Minnesota's lesbian gay
bisexual transgender & allied
mental health providers' network

Volume II, Issue 9

The Network: The MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter
4.28.09                                                              

Invitation

Members are invited to submit notices & announcements!
Do you run a Group? Or know of an upcoming workshop or event for our clients or us? Know something that other QLGBTA mental health professionals may also want to know? Please submit it for the next eNewsletter! See end of eNewsletter for details.

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The Minnesota LGBT Therapists eNewsletter is a free networking tool for members of the LGBT Therapists network. All network members are welcome to contribute to this grassroots bi-weekly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to enews@LGBTtherapists.org. The LGBT Therapists eNewsletter is sent out every second Tuesday of the month.  All responses to questions, ads, workshops, etc. should be emailed directly back to the contact person in the notice. If you want your name added or deleted from the eNewsletter email list, use the links below.  Please note that if you do decide to delete your email, you will no longer receive general LGBT Therapists network communications, such as event announcements. If you want to become a member of this organization please visit the LGBT Therapists website.

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Happenings of "THE NETWORK"!

I. RSVP for Our Spring workshop:
Thursday, May 7, 12-2pm. NOTE LOCATION:
Nancy Baltins Room, Plymouth Congregational Church, located at LaSalle and Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. We will begin with member  announcements at 12:15 and the program runs  12:30-2pm. PLEASE RSVP!
Topic: "No Time to Be Shy: Selling Yourself in Today's Market"
This workshop will be facilitated by Phil Oxman, LP, and will include Chris Roberts and White Ash. Phil will speak about marketing issues relative to therapists and Chris and White Ash will speak from their experiences about advertising, business development & marketing.
Workshop Panelists:    
*Chris Roberts founded Roberts & More in 2001 t help clients succeed by suggesting and implementing strategies to enhance reputation. She will share a short PowerPoint presentation for folks who are not experienced in marketing for themselves. Chris has over 20 years of successful experience in marketing and public relations. She will share insights and methods to help you grow your business.  She will answer your questions and excite you about ways to communicate more effectively with your customers and prospects.
 
You will learn:
*How to think about marketing in a simple, straightforward way
*How to develop a marketing plan that will result in more clients
*Tips about what works and what doesn't work - and why
Ideas about promoting your business inexpensively

*Since 2001, White Ash has been creating boutique web designs and websites with a bit of panache.  He collaborates with internet and marketing specialists to integrate his clients' essential web presence with their
greater marketing strategies. (White Ash is the webmaster for our own LGBT Therapist Network.)

*Phil Oxman, MS, LP, has been in private practice for over 30 Years. He works with a wide variety of concerns presented in individual, couples, and family therapy.
Marketing efforts: "I have been featured in years past in newspapers and radio for my work with gay men, domestic violence issues, and therapy in general. I have never advertised in any newspaper or magazine but have placed a few ads in programs for musical performances.  I also have a separate listing in the Yellow Pages as well."

Network members will be able to share their marketing experiences and ask questions. There will be extra opportunities for networking and advertising our members' psychotherapy businesses. Bring your brochures, business cards, and flyers for the resource table!
Some snacks provided. Bring your bag lunch.
CEU certificate available. 
Price:  $ 20.00 nonmembers
$ 15.00 members
$ 10.00 students & retirees
PLEASE RSVP to Dennis Christian <support@dennischristian.com >

II. HELP STAFF the MN.LGBT Therapist Network Table at PRIDE 2009!
Thank you to the Network members who have already responded to volunteer to staff our table at The Twin Cities Pride Festival. We still have some slots left! We are planning a fun table that will distribute info about The Network & our 100+ members. 
TC Pride Week-end is June 27 & 28. CONTACT IRENE if YOU WANT TO STAFF!

The tent and table will be set up and taken down by Pride's contractor.  Volunteer opportunities abound:
    1)  Sign up to staff the tent/table for two hours on either or both days.   To schedule, contact Irene Greene:  irenegreene@earthlink.net
    2)  INCENTIVE FOR MEMBERS!! Contribute $20.00 to this effort and you may leave a stack of your business cards or brochures at the table to be passed out with our generic MN.LGBT Therapists' Network card.  This is a one-time offer.
    3)  Join the Pride Table Creative Team to come up with fun ideas for the booth. The next meeting will be in May.  Contact Dennis Christian for more information: support@dennischristian.com     Members are encouraged to participate in this first-time effort in whatever way they can. (Sign-up sheets will be available at the Spring workshop.)

