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MN LGBT Therapists Network News
March 2015

25+ years of LGBT-friendly mental health networking
vol. VIII, Issue 3

The Latest

Steering Committee
Friday April 24 - 12:15 - 1:30pm
The Healing Well, Suite 203 - 2100 1st Ave S - Mpls
All members of the LGBT Therapists network are welcome to attend. RSVP (encouraged but not essential) to Irene Greene email
(612) 874-6442.

Therapists Network "Show & Tell"
Member networking & open mic entertainment
June (date, time, and location tbd)

Be thinking about what promotional materials you might bring.  And what talent might you share with the rest of us?

Photos for our Website
We are considering creating some photo galleries on our website of past  LGBT Therapists events.  Do you have some pictures you would like to share?  Please contact us for directions on how to get them to us.

Steering Committee Meeting February 2015
Bobby Reis, Mindy Benowitz, White Ash, Irene Greene

Beyond The Boxes II Survey
We are pleased to report that we received over 50 responses to our Beyond The Boxes II survey.  A big thank you to everyone who filled it out and for your valuable feedback.  

Reminder:  RECLAIM! hiring two full-time senior therapists/supervisors
"We are seeking 2 full time Senior Licensed Mental Health Therapists who are passionate about the mission and values of RECLAIM. We are building a community of emerging and experienced practitioners who apply post-modern principles to their practice. We engage clients in holistic healing that addresses as many areas of need as possible. We specialize in supporting youth around sexual orientation and gender identity while recognizing all aspects of identity reclamation. RECLAIM is committed to recruiting candidates with lived experience in communities of color and/or transgender communities.
One full time position will be offered to a candidate qualified to oversee the activities of the POC Cohort and the second position will be offered to a candidate with the qualifications to oversee either the Training or Integrative Care area of expertise (see descriptions below). We are seeking mature professionals who have extensive clinical experience and a demonstrated history of successful supervision and support of interns, fellows and/or supervisees. These therapists will have responsibility for overseeing some aspects of clinic functioning. In addition, the ability to do a variety of community trainings based on the knowledge of the client population is also necessary."
more info and application procedures


Can't Convert Love MN Looking for Testimonies & Support
Can't Convert Love MNHave You or Someone You Know Been Impacted by “Ex-Gay” Therapy? If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by the harmful effects of conversion therapy (also known as “ex-gay” or reparative therapy), Can’t Convert Love MN wants to hear from you. Contact Gabe at gabe@cclmn.org.
Can't Convert Love MN is a legislative campaign to end this unethical practice by passing the Protection From Conversion Therapy Act, which would:
• prohibit conversion therapy for anyone under the age of 18 and for vulnerable adults;
• prohibit medical assistance funding for conversion therapy.
The bill was introduced last week in the State Senate, but there is more to do be done to raise awareness and support:
Like Can’t Convert Love MN on Facebook and
check out their website to see how you can make a difference.
sign the petition  - join a regional campaign - donate

Website for MN Q Youth

Up-to-date announcements & activities for LGBTQA Youth from The Family Partnership

Willmar Students Looking for LGBTQIA+ Resources
From Claire of Technical Academies:
"I work at a charter school in Willmar, MN, and supervise our Gay-Straight Alliance. Our school is project-based, meaning that students are encouraged to get involved in the community and seek answers from community experts. I've had students inquire about LGBTQIA+ issues and would love to connect them with community members/experts to further their learning. Unfortunately, Willmar has zero LGBTQIA+ resources, including medical practitioners or psychological support. I would hugely appreciate any advice or connections for my students."

