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PSY 5930RR. Advanced Multi-Theory Approach to LGBTQIA Clinical Work (LGBT). 2-3 Unit.

This course will study and apply literature from a wide variety of theoretical orientations (psychoanalytic, self psychology, CBT, humanistic, existential, sex therapy, and narrative) to clinical work with LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Ally) clients/patients. An integration of theory is important to the effective treatment of LGBTQIA clients/patients. The historical context of ideas will be discussed, especially in relationship to the LGBTQIA-Affirmative movement. Intersections of socio-cultural factors that influence minority mental health will have a strong emphasis. Clinical concepts to be discussed in context of working with LGBTQIA clients include (but are not limited to): unconditional positive regard, the unconscious, true/false self, self-object transferences, negative cognitions & schemas, intersections of identity, multiculturalism, empowerment, egalitarianism, homeostasis, and externalization) as they relate to LGBTQIA psychological healing. This course meets the additional process class, representing an alternative theoretical orientation (2 units) requirement for students. This course meets the LGBT Specialization elective unit requirement.