III. LGBTQ Mental Health Issues first ever MIDWEST Conference at UM: March 26, 2010!         JOIN THE COMMITTEES! SUBMIT A PROPOSAL!

~~~~~Be on the cutting edge! Volunteer now!~~~~~
 The one-day conference, which will be held at the UM in Spring 2010, will be open to all mental health professionals and students in the mental health fields. We are in the early planning stages. We need your help! Sign up sheets will be available at the Spring workshop.
(See Steering Committee Update below.)


MN.LGBT Therapists' Network is in collaboration with the GLBTA Programs Office at the University of Minnesota to co-host an all-day midwest conference on LGBTQ mental health issues. IT's THE FIRST OF ITS KIND! Planning has begun and your participation will help guarantee a successful conference.

Conference Date: Friday, March 26, 2010
Title: "Beyond the Boxes: Emerging Trends in LGBTQ Mental Health"
Location: Coffman Union, UM

"The Network" Steering Committee Update:

EXCITING NEW THINGS ARE HAPPENING!
JOIN THE STEERING COMMITTEE or the PRIDE Table sub-committee or 2010 Conference sub-committee!

All members are welcome to join the steering committee or Conference Planning sub-committees or come to meetings!  We need help and ideas!

Welcome to our new committee members: Bonnie Berg & Owen Konecnik!

Next Meeting:

DATE: Friday, May 1, 2009
TIME: 12:30-2:30pm (bring your bag lunch)
PLACE: The Semple Mansion: Office of Irene Greene, Suite 203, 100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, 55404
Located across from the Plymouth Congregational Church. Ample free parking in front of the building and in the Plymouth Congregational Church lot across the street (across LaSalle Avenue). All members welcome!

Steering Committee Agenda (first 1/2 hour: The Network steering committee business mtg; second part: Conference Planning Committee Mtg):
12:30-1:00: The Network Business Meeting
 
1-2:30: Planning Meeting for 2010 LGBTQ Mental Health Issues Conference:
(coordinated by the MN.LGBT Therapist Network and the University of MNGLBTA Programs Office, w/the help of other UM & other metro LGBTA agencies)
Participate in one or all of four ways:

1. General Conference Planning Committee, Co-Chair, Irene Greene (irenegreene@earthlink.net ) (with Anne Phibbs, UM GLBTA Programs Office)
2. Program Committee, Chair, Bonnie Burg (bburglcsw@aol.com ) (The first meeting of the Program Committee is Friday, 4/24, 3:30-5pm at 91 Snelling, St. Paul, Bonnie's office. FYI: 651.647.4412.)
3. Community Liaison Committee, Chair, Owen Konecnik (owen@counselorminneapolis.com )
4. Publicity Committee, Chair Dennis Christian (support@dennischristian.com )

Sign Up.  Be Involved.  Spread the Word. Think about a workshop proposal.

WATCH FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Irene @ irenegreene@earthlink.net or 612.874.6442 if you would like information about any of these above activities and/or to help.

We welcome more help on the Network Steering Committee:  Dennis Christian, Mindy Benowitz, Phil Oxman, Owen Konecnik, Bonnie Berg, & Irene Greene.

www.LGBTtherapists.org
Check out our website:www.LGBTtherapists.org  
Find your information and check out other therapists' information.

GROUPS
(1) New informal casual group for Gay Dads with kids
I thought the Mental Health Providers Network
therapists might want to know about it because their clients
who are gay dads might find it helpful.

Here's the synopsis:
We are a group of gay dads with preschool or school age children who get together for a play dates with their kids.
We talk and chat while the kids swing, slide and generally go jungle gymming around the playground.
Chats might include topics such as parenting, gay parenting, fun stuff to do with kids, potty training tips, weather, sports, arts, theatre, etc

This group might be for you if
* You've been headbutted by a toddler and laughed
* Had an expensive vase used as a ball and it was smashed and then you laughed, cried or called Macy's for a new one
* Had an argument with your partner about who's turn it was to change your toddler's dirty diaper
* Stuck your hand into a hopefully poopy free toilet to retrieve toys, hair product, a roll of toilet paper, or foam bath letters
* Your dinner parties now serve gourmet tater tots and chicken tenders with 4 cheese mac-n-cheese (you laugh, but admit it, it's at least organic)
* Instead of frequenting the newest and best restaurants you know all the best parks to burn off your kids energy
* You get why the straight folks always talked about kids being a big damper on their bedroom activities.

I've also included the web address here:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MNGayDadsNetwork/
Please feel free to email me with any questions.
Thanks so much for continuing the LGBTMHPN,
Doug
djpetrie_mpls@hotmail.com  

