5- Hour Understanding the Spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ Community- January 31st 2017
5- Hour Understanding the Spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ Community- January 31st 2017

5- Hour Understanding the Spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ Community- January 31st...

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86 S Harrison St

86 South Harrison Street

East Orange, NJ 07018

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Trainer: Kate Memoli, MSW, LCSW

January 31st, 2017 10 am – 4 pm East Orange, NJ

This workshop will assist professionals working with LGBTQIA+ persons. Participants will explore their own biases and attitudes regarding sexual orientation and gender identity within social, cultural, religious and emotional contexts. Emphasis will be placed on therapeutic strategies for working with individuals who identify along the LGBTQIA+ Spectrum and their families. Specific time will be dedicated to youth who, more than ever, are challenging the gender norms of our society.

Target audience is mental health and helping professionals of all skill levels.

Workshop Objectives: By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Describe the spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ community,

Identify issues pertinent to the LGBTQIA+ population,

Describe therapeutic strategies for working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and their families,

Define the concept of fluidity as part of the LGBTQIA+ Spectrum, and

Identify resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals and their families.

5 Social and Cultural Competence/Clinical CEHs


10:00 – 10:15 AM Introductions

10:15 – 10:25 AM Review of Course Outline and Objectives

10:25 – 10:35 AM Lecture: What is the LGBTQIA+ Spectrum?

  • Current Definitions/Descriptions

10:35 – 10:45 AM Lecture: Negative Stereotyping of LGBTQIA+ Individuals

  • Historical Perspective
  • Cultural Impact

10:45 – 11:00 AM Film & Discussion: Depiction of the LGBT Community in the Media

  • Documentary: The Celluloid Closet

11:00 – 11:20 AM Large Group Discussion: Heterosexual Privilege

11:20 – 11:30 AM Lecture: The “Coming Out” Process for the Individual

  • The Stages of “Coming Out”
  • Identity

11:30 – 11:45 AM Lecture: The “Coming Out” Process for the Family

  • The Stages of “Coming Out” for Family Members

11:45 – 12:00 PM BREAK

12:00 – 12:30 PM Lecture: Mental Health Issues Among LGBTQIA+ Individuals

  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Suicide
  • Caregiver Support

12:30 – 1:30 PM LUNCH

1:30 – 2:15 PM Lecture: Issues Specific to Transgender Individuals

  • Hormones and Surgeries
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Legal Matters

2:15 – 2:35 PM Video & Discussion: Transgender Concepts

  • Video: Transgender Basics

2:35 – 2:55 PM Video & Discussion: What is Gender Fluidity?

  • Video: I Am Gender Fluid

2:55 – 3:10 PM Small Group Activity/Large Group Discussion:

Applying Knowledge to Practice

  • Case Vignettes

3:10 – 3:25 PM BREAK

3:25 – 3:40 PM Resources and Supports

  • Individuals, Families, Helping Professionals

3:40 – 4:00 PM Questions, Wrap-Up and Evaluations


Kate Memoli, MSW, LCSW, Private Practitioner, Trainer – NJ Child Welfare Training Partnership

Kate has been a family therapist for the past 30 years. She received post-graduate training with Betty Carter

in Bowenian family therapy from the Family Institute of Westchester. Throughout her career, Kate has worked

with a variety of populations including the severe mentally ill, children and families, college students, and the

LGBTQI+ community.

Continental Breakfast served for all trainings

  • Including coffee, tea and bagels.


  • On your own or feel free to bring lunch with you. Microwave will be available for participants’ use.


COURSE FEES: Fee is $100.00. A training discount of $95.00 for each full-day of training ($60.00 for a half day) is available for 3 or more registrants from the same organization (except for certificate courses).

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation of registration and refund of tuition must be requested by the Friday of the week preceding the date of training. Persons not canceling paid registration by this date are ineligible for a refund, but may move their registration to a training held at a later date.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. maintains responsibility for all programs.

  • Understanding the Spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ Community is approved for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the New Jersey Continuing Education Course Approval Program (NJ CE CAP); Provider #25, Course #686. NJ CE CAP Approval Period: 4/4/2016 – 4/4/2018. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 Social and Cultural Competence continuing education clock hours.

*Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. FIS (ACEP #6325) is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • Understanding the Spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ Community: Counselors participating in this course will receive 5 Cultural Competence continuing education clock hours.

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AND AWARDING OF CERTIFICATES: Participants must attend 100% of all scheduled hours and complete an evaluation form at the end of each training day in order to receive course credits. Participants successfully completing a course will receive a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the course.

TRAINING SITE: Essex County 86 S. Harrison Street, East Orange, NJ

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: FIS welcomes feedback from all participants and encourages the prompt resolution of grievances in a professional and timely manner. FIS seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Grievances regarding a particular training event should be directed to the training instructor. If unresolved, participant will be contacted by the FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services. All grievances are kept confidential and all persons are treated with respect and kindness as the parties involved work to resolve the grievance. If the grievance remains unresolved, it will be directed to the FIS President/CEO to resolve. Social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by Family Intervention Services, Inc. may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED: FIS training facilities are handicap accessible and other accommodations will be made available upon request. For questions or special accommodations contact Susan Sterling, FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services, at (973) 586-5243 or ssterling@fisnj.org.

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