGC Consulting. A consulting agency helping to train and change the culture of mental health and addiction treatment in better serving LGBTQ+ populations. He is an associate consultant & mentor with The Romeyn Collective, working specifically with LGBTQ adolescents, young people, and their families.

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