AAMFT Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA-Affirming Marriage and Family Therapy

When:  Jan 20, 2023 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM (ET)

AAMFT's Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA-Affirming Marriage and Family Therapy outline how MFTs practice in an affirming, inclusive, ethical, and competent way with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) people. In particular, these guidelines provide a lens for evaluating what MFTs should do and do not do in their clinical practice.

These guidelines should be considered a starting point for MFTs. Although we understand that many additional steps are needed for these practices to become commonplace, we hope to provide a vision of what systemic practices with LGBTQIA clients could be if, as a field, we committed ourselves to providing competent and ethical services to all clients.

This workshop, presented by two of the Guideline authors, will explore the five pillars of the Guidelines as a starting point for MFTs to practice in an affirming, inclusive, ethical, and competent way with sexual and gender minority clients. In addition, these guidelines can and will be helpful for anyone who practices from a systemic therapy lens.

Join our authors for this in-depth discussion on incorporating the AAMFT Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA-Affirming MFT into your practice.

Note: this session will include a mixture of pre-recorded (45 min) and live content.

Continuing Education

2 hours of continuing education are available. Instructions to obtain CE will be sent in your confirmation and reminder emails. A session code will be provided during the event.


Other Information

 If you are unable to participate on this date, please do not register. The webinar will be recorded and available for later purchase on Teneo.


About the Speakers

Dr. Christi McGeorge is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University. She earned her MS in human development and family science from Colorado State University and her PhD in family social science from the University of Minnesota. In her position at North Dakota State University she has had the opportunity to mentor undergraduate, master, and doctoral students. Dr. McGeorge is passionate about research and particularly enjoys helping students develop their own excitement and passion for research.

Dr. McGeorge’s research has focused on the influence of heterosexism and cissexism on clinical practice and training, promoting LGBTQ ally behavior in collegiate athletics, gender equity in higher education, and women’s history related to the National Women’s Conference of 1977. Dr. McGeorge has authored over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. Additionally, she (along with her colleagues) has received well over four million dollars in grant funding from the National Science Foundation and Non-Profit Foundations to support her research and advocacy efforts.

Dr. McGeorge is a past chair for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Family Therapy Section and was an elected member of the NCFR Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Additionally, she is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and has twice served as the President of the North Dakota Division of AAMFT. She serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and the Journal of Family Theory and Review, as well as being an associate editor for the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.

Dr. McGeorge has been the recipient of a number of awards including the National Council on Family Relations Kathleen Briggs Outstanding Mentor Award, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 2012 Training Award, and the University of Arizona School of Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Achievement Award. She has also been selected to give a number of invited lectures including the 2016 Tony Jurich Lecture on Social Justice at Kansas State University.

Dr. Hartwell is the director and founder of the Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health Certificate at Fairfield University. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Therapy and Social Work, where her teaching, supervision, and scholarship focus on creating community, compassion, and justice. Erica is committed to elevating the lives and well-being of queer and trans people. To that end, she created Pride & Wellness, a health and wellness fair for the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County. She served as the first chair of AAMFT’s Queer and Trans Advocacy Network and led the development of the Clinical Guidelines for LGBTQIA Affirming Marriage and Family Therapy. She currently serves on several boards: the AAMFT; the Triangle Community Center in Norwalk, CT; and the University of Maryland Prevention Research Center.

Registration Dates

Registration Register Before
Registration Ends Monday, January 23, 2023

Pricing Information

Registration Price
QTAN Network Students $10.00
QTAN Network Members $15.00
AAMFT Students $20.00
AAMFT Members $25.00
Non-Members $30.00
Non-member Student (contact network) $25.00
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