(2) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group (for teenage girls) Beginning June 09:
Michelle Hunt-Graham, MA, LMFT with Inside Out Life Development and Heidi Waldoch, MA, LAMFT with Bridging Hope Counseling are teaming up to offer a 20-week DBT Skills Group for teenage girls in June. Goals of DBT Skills Group:
 Increase Mindfulness
 Improve Interpersonal effectiveness
 Learn Emotion regulation skills
 Increase Distress tolerance abilities
 Balance of coping with emotions and solutions
 Processing of internal and external information
 Balance of feelings and behaviors
 Attend to current, near future and distant future Who Could Attend:  Adolescent girls age 11-17 & Parents will be invited to attend monthly Where: Rogers Therapy Group, 21000 Rogers Drive Suite 200, Rogers, MN 55374  Insurance/Cost: Out-of-Network Insurance Benefits available & Sliding Scale Fee For Service FFI: Heidi Waldoch, MA, LAMFT   763.291.5505         www.bridginghopecounseling.com <http://www.bridginghopecounseling.com/ >
 or: Michelle Hunt-Graham, MA, LMFT          612.750.0011                 www.insideoutlifedevelopment.com <http://www.insideoutlifedevelopment.com/

(3) PRIDE Institute Announces Kindred Program: 
 The Kindred Program uses individual, family, and multi-family sessions to discuss treatment and recovery for the entire family. Offered two weekends per month, this program promises to provide more support for clients and for families prior to a client leaving the residential or outpatient program. At this time Kindred is limited to only invited family members of clients in one of PRIDE Institute's programs. For more information, contact Nicky Simon-Burton at 952-934-7554.
   

Therapists & Clinical Referrals Wanted & Consultation Offered:
  (FYI: requests for therapists are open to any Network member. They come to us via email from our website. Any Network member who wants to respond to a request is welcome to do so. it is a perk of your membership.)

(1) Therapist wanted:
From: <t9nickle@gmail.com >
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009
 I'm lost in translation. I feel as a women inside and look like a man on the out. I feel obligated to act like a man around all the people i know and has sent me into a depressional state. I just want professional help instead of family and friends who all say the same thing and that is something i would like to discuss. Nick

(2) Therapist wanted:
From: <wont.need.air@gmail.com >
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 08:34:24 -0700 (PDT)
Comment: I'm looking for a therapist in the Twin Cities area.  Could you give me some information about you guys? Jess

(3) Referral Wanted:
I am looking for a depression group for a client.
Simmie Parlow
651.482.8467

(4) Referral Wanted:
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009
FROM: Paula Childers <PChilders@tasksunlimited.org >
I'm writing to ask if you know of any therapists in the GLBT community who have expertise working with people with Asperger's?   Thanks!!!    Paula
 
(5) Therapist consultation group starting:
Chronic Trauma Disorders Consultation Group:

I am starting a consultation group for clinicians who work with clients with chronic trauma disorders and with Axis II disorders. The first meeting is scheduled at 1:00 PM on 1 May 2009. At that time we will finalize a schedule; we are likely to meet bi-weekly. I price the consultation groups based on my hourly rate and the numbers of participants. Three individuals are currently involved in the group.

For more information, call Charme Davidson at 612.870.0510 or write to me at
charmedavidson@earthlink.net .

(6) Therapists Wanted for Research Study:
Date: 7 Apr 2009
Subject: Research regarding mental health professionals who work with women who have experienced domestic violence in their same-sex relationships

Dear Mental Health Professional,

My name is Macarena Corral, and I am a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Argosy University in the Twin Cities and a therapist at the Domestic Abuse Project. I am currently working on a clinical research project. This project examines the experiences of mental health professionals who have expertise in providing therapy to women who have experienced domestic violence in their same-sex relationships. By gaining a greater understanding of the experiences of the therapists, I hope that this study will expand our understanding of the ways in which mental health professionals may better help lesbian victims of domestic violence.

