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Recommended—Hosted by RMHCPA: People of the Rainbow

May 8, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

$25 – $35

Presented by Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling & Psychology Association

People of the Rainbow: Working with and Understanding the LGBTQIA+ Community from a Humanistic Therapy Lens—Knowing the Essential Language

Facilitated by Dan Johnson, PsyD, & Justin Walmsley
May 8th, 2021

8am – 11am PDT


This workshop is designed to help clinicians working with LGBTQIA+ clients understand the current essential language and why it is important to use the appropriate language.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, LGBTQIA+ people are members of every community, diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic status, and come from all over the world. As the LGBTQIA+ community grows, gains more prevalence, and becomes more visible, clinicians are seeing a natural increase in the number of clients who claim membership to this community, as well as clients who present with LGBTQIA+ related issues and problems in session.

This workshop begins with exploring the importance of language as well as the language itself. It encompasses a wide range of everyday language practices utilized in and about LGBT communities as well as members within those communities. Language signifies a particular way of envisioning and verbalizing the world around us and this course takes a focused view both from the members of the community as well as outside the community. A meaningful understanding of LGBTQIA+ language, terms, background, and context is a vital first step in providing respectful and inclusive mental healthcare. Becoming more adept and comfortable with this language will help clinicians be better equipped to provide LGBTQIA+ sensitive mental health services to a broader range of people. This course offers not only an understanding of definitions of language within the community but explores the concept of limiting language to define people as well as utilizing it as a tool by focusing on the etymology of key language, and exploring ideas and concepts associated with the language commonly used both within and outside of the community. Using the appropriate language and using it correctly with clients can prevent unintentional harm and ruptures in the therapy relationship as well as helping develop trust and a good therapeutic alliance.

Continuing Education Information 

RMHCPA partners with Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology to offer CE programs.

APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Disability Accommodations

For disability accommodations and more information on the CE offering, contact RMHCPA down below.




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