LGBTQ Identity Development as Mindfulness In Action with Dave Shannon, LICSW, CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, Monday, 01. April 2019

LGBTQ Identity Development as Mindfulness In Action
with Dave Shannon, LICSW
The hallmark of LGBTQ sexual and gender identity development is mindfulness.  Through their coming out processes, LGBTQ people have moved from places of internal isolation and disconnection to self-knowing and connectedness.  Their desires and abilities to be aware of their deepest feelings as well as to acknowledge and honor them, without judgment, are mindfulness in action.  By moving towards and accepting their authentic selves, LGBTQ people are uniquely poised to create and deepen connections with others.  How can psychotherapists more deeply understand their LGBTQ clients’ unique processes and skills? More importantly, how can psychotherapists deepen their work with these clients by creatively using specific mindfulness practices?
At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1. describe the layers of impact that sociopolitical forces have on LGBTQ people as they navigate their lives.2. identify the unique strengths and skills that LGBTQ people bring to both mindfulness practice and the process of psychotherapy.3. utilize specific meditation practices that build on LGBTQ people’s strengths and skills as they deepen their psychological well-being.
Dave is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boston, MA.  He specializes in LGBTQ health and in working with individuals and groups healing from trauma and abuse, sexual addiction and ****/bi/transphobia.  He has consulted with various health care and rape crisis centers and provided training and education to law enforcement, court personnel and health care workers in how to provide sensitive and culturally competent care.  Dave also provides clinical supervision and consultation to mental health trainees and clinicians, and he is a member of the IMP Board of Directors.
Continuing Education:
Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at 
Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. Please click the Green 'Tickets' button to register. 
The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is located at 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143 on the second floor of the CHA Central Street Care Center. 
Click here for details on directions and transportation. 
Parking:Free Visitor Parking is available in the lot directly across from the clinic which is shared with the Greek Orthodox Church. Please note: parking on the streets in the surrounding area is limited to Somerville residents with parking permits.
Online live-streaming
This will be available via the IMP Facebook page. 
Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series
This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and the David S Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

LGBTQ Identity Development as Mindfulness In Action with Dave Shannon, LICSW

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