Participation in this study will consist of one interview that will last no more than 90 minutes, as well as one brief follow-up interview that will take place approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the initial interview. The purpose of this follow-up interview is to review the results of the study. Participants in this study will be mental health professionals who are currently treating lesbian victims of domestic violence in individual therapy. Since identifying these specific providers will be difficult, I hope to find participants by asking faculty and practicing mental health professionals in the community to nominate possible participants for this study. If you know of a mental health professional that has worked with lesbian victims of domestic violence and to whom you would feel comfortable referring clients, or if you would like to participate in this study, please contact me at (612) 242-9269 or email me at macarenacorral@gmail.com .

If you have any questions regarding the safety of this study, you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair, Saundra Foderick, at (651) 846-3520 or by email at sfoderick@argosy.edu . My study will be conducted under supervision of my clinical research project chair, Dr. Ashley Sovereign. You may contact her at asovereign@argosy.edu . Thank you for taking the time to help me with my research study.

Sincerely,
Macarena Corral, M.A.

Upcoming Classes & Workshops:

(1) May 4-9th Mental Health First Aid Training in MN (scholarships available):
Funding for this wonderful opportunity is from the State of Minnesota through the Adult Mental Health Division of the Department of Human Services.  A partnership between DHS, NAMI Minnesota and Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs enables us to bring this exciting course to you at well below the $3500.00 estimated value. Your rate will be just $1000.00.

Plenty of Full Scholarships are still available (this will include hotel room and per diem if needed)
Please pass this information to those who may benefit from it.
 
One trial of 301 randomized participants found that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes. Unexpectedly, the study also found that Mental Health First Aid improved the mental health of the participants themselves. 
 
To date, Mental Health First Aid has been replicated in England, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Wales and Singapore. In the US, we truly value the supporting evidence and strive to achieve fidelity to the original Mental Health First Aid program developed in Australia. In the next ten years, we hope that Mental Health First Aid in the US will become as common as CPR and First Aid training. It has the potential to reduce stigma, improve mental health literacy, and empower individuals - the benefits are limitless!
 
Get Ahead of the Curve-Be among the first in this country to become certified. 
 
For more information:
Roxanne Anderson
Crisis Project Director
NAMI Minnesota
800 Transfer Road Suite 31
St. Paul, MN 55114
651-645-2948 or 1-888-nami helps
randerson@nami.org
www.namihelps.org <http://www.namihelps.org >
 
(2) Women  in Transition Workshops: (a letter to therapists):
From: Dina Stender <dstender@Resource-MN.org >
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:58:14 -0500
Subject: Women in Transition - Employment Services for Women.

Dear Counselor/Therapist:

We recognize you as valuable community resource for women and want to give you information about a service that can help women become more successful in achieving financial and emotional stability.

Since 1980,  Women in Transition a private, nonprofit agency funded by United Way and Hennepin County, has provided employment counseling and job placement assistance.  We work on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income.  Workshop scholarships are also available for women on extremely limited income. 

We offer three types of small group workshops - Workplace Effectiveness, Job Transition Services and Personal Effectiveness (self esteem).  Through these initial sessions we help women discover what jobs best fit their interests and skills.  We also assist in finding work that meets their goals. Weekly follow up support continues until the right job is found.

Our philosophy is to help women gain self-confidence and self-knowledge.  This is the first step that each woman will need to navigate more successfully in the workforce.  For many, Women in Transition's workshops or coaching sessions are the only opportunity they have to share/discuss their struggles, fears, hopes, etc. in a nurturing, positive setting.

Three out of four women find jobs in less than three months with Women in Transitions support and guidance.  We offer workshops both day and evening, free parking, accessible facilities and are on metro transit bus routes.

 For more information (our brochure and current workshop schedule) please call me at (612)752-8444 or email me at dstender@resource-mn.org .

We greatly appreciate your partnership.

Sincerely,

Dina Stender
Marketing Specialist, Women in Transition
