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Spring 2017 Tom Mulder Memorial Lecture and Lunch on LGBTQ Issues
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CREATING SUPPORT:Opportunities and Challenges for LDS LGBT People and their Families

When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
12:00-4:00 pm
Where: College of Social Work, Okazaki Community Room
395 S. 1500 E.
Salt Lake City, Utah  84112
United States

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Opportunities and Challenges for LDS LGBT People
and their Families

Marybeth Raynes, LCSW, LMFT and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen, LMFT

Thursday, June 15th   12:00-4:00 pm (Lunch from 12-1 pm; Workshop from 1-4 pm)      3 CEUs

FREE for NASW Members* / $50 for Nonmembers

LDS families face specific difficulties when a family member shares the news that they are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, identify as LGBTQ, or experience same-sex attractions. Families are often at different stages in being ready to address and integrate the multiple challenges this news presents.  This workshop will help practitioners conceptualize family response as a developmental process and will provide interventions to help families respect and enjoy one another while supporting the the coming out process.

About the Presenters:

Marybeth Raynes, LCSW, LMFT, has been in private practice at Crossroads Psychotherapy for over 35 years.  Additionally she is NASW Diplomate and a American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Clinical Member.  In addition to an M.S.W, she also has an M.S. In Marriage and Family Relationships and has taught Marriage and Family courses at the University of Utah in the Family and Consumer Studies Department and at the Graduate School of Social Work.  She co-edited "Peculiar People:  Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation" and has presented at many workshops addressing LGBTQ concerns. She is also a member of the Reconciliation and Growth Project ( and a primary researcher with the 4 Options Survey (, both of which are concerned with LGBTQ/SSA faith-based people. In her clinical practice she has worked with LGBTQ LDS people throughout her career who have challenges with their families, spirituality and other mental health concerns.

Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen, LMFT is the clinical director of Flourish Counseling Services at the Encircle LGBTQ-SSA Youth and Family Resource Center in Provo, Utah.  She is a PhD candidate at Brigham Young University where she also sees clients at the Provo Center for Couples and Families. She specializes in couple and family relations, including addressing LGBTQ issues and stressors related to the LDS community.  Lisa has received national awards from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and is guided as a therapist by both current social research and spirituality fostered by her worship and activity in the LDS Church. She receives referrals from LDS Family Services and bishops who are working with LDS clients.

Space is limited - register early!

*Although the workshop is free for NASW members, preregistration is required. Members must log in to receive discount.

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If you require accommodations to permit your attendance or participation, please provide a written request along with a completed registration form and conference payment at least 30 days prior to the registration deadline for the workshop or conference. Requests received after this deadline may not be able to be processed or fulfilled in time for the activity

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