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Thursday, 26 January 2006 15:20
Sexual Orientation Issues in Counselling Settings:Straight Professional, Gay Client

A best practices workshop for counselors, social workers, human services workers, educators, and others.
Presenter: Randy Paterson, Ph.D.
Author of Your Depression Map and The Assertiveness Workbook
Friday, February 3 2006, 9 am to 5 pm
Best Western Dorchester Hotel, 70 Church Street, Nanaimo BC

Who says diversity training has to be stiflingly dull or deadly serious? In a day of interactive discussion, lecture, and multimedia, this workshop provides professional caregivers insight into the experience of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals with the aim of enhancing the provision of optimal care to these groups.

Each participant receives resource materials filled with ideas for providing social services effectively in a welcoming environment. By extending the principles beyond sexual orientation, participants can also develop ideas for enhancing service to other minority clients. Come ready to consider the issues and have a little fun; leave ready to try out some new ideas in your own setting.

This Best Pactices Workshop on Sexual Orientation Issues emphasizes the provision of practical information that can be applied in your own work with clients. Here are some of the specific topics:

The nature of sexual orientation. Is sexual orientation a continuum or a dichotomy? The Kinsey scale of sexual orientation. Orientation development and awareness.

Gay and lesbian culture 101. Which terms should you use and which should you avoid? What is the culture all about? What local community resources are available to gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) people?

Coming out issues. Why is ?coming out? such a central issue for LGB people? What does it mean to come out? What are the stages of coming out? What are the health implications of coming out? How can we help?

Attitudes toward sexual orientation. Is homophobia really a phobia? How do conscious or unconscious negative attitudes toward GLB people manifest themselves? How can GLB people themselves have homophobic attitudes? What is the influence of these attitudes? How do they apply to social service issues?

Sexual orientation and the law. What are the laws relating to sexual behaviour? Discrimination? Hate crimes? Same-sex couples? A brief review of recent Canadian legal developments.

Sexual orientation and health. What are the implications of an individual?s sexual orientation for their physical health? How do gay men, lesbians, and heterosexual men and women differ in terms of various health risk factors? This section includes a discussion of HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.

Sexual orientation and mental health. What is the relationship between sexual orientation and mental health? In adults? In youth? What about in the functioning of gay and lesbian families? What are the issues that social service and healthcare providers should know about?

Sexual orientation and suicide. What does the research say about suicidality among gay youth? What are the risk factors? What about LGB adults?

Same-sex relationships. How are same-sex relationships similar to and different from heterosexual relationships? What are the special issues? How might couple-related issues impact on health and mental health care?

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for members of counseling, social service, and education settings, including counselors, social workers, mental health professionals, child and youth care workers, teachers, community agency staff, allied health professionals, and students in related studies. The workshop is designed primarily for heterosexual professionals and paraprofessionals wishing to develop more familiarity with the lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations (though LGB professionals and paraprofessionals are, of course, welcome also).

Please post this announcement, or copy it and pass it along to colleagues. Although we have made every effort to identify people who might be interested, we have probably missed a great many. Your help in contacting others would be most appreciated.

About the Presenter: Dr Randy Paterson is a registered psychologist and director of Changeways Clinic. He coauthored ?Sexual Orientation Issues in Healthcare? with Dr Carole Bishop, and is the author of the popular press books Your Depression Map and The Assertiveness Workbook, both published by New Harbinger Publications. Over the apparent objections of no one, he married his partner of 10 years in spring 2005.

Seminar Fee: $90.00

To register: telephone: 250-753-5871 or 250-618-7658
Vancouver Island Training and Development Network (VITDN):

After you receive confirmation, please send payment of 90.00 by cheque only, made out to VIDTN, to:

110 Pine Street
Nanaimo BC
V9R 2B3

Meals: Beverages and snacks will be provided during breaks. Lunch is not provided. Inexpensive restaurants are nearby.

Accommodations: Out of town registrants can receive a discounted rate at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel.
70 Church Street, Nanaimo, BC

For more information: Contact Donna Kurulak at 250 618 7658, or contact Changeways Clinic directly at 604 871 0490 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please make your cheque for $90 payable to ?VITDN.?

Seating is limited! Please register early to hold your place in the workshop
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2006 15:20

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