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Providing LGBTQ+ affirming therapy: Developing knowledge, awareness, and skills

  • Fri, July 24, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Your computer, iPad or tablet


  • Any CAMFT Chapter member (reciprocity for other chapters)
  • Current Board members
  • Anyone wishing to attend for no credit
  • Non-CAMFT members of Central Coast or other local CAMFT Chapter

Registration is closed

As a registered participant, you will receive login information the week of the event.

Dr. Jay Bettergarcia is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo whose work focuses on teaching, training, and providing LGBTQ+ affirming therapy. 

The goal of this workshop is to enhance the clinician’s ability to work in an effective and affirming manner with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) clients. A brief overview of LGBTQ-related terms and topics will be presented to set the foundation. Using a cultural competency and cultural humility lens, the training will focus on helping clinicians develop their knowledge about LGBTQ+ communities, awareness of biases, and beginning skills to provide LGBTQ+ affirming care. Local data about LGBTQ+ mental health needs, barriers to care, and experiences will be shared. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in this experiential training via short video clips and small break out group discussions to help support learning and growth.

I lead the Queer Community Action, Research, Education, and Support (Q C.A.R.E.S.) research team. With this team, I utilize community-based action research and mixed method designs to study LGBTQ mental health and wellness, including affirming approaches to mental health care for transgender and non-binary people. I also investigate evidence-based approaches to teaching and training about diversity, including the reactions (resistance and receptiveness) often encountered in diversity trainings and how to "roll with resistance." My goal is to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ community members, especially those who are underserved, and to utilize data to create evidence-based strategies for teaching and training about sexual orientation and gender diversity.  See the website at https://www.queercares.com

Arrival time for this ZOOM event: 8:55am-9:00am -- we will help people join our chapter on the spot before workshop, at the break, or after the workshop.

Registered participants will receive a Zoom invitation the day before the workshop.  Plan to check in about 5 minutes prior to the beginning of the workshop.  Please know that to give you credit for attending we MUST see your first and last name.  If you are using someone else's laptop or iPad, change the name to include your first and last name.  If you don't know how to do that, we can assist.

This course meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.           

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to receive CEUs for ANY Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT events, please plan to:

  1. Arrive no later than 5 minutes from the beginning of the workshop,
  2. Sign in at the registration desk (for Zoom meetings we take screenshots at the beginning and the end of the workshop and use the registration list from this event),
  3. Attend the full workshop,
  4. Complete an evaluation (which will be emailed to all participants after the workshop) in order to receive either CEUs or a Certificate of Attendance and
  5. Sign out at the end of the event (for Zoom meetings we take screenshots at the beginning and the end of the workshop and use the registration list from this event)
If you know you will be late or you need to leave early, you may still attend for free!  

Thank you for respecting our presenters.

Refund Policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee.  The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to family emergency.  If you need to cancel, please reply to this email within seven days of the upcoming event.

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please reply to this email.
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