Employment Action Center
6715 Minnetonka Boulevard Suite 212
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
612-752-8444  Fax 612-752-8401
dstender@resource-mn.org
Serving the Community for 30 Years

(3) Workshop: Introduction to Sexual Compulsivity Treatment on May 5:
Join Weston Edwards, PhD, and take an intensive look into sexual compulsivity treatment. This interactive six CEU training provides clinicians with an understanding of how to work with clients around sex addiction and so much more. The seminar is on May 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and includes a light breakfast, 6 CEUs, program materials, and lunch for only $100. For registration information call 952-934-7554 and ask for Lindsey Tinucci.
 
(4) Women's Sexuality Workshops:
Embrace your sexuality as a source of
deep joy, emotional healing, and spiritual growth.

Diana Soline, Women's Temple
510-919-5350
www.womenstemple.com
<diana@womenstemple.com >

Upcoming Events:

(1) For Women: Moving Sexual Energy
Part 1 Apr 29th
Part 2 May 27
Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm Minnetonka, MN
Lots of people talk about sexual energy, but what is it? How do you work with it and learn how to channel it? Learn a set of simple but powerful practices to move energy through your body. Whether you are using it to feel more present and aware during a busy day or to achieve a full body orgasm while making love, the ability to circulate your sexual energy will benefit your health, mood and productivity throughout the day.
 Lecture, breath, awareness and movement exercises.
 Sliding scale:
$20-$45 per eve
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(2) For Women: Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality
Lecture, discussion, questions and answers.
Saturday, May 16th 3pm-5pm
 Sacred Paths Center 
777 Raymond Ave. Saint Paul MN 55114
651-644-3727
 Rarely do we see the words "Sexuality" and "Spirituality" in the same sentence. However, deep empowerment comes from fully integrating the two. You are invited to listen and participate in a discussion on the importance in every day life of integrating your spiritual and sexual selves.
Suggested Donation $5-$15
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(50% of proceeds will go to "One Million Empowered Russian Women" Project Fund)
 diana@womenstemple.com  

(5) LGBTQA Couples' Workshop: (Two workshops: one geared to non-traditional relationships, i.e., poly, open)
"Shakin' Up Your Relationship Mojo: Improving Your Communication and Getting Your Mutual Needs Met"
This fun and nonjudgmental workshop for LGBTQA couples explores celebrating your strengths, honoring differences, identifying communication ruts, learning strategies to share your needs & to listen to each other better, managing conflict, and increasing affection and sex.
 
Sat., May 16, 9-430pm. & Sat., June 20, 9-430pm

$250/couple; payment plan negotiable.
Irene Greene, Psychotherapist & Mediator
The workshop will fill quickly.
For flyer:  irenegreene@earthlink.net
100 West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55404
612.874.6442

Conferences:

(1) Trans Community Health & Wellness Conference:
Fri, May 15 - Sat, May 16, 2009
Metropolitan State University
The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition presents its 3rd annual health and wellness conference for trans and gender variant people, partners, friends, family, medical providers, allies and community. Friday will be "Provider's Day" with sessions on trans health for health practitioners, educators, and students. Saturday will be "Community Day" for trans people, partners, family, and allies to explore health and wellness. Keynotes will be MJ Gilbert (Co-Chair of the U of M Transgender Commission), Earline Budd and Ignacio Rivera. Volunteers, sponsors and planners needed! www.mntranshealth.org/

(2) Sexy Spring VI Conference:
WHEN: June 5-7, 2009
WHERE: Minneapolis, Minnesota
WHAT: Workshops/skillshares focused on exploring the ways our gender, bodies, health, sexuality, choices, communication, relationships, and sex affect our lives and communities.  A variety of exploration methods are used, including workshops/skillshares, discussions, networking, demonstrations, art, storytelling, performance, play, etc..  Sexy Spring is a product of the people who assist plan, coordinate, and host as much as the people who attend and participate.  Therefore, Sexy Spring seeks to attract a very diverse collection of perspectives to attend, as well as assist plan, coordinate, and host. The scope of Sexy Spring is very broad and applicable to very diverse audiences: encompassing body, health, values, beliefs, opinions, perspectives, communities, cultures, expression, relationships, activities, practices, and accessories.
WEBSITE: http://sexyspring.org/
