LGBT-Affirming Therapist Guild

Upcoming events

    • 03 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • UMKC Administrative Center, Plaza Room. 5115 Oak Street, KCMO

    This four hour workshop contains two parts. AASECT and standard CEU credits will be provided.

    Is My Client Gay, Straight, or Bisexual? Understanding the Difference Between Sexual Identity, Preference, and Fantasy (1:00-3:00pm)

    When a woman finds her boyfriend or husband looking at gay porn or engaging in sex with another man, the tendency is to label him as gay or bisexual. The couple may enter therapy in crisis, believing the marriage is over. In such cases, some therapists often believe the man is in denial about his homosexuality or bisexuality and move him in a direction toward coming out gay when, in fact, he's not. This presentation will discuss ways to understand the male client's interest in sexual contact with men, and how to guide couples through their confusion and emotional turmoil. You'll learn:

    • Four questions to help determine if a man's gay, straight, or bisexual  
    • How to determine if a client's sexual activity is a reenactment of childhood trauma
    • How to determine whether shame reduction, helping a guy come out, trauma work, or a focus on the crisis of infidelity is the appropriate therapeutic course

    Sexual Health and the Trauma Survivor: How the Therapist Can Help (3:00-5:00)

    Clients with sexual abuse histories often come to therapy with questions about their sexual expression and the obstacles they encounter in intimate relationships. They may find themselves engaging in trauma reenactment rather than safe, consensual sex and need a nonjudgmental space to explore what sexual recovery means for them. Even well-trained trauma therapists often lack the language, comfort, and skillset necessary to assist their clients through this process. This workshop will provide concrete strategies to help trauma survivors live more sexually fulfilling lives. You’ll explore:

    • How different types of sexual abuse and trauma manifest in sexual behaviors, and how to help clients experience healthy sexual gratification
    • How to help clients differentiate between unhealthy trauma reenactment and healthy play
    • Five tools to help clients manage out-of-control sexual behavior
    • The countertransference issues that often arise for therapists around clients’ erotic interests, sexual expression, and behaviors in order to avoid negative judgment and the inadvertent shaming


    Dr. Joe Kort is a leading expert on sex and relationships.  He specializes in Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviors (OCSB)/“sex addiction”, Relationship Problems and Marital Conflict, Sex Therapy, and Sexual Identity Concerns, Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  His practice is located in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Past events

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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