LGBT-Affirming Therapist Guild

Upcoming events

    • 04 Apr 2023
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • online sychronous, via Zoom

    Emerging Trans:

    Therapists' Role in Supporting TNB Young People

    1.5 CEUs

    April 4th, 2023 3:30-5:00 PM

    online synchronous, via Zoom

    Event Description:

    You know it's tough out there when a trans therapist has trouble finding their own gender-affirming therapist!

    This workshop outlines mental health outcomes and experiences of young trans and nonbinary folks. We will consider what trans and nonbinary folks (TNB) need from therapists, and how clinicians can offer that support. Using an ecological lens, we will discuss what challenges this age group faces and how partners and family may also need specific support from therapists. Lastly, we will discuss the recent discriminatory legislation proposed and enacted across the United States causing additional, unnecessary barriers for TNB young people. By acknowledging the nuanced experiences of this vulnerable population, therapists will be better able to connect and counsel young TNB clients. 

    Learning outcomes: 

    • Important statistics regarding mental health of trans and nonbinary adolescents and emerging adults 
    • Identify ways to support TNB emerging adults through gender exploration 
    • Identify ways to support partners and family of TNB folks exploring their gender identity


    Parker McDurmon is a graduate student completing their master's degree in counseling at UMKC. In addition to school, Parker spends their time working as a counselor tech at ReDiscover, working on LGBTQ research, and enjoying time with friends. Parker moved to Kansas City in 2021 and has found wonderful queer community; however, for many young queer folks in the community, therapy is financially inaccessible or therapists cannot meet their needs, especially for trans and nonbinary folks. They are passionate about sharing their personal, clinical, and academic knowledge of how to support young trans and nonbinary folks as a therapist.  

    • 21 Apr 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • online, sychronous via Zoom
    Identity Gaps in LGBTQIA+ Communities
    2 CEs
    April 21st 12:00-2:00pm
    Online, synchronous, via Zoom

    Identity formation is a key developmental process for all individuals, but has special significance for LGBTQIA+ people. Questioning sexuality or gender is often a reason for seeking psychotherapy. A lack of coherent identity can impact a person’s relationships, mood, and occupation in a variety of ways and therapists can work to help clients of all sexualities and genders develop a solid sense of self. The Spectrums Model of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality SMSGS-6) conceptualizes identity development across sexuality and gender as having multiple layers: physical, essentialist, socially constructed, enacted, relational and communal. In turn, these identities span multiple domains: sex, gender, sexuality, romanticism, sexual bonding/relationship style, romantic bonding/relationship style, and eroticism. When conflict between two aspects of identity exist across layers or domains, it is called an identity gap and can cause intense psychological distress (Jung & Hect, 2004). Identity gaps can be a contributing factor to anxiety, depression, and other common clinical considerations with LGBTQIA+ clients; addressing these gaps effectively can be a helpful tool for clinicians. In this course, we will explore how this model can be utilized in clinical practice to help clients who are questioning their identities, clients who are dealing with internal or external conflicts related to their identities, or how identity gaps may drive medical transition.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Utilize the SMSGS-6 as a clinical tool with LGBTQIA+ clients
    • Describe at least 2 identity gaps that may occur in LGBTQIA+ communities
    • Describe at least 2 identity gaps that may be a motivating factor for medical transition

    Cadyn Cathers, PsyD (he, him, his) has been teaching courses on human sexuality, psychotherapy with LGBTQIA+ communities, and psychodynamic theory for over 10 years. He is the founder and CEO of The Affirmative Couch, which provides online continuing education on clinical work with LGBTQIA+, CNM, and kink communities. He serves as adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles in the LGBT Specialization, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Reiss-Davis Graduate School.  He is a licensed psychologist in private practice where he focuses on psychoanalytic psychotherapy with transgender and nonbinary patients.

Past events

10 Jan 2023 Trauma Informed Assessment of LGBTQ+ Youth
19 Oct 2022 Rewiring Trauma through Kink
11 Oct 2022 Building Queer Families: Conception, Emotional & Legal Issues, and Resources
29 Jul 2022 Ethics: Applying an Intersectional Lens to Trauma in the Black LGBTQI+ Community
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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