LGBT-Affirming Therapist Guild

Upcoming events

    • 17 Aug 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Jewish Family Services, 425 E. 63rd Street, KCMO 64110
    • 3

    Please be aware we have moved the location of this training to 425 E. 63rd Street

    We are located at 425 E. 63rd Street, inbetween Oak and Cherry.  The #63 bus stops basically outside our door and the #57 is about a half block west of us across from 7-11.  If parking fills up here, people can park 2 doors down at 601 E. 63rd St.

     Dr. Jennifer Sweeton will present on the Impact of Micro-aggressions on the nervous system for LGBTQ clients. 

    This is our first lunch time session. We are attempting to honor requests for different time and days for some members who can not make the 8am meeting times we previously limited ourselves too. 

    "Anyone born and raised in the United States is not immune from the racial, gender, and sexual orientation biases of the society," Dr. Stanley Sue.

    Microaggressions, which are brief, commonplace, and subtle verbal and nonverbal slights, insults, indignities, and denigrating messages directed toward an individual due to their group identity, often occur automatically and unconsciously (Sue, 2010). While usually committed by well-intentioned individuals who are unaware of the hidden messages being communicated, these experiences can have a cumulative effect on a person's physical and emotional health. This presentation discusses ways to identify microaggressions both in and out of therapy, presents research on how microaggressions can impact an individual's nervous system, discusses health outcomes of microaggressions, and outlines ways to begin addressing microaggressions.


    1. Define "microaggressions"

    2. Name at least three impacts of microaggressions on the nervous system, and the outcomes they are linked to. 

    3. State at least one way we can begin to "repair the tear" of microaggressions that occur in or out of the therapy context. 

     The Guild will provide a lunch box details to follow for those who sign up. Members lunch will be free. Non-paid members lunch will be $10.

    1.5 hours of CEU will be given. 

    • 21 Sep 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Jewish Family Services 425 E. 63rd Street, KCMO 64110

    Michael Boniello will be presenting: 

    This session will focus on the effects of compassion fatigue on worker performance and the types of interventions which are most effective in supporting healthy adaptation verses worker burnout. In addition to discussing the cognitive, emotional and behavioral symptoms that may arise as a result of prolonged professional helping, several possible strategies will be offered with regards to supporting self care, supporting worker safety and healthy trauma recovery, developing supervisory management styles that support resiliency versus stagnation, and preventing impaired service delivery. Ethical issues regarding clinical judgement and effective decision making will also be addressed. 

    By the end of this workshop, participants should: 

    1) Have a better understanding of symptoms of compassion fatigue and the etiology of burnout in the professional setting. 

    2) have a deeper understanding of the importance of self care in the professional arena and the need for behavioral changes (both regards to workers and their environments) in order to prevent worker burnout. 

    3) Have a better grasp on the types of interventions that promote self care and help effectively manage compassion fatigue effectively. 

    4) Be able to develop a personal self care plan and monitor progress towards more effective functioning as a professional. 

    Michael Boniello, LSCSW, LCSW

    Michael Boniello is a licensed clinical social worker in both Kansas and Missouri. He has been in private practice for the past 30 years in Prairie Village, KS where he specialized in trauma recovery, addictions (including sexual compulsivity) and the treatment of sex offenders. Prior to establishing his own practice, he served as program manager of adolescent sex offenders at the Wyandot Center and as a staff clinical on the adult sex offender unit. In addition to his clinical practice he has consulted with a number of agencies including DFS, DCF and Lansing Correctional Facility. He has also presented at numerous conferences on the state, national and international levels on topics as varied as Assessing Sexually Addictive Behavior, The Treatment of the Sexually Abused Child, Managing Compassion Fatigue and the Treatment of Clergy Who Offend, Lastly, he was a faculty member at the University of Kansas from 1995-2016 where he taught Clinical Social Work Practice, Mental Health and Psychopathology, Clinical Social Work Supervision, Solution Focused Therapy and Social Work with Traumatized Populations. 

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