LGBTQ 101: Building Bridges of Communication and Care

  • Fri, March 24, 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The Monrovian Restaurant Banquet Room, 534 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016
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  • You are a licensed health/mental health professional AND a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT or surrounding local Chapters (IE, OC, LA, SFV).
  • You are a student, intern, or associate in the field of mental health care AND a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT or a neighboring local chapter (IE, LA, OC or SFV).
  • You are a licensed mental health care professioinal, but not currently a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT, nor any neighboring chapter (IE, LA, OC, SFV).
  • You are a student, intern, or associate in the field of mental health care, but not currently a member of San Gabriel Valley CAMFT, nor any neighboring chapter (IE, LA, OC, SFV).

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Buffet Luncheon, Member Meeting and a Presentation by

John Sovec, MA, LMFT

This event generously sponsored by

Working with the LGBTQ community offers clinicians an opportunity to explore many facets of the life spectrum with their clients and together they can delve into what it mean to live a fully realized life as part of this diverse and colorful community. It is also vital for therapists to understand the influences of a hetero- normative society on the development and emotional balance of LGBTQ people as well as how to best support these clients as they travel through the challenges of the living as part of an identified minority.

This highly interactive workshop will provide an overview of the unique needs of this population, assist clinicians in building definitions of gender and sexual orientation, understand family and community dynamics, and develop tools to better assist their LGBTQ clients.

Learning Objectives:
  • Build awareness of the effect of coming out process on development and attachment.
  • Utilize the Klein Sexual Orientation Grid to develop effective treatment plans and strategies for working with LGBTQ clients.
  • Assess the effects of community and family based hetero-centric systems and biases within the family unit on LGBTQ clients.
  • Develop respectful language and vocabulary.
  • Apply therapeutic concepts developed during the workshop to the clinical setting with respect to family dynamics, cultural expectations, and social constructs.

Therapists Earn 1.5 CEU's

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Friday March 24, 2017

We're meeting at the Monrovian Restaurant banquet room. A delicious luncheon buffet will be served. Certificates will be distributed at the end of the workshop for those who attend the full event and turn in a post-workshop evaluation form.

About the Presenter

John Sovec is a psychotherapist and coach in Pasadena, California who specializes in working with LGBTQ teens and their families during the coming out process.  His knowledgeable, insightful, frank and sometimes humorous approach helps families, teens and adults travel safely through the amazing journey of coming out.

John is a highly sought after expert on the topic of LGBTQ teens with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, YHTV, LA Talk Radio, Broad Topics and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy.  In addition, John offers trainings to organizations, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on how to successfully support LGBT teens during the coming out process.

John is also an advocate and educator in the HIV/AIDS community with over twenty five twenty years of experience, presenting workshops and retreats with various organizations and is the Clinical Consultant for The Life Group LA. John is an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Graduate University.

You can learn more about John and his work at and



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