[CEU] Holding Space for Pride: Best Practices in Intersectional LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care

Originally presented: Friday, June 17, 2022
Virtual, via Zoom
CEUs: 1.0 CEU approved by UPA; 1.5 CEUs approved by NASW-UT, UAMFT, UMHCA

To view this event for free, without CEU credit, please return to the events page and register for the [non-CEU] version of this title.

Everyone who registers will be emailed the recording, presentation slides, and CE Quiz.

About the presentation:

To commemorate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, this presentation will discuss best practices in queer affirmative care. We will discuss the latest updates in identity development and protective factors of the community, as well as discuss intersectionality of religious and ethnic culture as it relates to members of our community. 

This presentation will present up-to-date research on topics affecting LGBTQ+ individuals in the context of treatment, as well as provide best practices and model therapeutic approaches for intersectional topics (e.g. race, gender, relationship configuration, religious belief).

By the end of this presentation, attendees should be able to:

1) Identify key aspects of sexuality development, gender development, and identify development in the LGBTQ+ population;
2) Describe three ways of applying evidence-based principles from research or tailoring existing interventions for intersectional LGBTQ+ populations; and,
3) Identify resources for seeking additional consultation and learning for building competence in working with LGBTQ+ population.

About the presenters:

Kimberly Applewhite, PsyD, school-clinical child psychology. Kimberly specializes in intersectional and multicultural perspectives in applying evidence-based treatment to individuals from marginalized populations.

Tyler Lefevor, PhD, counseling psychology. Tyler's specialties are in research methods, multiculturalism/diversity, and LGBTQ mental health.

Both presenters have clinical and research interests in religious intersections in the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals.

A special note from Dr. Applewhite:

A big thank you to all who attended our CE presentation on June 17th! I hope your experience was as enriching as ours.

We received some feedback after the presentation from several attendees who felt the presentation was solely about the Mormon religion and felt this should have been disclosed. I had a few thoughts about this that hopefully are appropriate to share.

From a personal intersectional perspective, it has been important to me to position myself as a Latter-day Saint for many reasons. Chief among them is the fact that people are very unlikely to know this about me without asking, because the LDS Church's history and attitudes of some members in the present have curbed numbers of Black American membership. But being LDS significantly affects my connection with the Black community at-large, especially when I was growing up in the Southern United States, because I don't have many of the same cultural signifiers and language that other Black Americans might have learned through the church. Being LDS made it more likely that I was seen to be "too white" to socialize in the same ways, and this is a pervasive pattern in my interactions in Utah as well. 

I realize that it is common for people in Utah to locate themselves within LDS contexts in order to gain a sense of power that comes from being in the majority. This has been done to me when people did not know I was a member! Functionally this is probably something I have learned to do to ease the deleterious effects of other forms of oppression, but that was not the explicit intent of doing so in this presentation, so I apologize if it came across in this way. 

I also want to note that in a presentation that was evenly divided amongst Dr. Lefevor and myself, all of what I presented (until my dissertation work) did not specifically have Latter-day Saint membership as a factor being considered in the research. It feels important to me to caution against the pattern we might can all exhibit of representing a body of content by what we consider to be the dominant narrative, especially as it excludes the experiences of the communities that my contribution represented.

That being said, I would love to give you some references about the intersections of sexuality in other religions (will receive upon registering)! I mentioned some in the presentation by researcher name but not by reference. Long story long, there are many similarities with Latter-day Saint narratives we shared in terms of the disclosure process, innovation in religious and spiritual narratives, and the mixed outcomes of religion as protective. There are differences in conceptualization of centralization of church/religious practice (which you might expect). Tyler and I have also been affiliated with an APA Division 36 (Study of Religion/Spirituality)/44 (LGBTQ+ issues) task force for quite some time, so would love the chance to talk more offline!

Event Information

Event Date 06-17-2022 10:00 am
Event End Date 06-17-2022 11:30 am
Individual Price $15.00