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ALGBTICAL Spring Workshop
Friday, April 8, 2016, University of Montevallo
Featuring: Arlene Istar Lev, Nationally Acclaimed Author, Educator, Therapist, Social Worker, and LGBTQ Expert
Theme: Serving LGBT Families Across the Rainbow
We are proud to report that our 10th annual Spring Workshop was a huge success! Counselors from across the state attended this incredible professional development opportunity on Friday, April 8, at the University of Montevallo. We had a record attendance!
This year's theme is "Serving LGBT Families Across the Rainbow." The keynote speaker is Arlene Lev, a nationally known social worker, family therapist, educator, and author whose work addresses the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
Sex & Gender Diversity
Counseling Same-Sex Couples
Transgender Coming Out
Couples & Families
Gender Non-Conforming Children
The workshop also included a Graduate Student Poster Session, Information Tables, Lunch, and Refreshments. We also sold our official ALGBTICAL t-shirts and we distributed info packets.
Our special guest speaker was Arlene Istar Lev. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting providing individual and family therapy. She is the Director of TIGRIS (Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality), a training program in Albany, New York.
Attendees learned about the therapeutic issues impacting LGBTQ people and their families within a developmental and systemic perspective. The workshop examined evolving definitions and identity integration, and the role of discrimination in psychological development. We will examine barriers to successful and ethical treatment, including the specific concerns for transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming clients and their families, based on the presenterís award winning text, Transgender Emergence. The workshop also examined the role of the psychotherapist in evaluation for medical treatment, the evolving Standards of Care, and specific issues in treating children and youth.
Many thanks to our sponsors: UAB Dept of Human Studies, UAB Department of Psychiatry, PFLAG Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays. And many thanks to our partners: University of Montevallo and University of North Alabama.
Association for Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama