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Webinar 2015-09-29
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Group Counseling with LGBTQI Persons This presentation will contain information and evidence about facilitating groups with LGBTQQIA persons. Participants in this webinar will be introduced to a number of never before published strategies for providing group counseling to, or for, LGBTQI persons, as well as have a strong foundation of the importance of this work.  In addition, participants will be informed of the multiple ethical and legal issues that they must be aware of.

9/29/2015
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Where: Online
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Group Counseling with LGBTQI Persons

Dr. Kristopher Goodrich, Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Program Coordinator, The University of New Mexico
Dr. Melissa Luke, Associate Professor and Coordinator of School Counseling, Syracuse University
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT


This presentation will contain information and evidence about facilitating groups with LGBTQQIA persons across the lifespan. The speakers will discuss the diversity of members embedded within LGBTQQIA populations, and evolving needs at different points in their development. The paradigm of this presentation and associated text are that there are various critical periods, contexts, and potential points of entry for interventions with the LGBTQQIA population. Using a focus on normal human development life cycles, group counselors and group psychotherapists can be better prepared for this population. That said, LGBTQQIA persons are also at increased risk of several high risk behaviors that co-occur with mental health concerns that can be effectively address through group work (e.g., addictions, HIV/AIDS, etc.). No group counseling text to date has provided specific attention to this population in this way, nor has there been such a focus on human development across the lifespan. This presentation will then address a major gap within the group counseling/group psychotherapy literature.

The presentation will begin with a discussion of the history and nature of LGBTQQIA group work, and continue to discuss different ethical and legal issues of relevance with this population. The presentation will then progress through the lifecycle, with sections devoted to childhood and adolescence, and several focused on specific stages of adulthood. The presenters will also address other milestones in LGBTQQIA persons’ lives, including the process of coming out, couple and families, as well as the opportunities and challenges of conducting group work across various settings (e.g., schools, community, and residential centers). The presentation will conclude with a discussion of groups for end of life issues, interventions for specific purposes (e.g., addictions, HIV/AIDS), and supervision of group work.

Participants in this webinar will be introduced to a number of never before published strategies for providing group counseling to, or for, LGBTQI persons, as well as have a strong foundation of the importance of this work. In addition, participants will be informed of the multiple ethical and legal issues that they must be aware of before engaging in this work.

Kristopher Goodrich

Kristopher M. Goodrich, Ph.D., is the Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of New Mexico. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New Mexico. Dr. Goodrich is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA); the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC); the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW); and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). He currently serves as the President of ALGBTIC as well as the President-Elect of the Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Goodrich has numerous publications focused on increasing the effectiveness of counselor preparation and counselor practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) persons and group work.

Melissa Luke

Melissa Luke, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and School Counseling Program Coordinator in the Department of Counseling & Human Services at Syracuse University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of New York. Dr. Luke is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA); the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC); the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW); the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES); and Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ). She currently serves as the President of the North Atlantic Region of Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) and Professional Trustee in ALGBTIC. Dr. Luke’s scholarship focuses on counselor preparation and practice to more effectively respond to the needs of underserved persons. Dr. Luke was also recently appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy.

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Registration for the live webinar is now closed.  If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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