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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
December 2014

25+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. VII, Issue 5

The Latest

Beyond The Boxes II Survey
The deadline is the end of Monday December 15th when we will close the survey.  Thanks to everyone who has responded so far.  How about you - have you filled one out yet?   We want to make sure we get input from as many community members as possible.  Thank you in advance for your time to give us insight on what direction to take with this likely return event. Your input and opinions are very much appreciated.
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Balancing the Needs of Me, You and Us:  Communicating, Caring & Connecting

A fun, informative, zesty, tool-filled workshop that’s bound to strengthen your relationship.
Learn factors that foster stronger relationships. Assess your relationship's communication, problem-solving and emotional intimacy patterns. Learn concrete strategies to improve communication and connection. Come away with the building blocks for a "Relationship Care Plan" and a "Personal Care Plan." Large group discussion and personal and relationship reflection time.
Who: Adults (While we will not specifically address LGBTQ, poly or kink issues, this workshop is open & affirming of all types of consenting adult relationships and experiences; whether based in love, fun, play, romance or some combination thereof.)
Facilitated by: Irene Greene, psychotherapist and trainer
Choose one of these two sessions: Saturday, February 28, 2015 9am-4pm or Friday, March 6, 2015 9am-4pm
Where: South Minneapolis
Cost: $200/person. $100 deposit holds your reservation. Some scholarships are available. Upon receipt of your deposit, a confirmation will be sent to you.
For more information and to register: contact Irene at 612.874.6442 or email Irene@irenegreene.com
Register early as Irene’s workshops do fill up & space is limited.
Healthy snacks and refreshments, bibliography and notebooks provided.

Healing Justice for Black Lives Matter Thursday
Thursday December 18
With all the racial injustices in this country that are 
notably flaring up right now, the MN LGBT Therapists network's Steering Committee wants to take a stand to say that we care and are noticing. We hope all of our membership and community concurs, and want to call you to action by doing something positive, showing support through our solidarity. With Healing Justice for Black Lives Matter Thursday, there are several ways to participate on Thursday December 18.  The Healing Justice for Black Lives Matter Thursday Facebook page lists healers and practitioners who are dedicating all or part of their earnings that day to the cause.  The Facebook page also lists dedicated healing spaces, again with funds going to Black Lives Matters. You can also make a donation to Black Lives Matters Mike Brown page, which the BLM organizers say is the best link.  Thank you for coming together with us for this worthy and timely cause.

Community

Job Posting
Associate Clinical Director
Moose Lake, MN
$78,906 - $112,940 annually
The Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) is seeking an experienced clinician to oversee the delivery of behavioral mental health services as the Associate Clinical Director. MSOP provides comprehensive services to individuals who have been civilly committed as sexual psychopathic personalities or sexually dangerous persons. The treatment design integrates clinical, vocational, therapeutic recreation, education, and security throughout all phases of treatment toward the ultimate goal of successful reintegration. MSOP is led by seasoned professionals dedicated to their work for the comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and management of civilly committed sexual offenders. Join us for the next step in your career!
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Tips for a Happy Holiday
It is THAT time of year again after all. PFLAG has two nice succinct posts on how queer people and their friends, families and  allies can have a happy holiday season, including a "How Do I Tell Them?" section.  
Tips for a Happy Holiday for LGBTQ People
Tips for a Happy Holiday for Families, Friends, and Allies

Why Ferguson Matters for the LGBT Community
In the wake of last week’s Ferguson decision, in which a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, protests from all across the country erupted to show support for the Brown family and condemn police violence. National civil rights groups and black organizations from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles to Yale’s Black Law Association have spoken out against the jury’s verdict, and an historic joint letter from black church groups compared Ferguson to the “long and bloody trail of lynchings, deaths, and killings of African American youth…throughout our nation,” including Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin.

National LGBT groups have likewise criticized the Ferguson decision, coming together for a joint statement spearheaded by the Human Rights Campaign. “When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation,” the open letter read. “In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country.” The statement was also backed by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, PFLAG, the Center for Black Equity, National Black Justice Coalition, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work, and the ACLU.
read the entire Huffington Post article on The Daily Dot

Call for Presenters for GLBT In Recovery Event
From Kevin Champion:
"I am the board chair of GLBT in Recovery. We work under the fiscal sponsorship of Rainbow Health Initiative to provide social and educational events for recovering LGBTQ addicts and alcoholics.  We are planning an event for late January which will focus on combatting depression after the holidays. Maybe including seasonal affective disorder.  Most of our educational events are held on Saturday afternoons around 1pm and include a presentation by the speaker followed by a Q & A."
Contact Kevin kevinch300@gmail.com if you are interested in presenting.  
website:  glbtinrecovery.com

Looking for LGBTQ Therapy Consultation Group
I am a graduate student in the field of psychology and am new to the Twin Cities. I have been trying to find some mental health consultation groups to become a part of that are specific to lgbtq professionals and/or lgbtq students in the mental health field in this geographic area. If you know of any consultations groups specific to lgbtq related topics, I would appreciate getting connected with it!  I can be reached at mason253@umn.edu Thanks so much! Katy Mason

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