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime via e-mail (lhhegland@precisainc.com ) or telephone (612.378.7028).
Lance H. Hegland, Outreach Consultant

Upcoming Events: 

(1) Play on Domestic Violence & Fundraiser for Domestic Abuse Project:
Please join us for the Premiere Performance of "Gender Bender"
Presented by Domestic Abuse Project and Mixed Blood Theatre.
 May 14, 2009

With music and dramatic irony, Gender Bender explores the roots, social forces and cycles of domestic violence in the tale of Jo and Heller, a young couple facing love and life's consequences.
Written for DAP's Bridging Perspectives event by award-winning Twin Cities playwright Syl Jones.
Performed by internationally renowned Mixed Blood Theatre.

Reception and Silent Auction at 5:30pm.  Performance at 7:00pm.
Tickets $20 (includes 1 complimentary drink ticket)
{Performed at Marriott City Center, 30 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402}

Sponsored by John & Jill Trautz.  All Proceeds Benefit the Domestic Abuse Project.
Purchase tickets today!  Call 612.874.7063 or
 The website for the conference and the play information is   www.bridgingperspectives.org

(2) "Ten More Good Years" Fundraiser Screening
:
May 14  
Please join us "OUT at the Movies" with Lavender Magazine for "Ten More Good Years," a new documentary film on GLBT aging, presented in support of GLBT Generations and Spirit on Lake Housing Cooperative. Ten More Good Years follows four LGBT elders and explores the reasons why so many in this community age alone, without financial stability, and often return to the closet. Yet there is hope; while the government continues to ignore the unique challenges and concerns these elders are facing, the gay community is finding ways to care for themselves. Ten More Good Years sheds light on the injustices LGBT elders are facing and offers hope for the future.
May 14
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45)
Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights
Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Buy tickets in advance online-find the link at spiritonlake.org  -or in person at Heights Theatre or Wilde Roast Cafe, 518 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Or call Barbara Satin at (612) 670-1978. A double feature evening: Following "Ten More Good Years," see "Coffee Date," a caffeinated comedy of sexual confusion.

LGBT News Bits:

Another Anti-Gay Bullying Suicide
Jim Burroway  www.boxturtlebulletin.com
April 21st, 2009

Six hundred people gathered this evening to remember Jaheem Herrera, an 11-year-old Atlanta-area boy who hanged himself at home after relentless anti-gay bullying at his elementary school. According to his family, Jaheem came home from school last Thursday and hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom closet.

The DeKalb County schools, where Jaheem attended elementary school, reportedly have an anti-bullying program in place. But one classmate reported witnessing a bullying incident in the boys room that was so severe that Jaheem passed out. According to Jaheem's mother, she repeatedly complained to school officials about Jaheem's harassment, but nothing was done.

This latest death follows two other recent bullying-related suicides. Eleven-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Springfield, Massachusetts hanged himself with an electrical cord after repeated bullying with gay taunts. Seventeen-year-old Eric Mohat of Mentor, Ohio killed himself after a classmate publicly dared him in class to shoot himself. He was repeatedly called "queer," "fag," and "homo," often in front of his teachers.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong." - C.G. Jung

About this eNewsletter:
The MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter is a free networking tool for members of the LGBT Therapist Network. All Network members are welcome to contribute to this grass-roots bi-weekly eNewsletter. Just send your referral question, announcement, member accomplishment, space available information, event, conference, workshop, group information, or other pertinent notice to irenegreene@earthlink.net .

The MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter is sent out every second Tuesday of the month.  All responses to questions, ads, workshops, etc. should be emailed directly back to the contact person in the notice. If you want your name added or deleted from the Network email list, please contact us.  Please note that if you do decide to delete your email, you will no longer receive general Network
communications, such as event announcements. If you want to become a member of this organization please visit:  <http://www.LGBTTherapists.org >
Thank you! Irene Greene, MN LGBT Therapist eNewsletter Coordinator 

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