Continuing Education Program
Queer Sex Therapy:
Helping LGBTQ Clients Improve Their Sexual Relationships
March 17, 2017
Presenter: Teresa Johnson, PhD
9:00am - 12:15pm
UNH School of Law, Room 103
Approved by NH-NASW 3 Category I CEUs (# 3285)
The purpose of this workshop is to help psychotherapists become more comfortable working with LGBTQ clients who are addressing issues related to sexuality. Participants will learn about assessing for and addressing issues that may negatively impact clients’ sexual desire and sexual intimacy within their relationships.
Dr. Teresa Johnson is a licensed psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist. She works in private practice in Portsmouth NH where she helps adult clients address issues related to anxiety, intimacy, and sexuality including sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, and low sexual desire. Her psychotherapy practice also serves gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients, as well as supporting transgender clients through medical transition.
Ethical Considerations in Suicide Prevention and Postvention for Behavioral Health Care Providers
April 7, 2017
Presenter: Anne Duckless, MA
9:00 - 4:30pm
2 White St, Concord NH
Approved by NH-NASW in 6 Category I CEUs in Ethics and Suicide Prevention for social workers (#3287)
From the days of ancient Greece to modern times, suicide has posed vexing philosophical and ethical questions. Clinicians working with suicidal individuals face ethical challenges which may vary for different age cohorts and cultures. Provision of effective clinical practice requires clinicians to recognize and examine their own personal values and attitudes as well as respecting and understanding those of their clients. Clinician’s response and service to clients must be provided in a competent manner, with recognition of the strengths and needs of the individual and within the context of ethical codes and standards.
Participants will engage in discussion of ethical issues such as dignity and worth of the individual, self-determination, involuntary treatment, and assisted suicide. Case scenarios representing challenging ethical situations with suicidal individuals will be explored through group discussion. This program will examine ethical concerns related to working with clients who are dealing with suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and will encourage clinicians to be more cognizant of how their own values, experiences and belief system impact their work.
As a national best practice program, the Connect Suicide Prevention Program offers discipline-specific trainings to all community providers in how to promote healing and reduce risk in the wake of a suicide death. As participants, mental health practitioners will learn suicide postvention protocols specifically designed for mental health and substance use disorder providers and how these protocols interface with those of other community disciplines. This Ethics training will also examine what type of communication and collaborative approach mental health practitioners can take when responding to a suicide death in a community, while maintaining HIPAA confidentiality. Especial emphasis will be made on reducing the risk of contagion among community members who might be youth, young adults, and loss survivors, while also balancing the emotional needs of the clinician as loss survivor.
Ann Duckless has worked in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment for the past 20 years. She has extensive experience working directly with middle and high school youth and their families. In her role as Community Educator and Prevention Specialist with NAMI NH’s Connect Suicide Prevention Program, Ann has conducted hundreds of trainings with a variety of disciplines and communities across the state, as well as with communities across the country. Ann is a Team Leader for the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT).