Queering” Group Therapy: Beyond Homonormative Clinical Care Models

Join Sorin Thomas and Grace Ballard for their institute, “Queering Group Therapy: Beyond Homonormative Clinical Care Models,” at our upcoming annual conference!

So many of us enthusiastically open our doors to LGBTQ clients. But what does it take to be a culturally-competent therapist working with these populations? How can we as group therapists create a therapeutically-sound space for queer and transgender individuals to show up, whether they are a sub-group of one, or one of many? In this workshop, we will consider issues specific to group therapy with queer and trans populations, including how to utilize the sexual/gender identity of the group leader to create safer space. We will look beyond “homonormative” clinical care models, and discuss the implications (relevant to everybody!) of queering group therapy.

Sorin Thomas, LPC, LAC, is a queer and non-binary transgender licensed professional counselor and licensed addictions counselor offering a variety of therapeutic services to queer and trans folx. A graduate of Naropa University with a Master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology, Sorin utilizes body sensation/movement and mindfulness practices. Therapy is strengths-based and client-directed for children, adolescents, adults, and couples/families of all configurations to inspire growth and healing. Sorin specializes in modalities such as wilderness therapy and canine/equine therapy.

Grace Ballard, MA, LPCC, is a queer therapist in Denver who specializes in working with poly/kinky/queer identities and lifestyles. Trained in contemplative psychotherapy, she brings a mindfulness-based approach to her work with individuals and partners, and is currently training in sex therapy.  You can learn more at www.GraceBallard.com.