LGBT-Affirming Therapist Guild

Upcoming events

    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    Affirming Mental Health & Medical Care: Reflections from LGBTQ+ Community Members

    3:00-4:30, Online synchronous via Zoom

    Roundtable Summary: 

    The purpose of this moderated roundtable discussion, is to highlight the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in accessing ethical, safe, affirming mental and medical healthcare. Participants will share positive and negative experiences within healthcare spaces, discuss what affirming care looks like, and advise providers about best practices.

    Learning Objectives:

    Audience members will:

    • identify contributing factors to positive experiences of therapeutic alliance with LGBTQ+ populations.
    • identify contributing factors to negative experiences with LGBTQ+ populations.
    • learn about the needs and priorities of LGBTQ+ community members when seeking care.  

    Roundtable Icebreaker Questions

    (follow up questions from participants welcome)

    1. Tell us about an experience of receiving mental or physical healthcare that you remember fondly or impacted you in a positive way. 

    2. Tell us about a negative experience of receiving mental or physical healthcare.  

    3. What do you look for in medical and/or mental healthcare providers? 

    4. In your opinion, what makes a professional affirming of LGBTQ+ and other marginalized identities? 

    5. What advice would you give to mental and/or medical health professionals to provide care that affirms LGBTQ+ and other marginalized identities? 


    Taylor Michl ( ) Taylor Michl (they/them) is a Master's in Counseling student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Taylor's current research projects explore the study abroad experiences of transgender and gender expansive students, and the effects of therapeutic writing exercises on transgender wellbeing. Taylor practices LGBTQ+ advocacy in their roles as crisis worker, LGBTQ+ workshop facilitator, and career counseling graduate assistant. They look forward to serving gender diverse and other marginalized communities as a future counseling psychologist.


    Adam Kellogg, Christina Santiago, Alexis Figueroa, Benji Crow, Kai Kiefer-Eaves, Lori Sexton

    • 23 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • 44

    Lesbian-Affirming Client Care

    2 CEUs

    Online Synchronous, via Zoom



    Presenters will identify and explore the unique, multiple stressors and issues for Lesbians, offering helpful approaches and resources. The last 30 minutes is reserved for audience questions.

    Learning Objectives:

    1.     Introduce participants to the developmental challenges of Lesbian identity.

    2.     Discuss the importance of recognizing and affirming client’s self-identification.

    3.     Explore common struggles related to sexual abuse, trauma, and grief with Lesbians.

    4.     Identify the impact of familial, religious, and social norms.


    Megan Monroe, LSCSW

    Megan came out as Lesbian at age 20. After grad school in 1988, she worked as a therapist in various psychiatric hospital settings prior to starting her practice in 1990. She felt it important to be “out” as a Lesbian and use her life experience to inform her practice of providing in depth psychotherapy, specializing in working with sexual trauma, and serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community. After a year long battle with the phone company, they finally agreed to add the category “Gay and Lesbian” to the directory for her listing.

    Jude LaClaire, PhD, LCPC

    Jude is a Counselor, educator and author bringing over fifty years of counseling experience to each person, couple or family. She welcomes people of all ages, life styles, cultural and spiritual   backgrounds. She creates a safe environment to release trauma, emotional and physical pain. As an out Lesbian, mother and spouse in a long-term relationship, she has unique understanding of LGBTQ issues.

      Past events

      02 Dec 2020 Affirming Gender Expansive Clients
      05 Nov 2020 Understanding & Treating Religious Trauma: Negative Impacts of Purity Culture
      25 Mar 2020 Understanding & Treating Religious Trauma: Negative Impacts of Purity Culture
      22 Jan 2020 Therapeutic Considerations with LGBTQ+ Active Military and Veterans
      17 Dec 2019 Therapeutic Touch Practitioners: a Collaborative Resource
      03 Aug 2019 Joe Kort. pt 1: Sexual Identity, Behavior, & Fantasy. pt 2: Sexual Health and the Trauma Survivor
      21 May 2019 Understanding LGBTQ+ in Islam and Middle East Culture
      12 Mar 2019 Becoming a Resilient Leader
      12 Feb 2019 Helping Transgender Clients in Transition: A Counselor’s Guide
      08 Dec 2018 Self-Defense Training for LGBTQ Adults (free event)
      21 Sep 2018 Managing Compassion Fatigue: Self Care for the Care-Giver
      17 Aug 2018 The Impact of Microaggressions on the Nervous System: Outcomes and Treatment Approaches
      15 Jul 2018 Intimate Dinner with Doug Braun-Harvey
      19 May 2018 Guild Social
      19 Apr 2018 Utilizing Music Therapy with LGBTQI clients
      15 Mar 2018 How The Mankind Project
      15 Feb 2018 LGBTQ Affirming Guild Meeting
      30 Nov 2017 Exploring Erotic Transference and Countertransference
      21 Sep 2017 Scott Wescott: Sex Offender treatment issues and conceptualizing
      20 Jul 2017 Kyle Danner Presents on Marketing your Practice
      09 Jul 2017 Joe Kort Presentation and Reception
      18 May 2017 Lisa Meyers presents on Betty Dodson's Bodysex workshops and how somatic interventions can be therapeutically helpful and healing
      16 Mar 2017 March 16th 2017
      19 Jan 2017 Introduction to Neurobehavioral Programs by Jude LaClarie
      15 Dec 2016 Creating a safer inclusive medical community in Kansas City
      17 Nov 2016 Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Reconceptualizing Sex Addiction
      20 Oct 2016 Training and Planning
      15 Sep 2016 September CEU: Trauma-Informed and LGBTQ Culturally-Competent Care
      18 Aug 2016 August Monthly Meeting
      16 Jun 2016 June Self Care and Planning Meeting
      27 May 2016 BDSM and Intimate Partner Violence Training
      19 May 2016 May CEU Meeting- Growing and Sustaining Our LGBT Families
      21 Apr 2016 April 21st Case Consultation 2016
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