Professional Workshops

Professional Workshops


I have given dozens of workshops and clinical trainings for local, regional, national, and international organizations. My areas of expertise include:

  • Family therapy and family systems theories
  • Couple therapy, including Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Method Couple Therapy
  • Sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ+) clients, including couples and families
  • Consensually non-monogamous relationships, including polyamory and “open” relationships
  • Working with clients who are part of the BDSM/kink communities
  • Taking a sexual history and addressing client sexual concerns in individual and couple therapy
  • Clinical skills for broaching issues like race, class, sexuality, disability, age, etc. in psychotherapy
  • Weight and body size as a dimension of diversity; Fat Acceptance, Health at Every Size(r), and weight-neutral approaches to body image issues
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive organization, for clients and staff
  • Transferring clients between therapists, especially in organizations employing trainees/interns
  • Supervising pre-graduation mental health trainees in community organizations and clinics
  • Addressing issues of identity and diversity in the supervisory relationship
  • Use of video and live observation in supervision

Contact me if you’d like to talk more about having me present to your agency, training program, or organization.


Clinical Trainings (selected):

  • Welcoming the LGBTIA2-S Community: Cultural Competence for Clinicians     
    • La Cheim Behavioral Health Services – Oakland, CA, September 2017
  • The Basics of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy & Use with Queer Clients
    • Pacific Center for Human Growth – Berkeley CA, January 2017
  • Working with Consensual Non-Monogamy                                                   
    • Pacific Center for Human Growth – Berkeley CA, February & September 2016
  • A Deep Dive into Attachment Theory                                                                   
    • Haight Ashbury Psychological Services – San Francisco CA, August 2015
  • Working with Consensual Non-Monogamy                                                      
    • Haight Ashbury Psychological Services – San Francisco CA, June 2015
  • Culturally-Responsive Diagnosis                                                                            
    • John F. Kennedy University – Pleasant Hill CA, December 2009
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Basics
    • John F. Kennedy University – Pleasant Hill CA, November 2009
  • Working with GLBT Youth
    • John F. Kennedy University – Pleasant Hill CA, May 2007
  • An Update on Minuchin and Structural Family Therapy                                
    • John F. Kennedy University – Pleasant Hill CA, April 2007
  • Marginalized Sexual Identities                                                                      
    • John F. Kennedy University – Pleasant Hill CA, January 2007
  • Queering Mental Health: Re-examining Gender and Sexuality for the New Millennium
    • University of Colorado-Denver: Chi Sigma Iota psychology honorary – Denver CO, February 2006
  • The Political Context of Working with GLB Persons                                        
    • University of Colorado, Denver: Multicultural Supervision: An Inclusion Model of Practice – Denver CO, March 2005, with P. Rutter
  • Understanding Self-Injuring Behavior                                                          
    • Denver Children’s Home Day Treatment – Denver CO, February 2004
  • Sexual Diversity in a Health Services Context                                                      
    • Syracuse University, Student Health Center – Syracuse NY, January 2001, with R. Harvey

Conference Presentations (selected):

  • “Beyond the Dyad: Working with Consensual Non-Monogamy”        
    • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy – Atlanta, GA, October 2017
  • “Allies in the Fight: Working for Justice with Clients and Communities”  
    • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy – Atlanta, GA, October 2017
  • “Allies in the Fight: Working for Justice with Clients and Communities”
    • American Family Therapy Association – Philadelphia, PA, June 2017
  • “What My Counselor Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Me”: Working with BDSM  Clients 
    • American Counseling Association – San Francisco, March 2017, with S. Schoser
  • Difficult Dialogues: A Cultural Humility Approach to Broaching Cultural Issues
    • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy – Indianapolis, IN, September 2016
  • Cutting Edge LGBTQ Research & Practice: Informed Therapy 
    • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy – Indianapolis, IN, September 2016, with K. Benson, E. Hartwell., K. Heiden Rootes, & L. Walsdorf
  • Cultural Competence with Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships:  Beyond the Dyad
    • American Counseling Association – Montreal QC, April 2016, with S. Schoser 
  • Difficult Dialogues: A Cultural Humility Approach to Broaching Cultural Issues
    • American Counseling Association – Montreal QC, April 2016, with S. Schoser
  • Integrating Fat Studies into Mental Health Training Programs
    • Association for Size Diversity and Health – Boston MA, July 2015
  • A Fat Studies Perspective on Mental Health Services  
    • American Family Therapy Association – Vancouver WA, June 2015
  • Difficult Dialogues: Broaching Cultural Issues in Counseling
    • California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors – San Diego CA, February 2015
  • Microaggressions and Challenges to Self-Care in Professional Clinical Counseling
    • California Association for Licensed Professional Counselors – San Francisco CA, October 2014, with J. Pinterits
  • Integrating Health at Every Size and Fat Studies into Psychology Training Programs & Practice                                                                                                        
    • American Psychological Association – Honolulu HI, August 2013, with M. Loewy
  • Integrating Fat Studies Into Mental Health Training Programs
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte NC, May 2012, with M. Loewy
  • Exploring Resilience: Experiences of Psychology Students in a Fat Studies Class 
    • American Family Therapy Academy – San Francisco CA, May 2012
  • Queer Science: History and Research Implications on Families   
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Ft. Worth TX, September 2012, with K. Benson
  • Size Acceptance/Health at Every Size for Family Therapists   
    • American Family Therapy Academy – Baltimore MD, June 2011
  • Multicultural Couples Therapy: Clinical Considerations 
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Sacramento CA, October 2009, with V. Thomas & M. Rastogi
  • Queering Domestic Violence: GLBT Parents and Children    
    • Annual Conference on Domestic Violence at Sturm College of Law, University of Denver – Denver CO, March 2007, with J. Henslee & C. Payntor
  • Do Ask, Do Tell: Sexual Identity and Marriage and Family Therapy 
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Nashville, TN, November 2001, with L. Stone Fish & R. Harvey
  • But is it Therapy? Redefining In-home Interventions      
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Denver CO, November 2000, with S. White


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