Location: Aloft OKC Downtown - Bricktown $124 a night
Last day to book a hotel room at the discounted conference rate is March 2nd!!
April 2nd: 6pm - 9pm Ethics Panel Discussion
April 3rd: Registration check-in: 8:30-9am
Workshop - 9-3:30pm (breakfast and lunch included)
Deconstructing the Gender Binary with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients
Sexual and gender minorities often seek out psychotherapists because they are struggling with stigma—that which they experience from society, family, and peers, and that which they experience internally. This stigma, also called minority stress, has a significant impact on the mental health of sexual and gender minorities, who are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidality.
In this workshop, participants will explore and unpack an underlying cause of sexual and gender minority stress—the gender binary. The gender binary is a social construct that encompasses biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and attraction. It is a powerful discourse that operates in the background of our daily lives and is at the source of sexual and gender-based prejudice. Through video demonstrations, experiential activities, small and large group discussion, and role plays, participants will learn to identify the gender binary in real world and clinical examples and have powerful conversations that deconstruct and dismantle the impact of the binary on their lives and the lives of their clients.
Dr. Hartwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fairfield University. She is the founding Program Director of the Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health Certificate to be offered online at Fairfield University. In 2018, she created Pride & Wellness, a health and wellness fair for the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors at Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, CT and the Chair of the AAMFT Queer and Trans Advocacy Network.