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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Clients: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies Seminar

To read more about Dr. Kort’s upcoming PESI talks and to register click here or click on the dates below. 

Here's what Dr. Kort's colleagues and students are saying about his courses:

"The presentation was unlike any I have attended before. The quality of information, the presentation, and resources were excellent. It was refreshing to have a trainer actually create safety for all of the participants prior to the start, as well as having a genuine and straight forward approach to training. There was a variety of material that was not only informative for treating clients in the LGBTQ community, but also to address my own personal biases and experiences that may impact the way I treat my clients. There were a plethora of resources throughout the training including books, videos, organizations, resources for clients and families, as well as other trainings. This will be a training that continues to support my growth as an LGBTQ informed clinician well past the actual training. Joe has such a wealth of experience which really enhances the experience. Thanks to Joe who does such incredible work and is helping to train more LGBTQ allies and advocates." – Sarah Hitchings, MA, LPC, Intensive In-Home Director, Compass Youth & Family Services

"I loved hearing your perspective on all the issues discussed, and I can't wait to dive into the new mountain of LGBTQ resources I wrote down from everything you mentioned. Thank you again for sharing your studies and stories with us!"– Anna Keller, MSEd, NCC, LPC, Counselor at Jerry Walker Therapy Services

"You were fantastic today! Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us. I wish it could've been a week long!" Melissa Marcellino, LCMHC, NCC

"Thank you, Joe! I appreciate your knowledge and energy to help me help my clients. I met with my male client couple yesterday and had them define what monogamous meant to each of them and that opened up the conversation further! This helped me to help them. Thanks again."– Wendy Everson, MS, LMHP
, Calm Waters Counseling, LLC

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Course Description:

Are you making the biggest mistake treating your LGBTQ clients? Are you pushing them to “come out”? And if you are .. you could be traumatizing your clients.

Like you, I made the same mistake early in my career of forcing my clients to name and claim their sexual identity.

Like you, I didn’t know how to ask them about their sexual practices. And when I tried, I offended them.

Come to my workshop and I will equip you with the right tools and up-to-date information you need in this rapidly changing population to more effectively counsel your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning clients, and couples.

You will learn specific strategies to better treat the unique challenges your client may be facing such as:

  • self-acceptance and internalized homophobia
  • non hetero-normative sexual behaviors and practices
  • trauma and abuse from growing up LGBTQ
  • the difficult process of coming out

Also, let me help you avoid the common mistake of believing, “a couple is a couple” and treating LGBTQ couples the same as their heterosexual counterparts.

Don’t be the straight therapist that is losing LGBTQ clients because of poor intake, assessment and treatment planning. Learn how to offer your clients a safe place for therapy.

I look forward to meeting you at my workshop!

Joe Kort, Ph.D., LMSW


  • Asses psychological trauma of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning.
  • Recognize the specific and most common stages of coming out to accurately assist your client.
  • Differentiate common misdiagnosed mental health disorders and assessments.
  • Use specific interventions and assessment tools for LGBTQ clients and gay affirmative therapy.
  • Distinguish using interventions that work and don’t work for different generations.
  • Discuss contemporary perspectives of Lesbian and Gay couples.
  • Formulate strategies for LGB couples on compatibility, incompatibility, frequency and satisfaction.

To read more about Dr. Kort’s upcoming PESI talks click here. Or click on the dates above.

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