Words Can Hurt: Staying Competent in Affirming LGBTQI+ Terminology

Mar 30, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Mar 30, 2019 3:30pm


Description

Should you say sexual or affectional orientation? What is asexual, pansexual, genderqueer? When working with LGBTQI+ clients, the terminology not only is expansive but has changed quickly, leaving many counselors unsure of appropriate terms and their meanings. Using outdated, stigmatized terms can cause harm to clients, the therapeutic relationship, and the client's view of counseling. This interactive workshop educates both new and seasoned professionals on the most updated terms, as well as problematic terms to avoid.

  • Participants will be able to describe the reasons that it is important to use appropriate and updated terminology for LGBTQI+ people, in terms of the impact that it has on clients, the therapeutic relationship, and the reflection of counseling as a field.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the reasons that terms change, sometimes rapidly in any marginalized population, and applied specifically to LGBTQI+ people.
  • Participants will be able to define over 30 of the most commonly used LGBTQI+ terms, and will be able to identify over 10 of the terms that should no longer be utilized to describe members of the LGBTQI+ community.

Speaker(s):

  • Misty M. Ginicola, PhD, Professor/ Counselor, Southern CT State University/ Self-Employed
  • Cheri Smith, PhD, Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

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