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Understanding and Empowering LGBTQ Clients (Will be offered as a WEBINAR)

  • 15 Nov 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 1015 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005


Understanding and Empowering LGBTQ Clients

Presenter:  Laurie Paul, PhD LLC

November 15, 2019 

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

3.0 Continuing Education Hours Offered

The seminar will define what your clients mean when they identify as LGBTQIA. Current cultural and political debates within the LGBTQIA community will be presented. We will discuss research and clinical applications for common clinical issues that arise with LGBTQIA populations. Some examples include heterophobia in gay and bisexual men, discrimination, Minority Stress Theory, substance abuse, body image disturbance, and sexual minorities navigating multiple identities (e.g. racial, ethnic, cultural, SES, age, and disability identities). We will explore case examples of LGBTQIA individuals and practice creating LGBTQI-affirming case conceptualizations

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will:

1) Define various LGBTQIA identities

2) Discuss current cultural and political debates within the LGBTQIA community

3) Discuss research and clinical applications for common clinical issues that arise with LGBTQIA populations

4) Create LGBTQIA-affirmative case formulations.

About the Presenter: 

Laurie Paul, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Virginia and Maryland. Dr. Paul graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2014 from The New School, an APA-accredited PhD program in New York City. While in graduate school, she spent 6 years as part of a research team studying how clients and therapists negotiate racial, ethnic, and cultural differences in psychotherapy. She also spent 5 years as part of a research team examining the psychological impact of breast cancer on lesbian and bisexual women and on Latina women, with a focus on social support, family support, and doctor-patient relationship. During

her clinical training, she worked within a variety of settings, including: community mental health centers; the psychiatric emergency room; inpatient and outpatient hospital settings; a university counseling center; substance abuse clinics; and a drug/alcohol detoxification unit.

Dr. Paul completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at The Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. The training program is accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Dr. Paul has specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mindfulness techniques. She completed the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Training Level 2. She currently works in her private practice in Chevy Chase, MD, specializing in trauma, anxiety, OCD, and couples therapy.

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