This workshop will provide therapists with the opportunity to review and update their knowledge, build their skills, and strengthen their confidence in working with sex-, sexuality- and gender-diverse people and their families (biological and chosen).
This interactive and practical workshop will present current knowledge about the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people across the life course, outline some key clinical issues, explore strengths-based therapeutic approaches, and share local resources.
There will be time for participants to reflect on their own experience, raise questions and discuss therapeutic challenges they have faced or anticipate.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Reflect on and review personal and professional knowledge, attitudes and clinical practice in relation to sex, sexual orientation and gender diversity.
- Describe and appreciate the impact of historical and current attitudes towards gender diversity and homosexuality on individuals and communities.
- Understand current data regarding the psychological health, vulnerabilities and needs of LGBTIQpeople.
- Appreciate the importance of a strengths-based approach to working with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Understand key clinical skills and approaches in working with LGBTIQ people of all ages.
- Review the sensitivity, accessibility and welcoming nature of your service and/or agency to LGBTIQ people and their family and friends.
- Understand and engage with local and key support groups, resources and services for LGBTIQ people.
About the presenter(s)
Vikki Sinnott is a psychologist in independent practice in Melbourne. Vikki has a longstanding interest in therapeutic work with sex and gender diverse individuals, and people who have experienced trauma. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic, using a variety of approaches to meet the needs and styles of individual clients. Vikki is actively involved in sharing skills and practice wisdom with others through providing secondary consultation with other clinicians, co-facilitating the Queer Therapies Network (in Melbourne), and being part of professional development committees of national (Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health) and international (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) groups.
Who Should Attend?
This workshop is relevant for all health professionals working with LGBTIQ people and their families. This includes: psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists, nurses, medical practitioners, speech pathologists, physiotherapists, case workers, case managers and students. No past experience or training necessary.