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11th Annual

ALGBTICAL Spring Workshop

Friday, April 7, 2017


Friday, April 7, 2017

Homewood Library (Birmingham Area)

Co-Sponsored by ALCA Chapter IV

Theme: Bisexuality and Gender Fluidity / New Perspectives on the Spectrum of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression



Keynote Speaker: Brandi Burgess / Bisexual Daughter of Radio Host Rick Burgess of Rick & Bubba Show / LGBTQ Southern Stories: Implications for Counselors and Parents on Subversive Love and Hidden Identities




Under the leadership of President Dina Marble and Workshop Chair Gary Williams, ALGBTICAL (Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling of Alabama) and ALCA Chapter IV presented the 11th annual Spring Workshop on Friday, April 7, 2017. The workshop took place at the Homewood Public Library (in the Birmingham area) from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The event featured prominent guest speakers and a fascinating panel discussion. We would like to thank all the attendees for their participation.  And we would like to thank the dedicated members of the workshop committee for their hard work.


It was a very successful event!  The workshop was very well attended! Over 100 counselors from around the state came to the event, making this workshop the best-attended workshop for ALGBTICAL in 11 years.  All of our presenters did a great job!  Feedback from the attendees was outstanding!  Everyone had a great time and learned lots of new things!  It was great seeing our friends and colleagues from around the state! 




Attendees were especially impressed with Brandi Burgess, who was the keynote speaker.  She is an Actor, Director, Teaching Artist. She is the Education Programs Manager at Philadelphia Theatre Company, where she manages teaching artists, designs curriculum for students, fosters school partnerships and facilitates theatre accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Brandi has been a teaching artist for 10 years, working with diverse populations. She was the Special Programs Director at Wolf Performing Arts Center where she facilitated the “citizen artist” initiative that empowered people to evaluate the civic duty of an artist and create an original play with a social justice platform. She also designed Wolf PAC’s inclusion practices, as well as founded QUILT, a multi-faceted theatre program that served individuals on the autism spectrum. Brandi has designed two premiere “relaxed performances” for theaters in the Philadelphia area, which offer modified rules for patrons with unique sensory processes. Other favorite gigs include serving as Assistant Artistic Director for Prague Youth Theatre, directing 10 shows in one season, as well as serving as a teaching artist at the acclaimed New Victory Theatre in New York City. Brandi also enjoys community organizing, acting, and writing.





--Keynote Speaker: Brandi Burgess

LGBTQ Southern Stories: Implications for Counselors & Parents on Subversive Love & Hidden Identities


--Bisexuality 101: Identity, Inclusion, & Resources

By Natalie Beck (UAB Health & Wellness Center)


--Counselor Ethics in Working with Bisexual & Gender Fluid Clients

By Paul Hard (AUM Counselor Education) & Patrick Faircloth (Troy Univ Montgomery Counselor Education)


--Medical & Mental Health Competencies When Serving Bisexual Clients

By Stephanie Perry (UAB Psychiatry Clinics & LGBTQ Mental Health & Wellness Clinic)


--Panel Discussion: Mental Health Professionals, Advocates, and Volunteers Who Identify as Bisexual

Facilitated by Karen Musgrove (Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Executive Director)



Amanda Keller (Magic City Acceptance Center)  

Lacey Kennedy (Youth Advocacy Organizer, AIDS Alabama)

Natalie Beck (UAB Health & Wellness Center)

Brandi Burgess (Writer and Activist)

Caitlin Faircloth (Troy University)





Workshop Program Booklet

Workshop Evaluation Form

LGBT Terminology Handout

Brandi Burgess Video

Brandi Burgess Website

GLAAD Ally Guide to Terminology

Bisexuality 101: Identity, Inclusion, & Resources

Gathering Clinical Data on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Counselor Ethics for Working with Bisexual and Gender Fluid Clients

Medical & Mental Health Competencies in Working With LGBTQ Clients



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