Training Offered for Therapists on Clinical Issues & Sexual Orientation – Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

The LGBT Mental Health Task Force in Michigan, in conjunction with Affirmations, is offering this intensive two-day training on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st for therapists who see lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.  The training covers basic population demographics, terms and culturally-affirming language use, sub-cultural identity intersections, legal issues, sexual attraction and social development process, coming out, clinical concerns, and professional and ethical considerations.

The training offers 12 continuing education credits for social workers and nationally certified counselors.  This training was created in partnership with Core Learning.  For questions about CEUs, please contact Stephanie Appel at or call 248-933-2673.

Trainers include a team of Southeastern Michigan’s experts in this field:  Dr. Fran Brown, Director of Clinical Training at Michigan School of Professional Psychology; Jay Kaplan, Director of the LGBT Project at the ACLU of Michigan; Dr. Joe Kort, Owner, Joe Kort & Associates; Dr. Judith Kovach, Director of the Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy; Dr. Amorie Robinson (aka “Kofi Adoma”), Published expert in masculine-identified African American lesbians; Dr. Don Spivak, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; Dr. Maxine Thome, Executive Director, NASW-MI. The training is sponsored by:  Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, Oakland University, NASW-MI, Birmingham Maple Clinic; Lawrence Wentworth & Associates, Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy; Michigan School of Professional Psychology; Bloomfield Counseling, PC; CORE Learning, Jane E. Kelly, PhD; and Sideline Counseling.

Register by November 27th to reserve your spot.  Cost is $185 – register on line at  For questions about the training, please contact Kathleen LaTosch at

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