Facilitating Collaborative Conversations about Gender & Sexuality
People who live outside of normative gender and sexual identities often face unique relational and social challenges. Traditional understandings of gender, sexuality, identity, and family put lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people under a normative gaze. This gaze often pushes their unique ways of constructing identity to the margins, thus compromising them in their relational worlds.
Clinical practices informed by conventional psychological theories can lead to hope-less, help-less conversations that fail to bring forward LGBTQ peoples’ courageous-creative acts of resistance to heteronormativity and homonormativity. Without recognition of what these acts of resistance do, helpers run the risk of unwittingly participating in these limiting discourses.
This experiential workshop will examine professional and cultural discourses that influence our ideas about gender, sexuality, and identity. By linking conceptual resources with the craft of question-asking, Julie will help you put queer theory into therapeutic action. Collaborative practices and queer theory will be featured as praxis allies that invite you and your clients into a reflective and generative relationship with ideas that instigate hopeful resistance to prevailing cultural discourses.
This workshop will:
- Examine the relational and societal challenges faced by LGBTQ people and their families.
- Review terms and concepts related to sexual and gender identity.
- Explore participants’ beliefs, attitudes, and understandings about gender, sexuality, identity, and family, and consider the clinical implications of these.
- Discuss intersectionality of gender and sexuality with other identity markers and consider the practice implications of these.
- Introduce conceptual and conversational resources from queer theory for respectful and inclusive practice with LGBTQ people