Category: Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender Issues


Workshop 1 - Contextual Behavioral Therapies for Gender and Sexual Minorities

Friday, November 17
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Sapphire 400, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: L / G / B / T | ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) | FAP (Functional Analytic Psychotherpy)
Presentation Type: Workshop
Level of Familiarity: All

Despite incredible advances in the science of psychological distress and well-being among gender and sexual minority (GSM) clients, treatment adaptation has lagged. Most resources are dedicated to the need for an affirming and nonrejecting stance, which does not meet the most current needs of therapists practicing empirically informed treatment. This workshop will promote cutting-edge techniques that take advantage of research on minority stress and emotion regulation. The workshop will incorporate both theoretical and experiential work. Moving through life as a gender or sexual minority often entails some period of secrecy, guardedness, shame, and familial ruptures. We will explore the therapeutic techniques that tackle these concerns in the therapy hour and within the therapeutic relationship. This workshop will also aid clinicians in cultivating their own compassion and values in order to more deeply engage with the challenges of moving through life as a GSM person, particularly by targeting the therapist's own history with cultural messages about gender and sexuality. Through the use of awareness, courage, therapeutic love, compassion, perspective-taking, and acceptance, participants will grow in their ability to relate as gendered and sexual beings. From this place, powerful and therapeutic relationships can blossom. Clinicians will leave with a greater understanding of how concepts such as minority stress, rejection sensitivity, and complex trauma can be better responded to in session. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural and global concerns that disproportionally impact GSM communities.

Earn 3 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Pachankis, J. E., Hatzenbuehler, M. L., Rendina, H. J., Safren, S. A., & Parsons, J. T. (2015). LGB-affirmative cognitive-behavioral therapy for young adult gay and bisexual men: A randomized controlled trial of a transdiagnostic minority stress approach. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(5), 875-889.
Cohen, J. M., Feinstein, B. A., Rodriguez-Seijas, C., Taylor, C. B., & Newman, M. G. (2016). Rejection sensitivity as a transdiagnostic risk factor for internalizing psychopathology among gay and bisexual men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3(3), 259.
Mizock, L., & Lundquist, C. (2016). Missteps in psychotherapy with transgender clients: Promoting gender sensitivity in counseling and psychological practice. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3(2), 148-155. doi:10.1037/sgd0000177

Matthew Skinta

Director, Sexual & Gender Identities Clinic
Palo Alto University


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Danny Ryu

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium


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