LGBT-Affirming Therapist Guild

Upcoming events

    • 29 Jul 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • (online synchronous, via Zoom)

    Ethics: Applying an Intersectional Lens to Trauma in the Black LGBTQI+ Community

    3 CEUS



    While there is immense power in being both a person of color and LGBTQI+, having multiple marginalized identities can magnify discrimination and increase susceptibility to traumatic experiences. Supportive parents, professionals and communities are essential. 

    The Multiple Minority Stress Model provides ethical guidance to therapists working with Black LGBTQI+ clients. Participants will learn the importance of practicing cultural humility to engage conversations and strategies for healing that are both trauma responsive and person centered.  Through this workshop, participants will recognize the importance of applying an intersectional lens to the unique experiences of Black LGBTQI+ people.



    • Utilize the Minority Stress Model to better understand trauma experienced by Black LGBTQI+ people, specifically focusing on health outcomes, suicide and community violence  
    • Define cultural humility and its ethical application to providing trauma responsive and person-centered healing spaces
    • Understand the role of parents, professionals and the overall community in serving as a protective factor and actions to advance equity and justice with Black LGBTQI+ clients
    • Debunk the focus of individual resilience and recognize how ecological context promotes well-being


    For the past 25 years Crystal has been driven by her personal experiences of trauma to educate, advocate, and amplify the voices of individuals and communities in order to promote healing and opportunities to move from surviving to thriving. Crystal helps individuals heal from their personal traumas and work alongside professionals to create trauma informed, culturally inclusive and person-centered spaces.  Her experiences include advocacy within the child welfare system; oversight of child and youth programs; crisis hotline response; delivery of community based mental health services and implementing trauma informed strategies and programs for school districts.  She has been called upon to provide training, coaching and consultation across the nation in the subject areas of Human Trafficking, Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Child Trauma & Maltreatment and Racial Trauma.  She is a fierce advocate for social justice and leads courageously to dismantle oppressive systems and create equitable and just services, policies and programs. Crystal offers numerous trainings through

    • 11 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • online, synchronous, via Zoom

    Building Queer Families: Conception, Emotional & Legal Issues, and Resources

    1.5 CEUs


    There are many factors to consider when folks want to grow their families. These issues are compounded for queer (LGBTQIA+) families. This session will discuss the decisions many queer families make in order to grow. While the financial burden can be a deciding factor, the business of creating children when not all families have the biological pieces needed to easily reproduce is often daunting. In addition, the legal challenges once a child has been born complicate the process further.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define conception/family growth methods utilized by queer families. Explore benefits and resources for each method.

    2. Discuss legal barriers and challenges to queer family growing

    3. Explore the unique struggles that creating queer families can present

    4. Identify resources for queer families and folks assisting queer folks

    5. Discuss the challenges of donor conception


    Presenter Biography:

    Ashley Haden-Peaches (she/her) has been working in social services for 11 years with community-based health care being among her priorities. She graduated from KU with a Masters in Social Work in 2013. Ashley has been working at Sam Rodgers Health Center since 2016 where she currently manages the Community Health Worker program. Since starting at Rodgers, she has become a Doula, Lactation Consultant and Child Birth Educator.  She has a passion for lactation and supporting people who want to breast/chest/bodyfeed. Ashley has experience helping queer and/or non-gestational parents to induce lactation so that they may also nurse their baby. When she's not working, doulaing, providing lactation support to families or teaching lactation and childbirth education classes, she is spending time with her wife and 2 young children, exploring Kansas City.

Past events

17 May 2022 Grief and Bereavement in LGBTQ Communities
08 Apr 2022 Suicide Prevention: Evidenced Based Practices
05 Oct 2021 Hormone Therapy with Transgender Clients
23 Jul 2021 Weight Stigma and Therapy
15 Jun 2021 HIV+: What Counselors Need to Know
23 Apr 2021 Lesbian-Affirming Client Care
09 Mar 2021 Affirming Mental Health & Medical Care: Reflections from LGBTQ+ Community Members
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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