Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Programming & Events
Wednesday, July 31
Symposium: Who Should "Police" Psychology? SPTA Roles and Controversies when Legislators Step into our Policy
8-8:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 303B
Co-Chairs: Timothy Popanz, PhD, Associates in Behavioral Health, P.L.L.C, Seattle; Lisa Grossman, JD, PhD, ABPP, Independent Practice, Chicago
Discussants: Jo Linder-Crow, PhD, CEO, California Psychological Association; Erica H Wise, PhD, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The practice of psychology has largely been regulated from within our profession. Recently, however, state legislatures have become more involved in legislating issues of clinical practice and training. Two notable examples of this type of legislation are the California ban on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) with minors and the Michigan Julea Ward Freedom of Conscience act, which would allow students to use their religious beliefs to decide which clients they will learn to serve. In both cases, and where similar laws are being drafted and proposed, SPTAs are facing difficult questions and positions.
Thursday, Aug. 1
Symposium: Toward LGBT- Affirmative Psychology in Asia: Attitudes, Mental Health Issues, & Capacity Building
9-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 303B
Chair: Barry Chung, PhD, Indiana University
Participants: David Shen, MA, Peking University, Shanghai, China; Te-Sheng Chang, PhD, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan; Seemanthini T.S., MA, Kasturba Medical College, Karnataka, India; Vizla Kumaresan, MA, Independent Practice, Sungai, Buloh, Malaysia; Eric J. Manalastas, MS, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
Discussant: Huso Yi, PhD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR
This symposium presents research from China mainland and Taiwan about attitudes toward lesbians and gay men; from India about mental health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people; a report from Malaysia about governmental oppression and related psychological issues for LGBT people; and a report on efforts to advance LGBT-affirmative psychology in the Philippines.
Note: There will be an opportunity for attendees to join the presenters right after the allotted time for the symposium in the Division 52 Suite to allow for continued discussion. Specific location to be announced.
Continuing Education Workshop:
APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation: Affirmative Practices
1-4:50 p.m. | Hilo Room, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Leaders: Kathleen Y. Ritter, PhD, California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, Calif.; Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, Independent Practice, Hillsborough, N.J.; Timothy R. Moragne, PsyD, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
This intermediate workshop focuses on the 2009 Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. The workshop summarizes the research on the efficacy and outcomes of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and then presents a framework for ethical, affirmative therapeutic practice with adults seeking change, especially those who are religiously conflicted. It presents a model of treatment consistent with existing law and proposed legislation and concludes with a focus on legal and public policy issues in light of a new California law seeking to ban SOCE for minors.
Friday, Aug. 2
Symposium: Responding to Sexual Orientation Change Efforts: Affirmative Policy and Treatment
8-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 313C
Chair: Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, Independent Practice, Hillsborough, N.J.
Participants: Clinton W. Anderson, PhD, Director, APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office; Jo Linder-Crow, PhD, CEO, California Psychological Association; Caitlin Ryan, PhD, Director, Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University
Discussant: Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD, Independent Practice, Seattle
In 2009, an APA task force provided a comprehensive report and APA adopted the Resolution on Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts, offering a framework for affirmative intervention as an alternative to SOCE for those who are distressed by their sexual orientation. Recently, California passed a law banning providers from applying SOCE to minors, citing the APA Resolution and Task Force report. Similar legislation was introduced in New Jersey. This symposium will review APA policies, discuss a state psychology association's role in legislation, and provide affirmative models for working with those experiencing distress with their same-sex attractions.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Symposium: Same-sex marriage: New research and implications for marriage policy
9-9:50 a.m. | Convention Center - Room 327
Chair: Robert-Jay Green, PhD, Rockway Institute at California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco Campus.
Participants: Justin Castello, PhD; Anna Bailey, PsyD; Erica Kornblith, MA, Robert-Jay Green, PhD and Quyen Tiet, PhD, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco Campus.
In three separate studies, we examined same-sex partners' personal desire for and political support of same-sex marriage, and we explored what distinguishes same-sex partners who marry from LGBs in other relationship statuses (single, cohabiting, domestic partnerships, civil unions). We found that 78% of female same-sex partners and 81% of male same-sex partners hope to marry, and their motivation to marry and political support were most strongly associated with current relationship satisfaction. Other data revealed better individual and couple functioning (e.g., less depression, greater relationship satisfaction) among married same-sex partners than among LGBs in other relationship statuses. Overall, same-sex partners who were married showed the same psychological advantages as their married heterosexual counterparts, when compared to LGB and heterosexual individuals in other relationship statuses. These findings may help inform public opinion, judicial decisions, and legislation concerning marriage inclusion for same-sex couples.
Sunday, Aug. 4
Symposium: The Promotion of Transnational LGBT Activism and Rights
11-11:50 a.m. | Convention Center, Room 327
Chair: Sharon G. Horne, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
Participants: Ouyporn Khuankaew, MA, Director, International Women's Partnership for Peace and Justice, Chiang Mai, Thailand; J. Roy Gillis, PhD, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Eric J. Manalastas, MS, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
Discussant: Clinton W. Anderson, PhD, Director, APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office
This symposium focuses on the research and advocacy of counseling psychologists and international colleagues in promoting transnational LGBT activism and rights.
Symposium: Addressing Clinical and Policy Issues Related to LGBT Service Members
11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. | Convention Center, Room 302B
Chair: Armando Estrada, PhD, Washington State University, Vancouver, Wash.
Presenters: Adam F. Yerke, PsyD, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles; Heather Wilder, PsyD, Rhode Island College, Providence, R.I.; Heliana Ramirez, MSW, Veterans Administration Menlo Park, Menlo Park, Calif.
This symposium examines challenges associated with the delivery of mental health care services to LGBT service members and veterans. Special focus on issues related to suicidality and care of transgendered personnel are examined.