3-day Workshop:  Facilitating Cultural Change
Training for Change Agents
March 25-27 – St. Paul
Phyllis Braxton and Beth Zemsky

More than ever, teams and organizations need to increase their effectiveness and cultural competency in order to face today's challenges, meet their missions, achieve their goals, and serve diverse customers and communities.
Facilitating Cultural Change is for you if you want to…
• Build a strong foundation for leading and managing differences
• Increase your intercultural leadership skills
• Facilitate building intercultural skills in others
• Be a champion in your organization to support organizational cultural change towards increased equality, diversity and inclusion.
Registration Fee:
• $1,000 fee covers registration and all materials for Facilitating Cultural Change.
• Group Registration: 3 or more from the same organization receives a discount of 10% ($900 per person)
• Early Registration (by February 25th): $50 off ($950 per person) (cannot be taken with Group discount)
For more information, contact:
Phyllis Braxton - phyllis@pinkconsultingllc.comwww.pinkconsultingllc.com
Beth Zemsky - beth@bethzemsky.comwww.bethzemsky.com

PESI CE Seminars  

Upcoming April & May seminars include:
*Trauma, Attachment & Neuroscience with Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma
*Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom: Tools to Improve Self-Regulation, Learning and Classroom Climate
*Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Made Easy
*Psychopharmacology: What You Need to Know Today About Psychiatric Medications
*Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Kids and Adolescents: Proven and Practical CBT Techniques
*Handwriting Success: Creating a Motivational Program
*The Art of Mindful Anger: Transforming a Difficult Emotion into a Powerful Therapeutic Device
*Enhancing Phonological & Metaphonological Skills of Children with Highly Unintelligible Speech: Hodson's Cycles Approach
*Motivational Interviewing
*Real-World DBT: Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Fit Your Practice
full schedule

Rainbow Health Initiative Dance!Dance!
Sunday April 12 - Midpointe Event Center - St. Paul
webpage and reservations
RHI's 2015 gala event - Our guests will dance to the music of the Freedom Jazz Big Band throughout the event - taking a short break to experience the dance competition and vote for their favorite dancer! Modeled after "Dancing with the Stars", local celebrities will compete for your vote and for the title of Dance!Dance! 2015 Champion. Food, cash bar and great prizes.

Free LGBT Affirmative Therapy Training
NDSU Family Therapy Center is providing a free training with free CEU's in 
Bismarck, ND (3/27/15), Mankato, MN (4/10/15), & Brainerd, MN (10/9/15).  
contact:  Michelle Pearson – email
training webpage – NDSU website

Camp True Colors, Minnesota
For youth identifying as LGBTQ
July 14-19 - Willow River, MN
Camp True Colors - Minnesota is for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth ages 13-18 who may or may not be participating in an out-of-home program.  This camp focuses on building a positive community and provides a safe and stigma-free place for its participants. Activities available include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and talent shows.  Education sessions on topics relevant to the LGBT community are also provided.  One Heartland partners with the True Colors Fund to offer Camp True Colors programs in New York, Texas and Minnesota.  
A message regarding Camp True Colors from the True Color Fund's Executive Director, Gregory Lewis: "We know that gay and transgender youth make up about 40 percent of the 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States, which is why a supportive effort like Camp True Colors has the potential to make a critical impact for more youth at risk than ever before. he True Colors Fund is working toward ending this crisis entirely, but in the meantime, for one week, young people will learn skills to keep them moving forward in life, and have the chance to truly be themselves.”
Camp True Colors, Minnesota webpage
True Colors Fund website

Call for Submissions for The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
The Nexus of Affectional Orientation and Gender
A special issue in the journal from the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling
Deadline for Manuscripts: May 15, 2015

The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling invites submissions for a special issue on The Nexus of Affectional Orientation and Gender Planned publication date for the special issue is December 2015. The focus of this special issue is on overlapping issues of gender/genderism/sexism and affectional orientation/heterosexism. As both sexism and heterosexism can manifest on individual, familial, institutional, and sociocultural levels, they affect the well-being and potentialities of those we serve as mental health professionals. Manuscripts should address issues relating to the overlap in gender and affectional orientation, with priority given to related research as well as ways in which counseling professionals can work at individual, systemic, and societal levels to address these issues. Manuscripts should be grounded in theory and research.
more info & submissions webpage

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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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