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Intersection of Identity: Considerations When Working with Gay Christian Males - Cleveland
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When: Friday, April 20, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: United States

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Intersection of Identity: Considerations When Working with Gay Christian Males The intersection of one’s sexual identity and religious identity is a sensitive issue that may be difficult for some counselors to address in session. Knowledge of this identity intersection is important for a variety of professional counseling areas, particularly clinical mental health counseling. How does one begin to address both areas effectively in a professional manner? This workshop will address the sexual identity of gay males, how this identity intersects with individuals’ religious identity, professional ethical considerations, and the various counseling implications. Counseling practitioners need this information to better prepare them for their work as clients may present with concerns related to the intersection of these identities. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn and dialogue about a conducted narrative analysis study involving research on this intersection of identities, the stories that came from participants, and what we as counselors can do to better serve this unique population. 1. Attendees will understand implications for clinical mental health counseling regarding the intersection of religious and sexual identities through a review of current and past salient research, as well as shared participant’s quotes from a recently conducted narrative analysis on this topic. 2. Attendees will gain awareness into counseling ethical considerations that professionals should be mindful of when working with this population. 3. Attendees will learn methods in which to best work with individuals who identify as both gay and as Christian in a clinical mental health counseling setting. Rob McKinney, M.S., LPC, NCC is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University. He earned his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. He is proud to be a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, and Chi Sigma Iota. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. His professional and research interests include multicultural counseling, religious and spiritual counseling considerations, and counselor preparation.

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John Carroll University

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John Carroll University - Dolan 202-203

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1 John Carroll Blvd

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University Heights

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