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Complex Trauma and LGBTQI+ Clients: Ethical and Clinical Competencies
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When: Monday, June 25, 2018
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: King Avenue United Methodist Church
299 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio  43201
United States
Presenter: Ling Lam, PhD
Contact: Carolyn Green

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6 CE-Ethics for psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage & family therapists

Registration Information: (Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.)

Registration deadline is June 15, 2018.

Save $20 by registering on or before May 25, 2018 with the Early Bird Discount!

OPA Member Fee: $150 | OPA Student Member Fee: $100 | Non-OPA Member Fee: $180  

Program Description:

This workshop focuses on helping participants acquire the ethical and clinical competencies when working with complex trauma in LGBTQI+ clients. An evidence-based, relational-focused, neurobiological-informed integrative approach of working with complex trauma will be presented with a specific application in working with LGBTQI+ clients. Detailed clinical vignettes and video sessions will be analyzed to extract useful lessons in case conceptualization as well as practical clinical skills. Ethical considerations and culturally appropriate interventions will be highlighted throughout the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize main clinical issues when working with LGBTQI+ clients. 
  2. Summarize main clinical issues when working with complex trauma. 
  3. Describe how complex trauma intersects with LGBTQI+ identity. 
  4. Describe how case conceptualization informs ethical practice in working with this population. 
  5. Demonstrate culturally competent therapeutic interventions in working with this population. 
  6. Identify possible ethical challenges in managing counter-transferential and countertraumaticmaterial.
  7. Identify strategies to manage these challenges.

About the speaker:
Ling Lam, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Counseling Psychology Department at Santa Clara University and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. He teaches classes on complex trauma, LGBTQI+ counseling, law and ethics, multicultural counseling and couple therapy. Ling was the founding Clinical Director of the San Jose chapter of A Home Within, the largest national non-profit dedicated to serving the emotional needs of foster children. Before he became a licensed therapist, Ling worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley and was part of the original engineering team that invented the world’s first HDMI chip.


Literary References:

  • Alderson, K. G. (2012). Counseling LGBTI Clients. Thousand Oaks, CA: Guilford. 
  • Dworkin, S.H., & Pope, M. (Eds) (2012). Casebook for Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
  • Transgender Persons and Their Families. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • BeBord, K. A., Fischer, A. R, Bieschke, K. J., & Perez, R. M. (Eds) (2016) Handbook of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Counseling and Psychotherapy. 
  • Bigner, J.K., & Wetchler, J. L. (Eds) (2012) Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy.


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