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by Rebekah A. Jackson, Kathy A. McCloskey, & Robin P. McHaelen
by Rebekah A. Jackson, Kathy A. McCloskey, & Robin P. McHaelen

Sexuality & Gender Diversity Training Program: Increasing the Competency of Mental Health Professionals (Book w/CD-ROM)

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• 2011  48pp paperback with CD-ROM   ISBN: 9781568871332
• CD-ROM Includes 10 Training Exercises

This exciting training program will go a long way in heightening the awareness and understanding of mental health professionals concerning the many diverse sexual orientations of their clients.  In the manual, the authors first discuss the difficulty involved in defining sexuality and gender diversity (SGD) and the necessity of training mental health professionals to recognize these sometimes subtle differences; they then provide a list of terms for describing SGD individuals.  Next they present an historical background in SGD socially and politically.  The last chapter introduces the 10-session training program contained on the CD-ROM.

The likelihood of any mental health professional being called upon to treat an SGD individual has increased exponentially over the last few decades and will only grow more common in the coming years.  Providing competent services demands an understanding of general human diversity and the issues and difficulties specific to SGD individuals.  This program provides an excellent beginning.

"As the field of psychology continues to grow and expand in integrating multicultural research and services, training of multicultural competent mental health providers becomes a critical area of needs. The 2011 American Psychological Association's Guidelines for Psychological Practices with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) clients note the glaring lack of training for service providers with this population and recommend education and training that  include both obtaining current information about LGB clients and exploring personal attitudes and biases. The  manual, A Sexuality & Gender Diversity Training Program, and the 10 training modules included in the CD-ROM, aim to address this troubling gap in training mental healt professional to ensure knowledgeable and quality care for sexuality and gender diverse (SGD) individuals....The manual and modules provide an intentional and organized training that would enhance graduate schools' and internship sites' multicultural competence education of mental health providers. The program could also serve as a valuable resource for mental health agencies committed to ensuring effective intervention with SGD individuals."
     -Psychology of Women Quarterly

"With a growing number of young people coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and a host of other gender and sexual identities, it becomes even more critical for mental health professionals to receive the kind of training outlined in this book.  Use of the modules in
A Sexuality & Gender Diversity Training Program can begin to increase the competency of mental health professionals to address the varied needs of individuals who do not fit into gender and sexual binaries."

     -Genny Beemyn, PhD, Director, The Stonewall Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Co-author of The Lives of Transgender People

Table of Contents
Chapter I: Problem Context

The Difficulty of Defining Sexuality and Gender Diversity (SGD)
Why is Training Concerning SGD Needed for Mental Health Providers?
Problems With Clinical Competency
Problems With Relevant Literature

List of Terms to Describe SGD Individuals
Chapter II: SGD Historical Background for Mental Health Providers
Socialization Into the Gender Binary
Family and Community
Media Portrayals
Politics and Law

Social Representations
Biological Sex
Gender Identity and Expression
Sexual Orientation and Behavior

SGD Individuals
Research and Statistics
Discrimination and Silencing

Chapter III: Training Program for Mental Health Providers
Program Logistics and Perceived Obstacles
Structure of Training

Introduction to the CD-ROM
  1:  Group Orientation
  2:  Provision of Language
  3:  The Impact of Silence
  4:  Values Clarification Exercise
  5:  Creating an Inclusive Practice
  6:  Coming Out
  7:  Gender Identity and Transgender Issues
  8:  Parenting SGD Youth
  9:  Domestic Violence in the SGD Community
10:  Closing and Commitment

A:  Module Evaluation Form; Overall Training Evaluation Form
B:  Shell Module

CE Program
A supplemental 3-credit, 30 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to:
Sexuality & Gender Diversity Training Program - CE Program (3 Credits)

For information about our approved continuing education sponsorships
and acceptance by state, please click here:
Continuing Education

About the Authors
Rebekah A. Jackson, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in Connecticut.  Dr. Jackson has been active in the area of sexuality and gender diversity (SGD) for the last 10 years, and provides trainings on SGD to mental health professionals as a consultant. During her doctoral work, Dr. Jackson was on the American Psychological Association for Graduate Students Committee on LGBT Concerns, and also served as Co-chair on the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Task Force on Sexuality and Gender Diversity.  She received the Catherine Acuff Research Award from the Connecticut Psychological Association in 2008 and the David L. Singer Diversity Award from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology in 2009 for her leadership and work in the area of SGD.

Kathy A. McCloskey, PhD, PsyD, ABPP-CL,
is an Associate Professor at the University of Hartford Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology in Hartford, CT.  Her specialties include domestic violence, trauma, forensic populations, and the training of doctoral-level clinical psychologists.  In 2006, she was the recipient of the Psychotherapy With Women Award conferred by the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association for an article she co-authored concerning intimate partner violence.

Robin P. McHaelen, MSW,
is the founder and current Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization working to create a world where young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed.  Robin is the author of several articles on LGBT youth concerns and is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 Hartford Courant/Fox 61 Tapestry Award, the 2008 National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights, and the 2008 Social Worker of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  In 2009, she was chosen by NASW and Lambda Legal Education and Defense Fund to create and present a master train the trainer program to 40 master trainers around the country.

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