Lesbian & Gay Psychotherapy Association

Lesbian & Gay Psychotherapy Association


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who Provides a Safe Environment for Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transsexual Clients in the Greater Los Angeles and Southern California areas


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  • Social engagements with other gay and lesbian professional organizations such Southern California LGBT Association
  • Reduced fees for parties and events
  • Networking opportunities with other health care professionals
  • Invitiations to special LAGPA events JOIN NOW!

We look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming socials and events. Join us for networking and fun with your friends in the LGBT community!


Latest News & Classifieds
(Summer/Fall 2018 newsletter in PDF format) (allow up to 20-40 seconds to download large file)

  1. Executive Director's Report: Summer 2018 (page 4)
  2. Editor Comment: Summer 2018 (page 7)
    by Mary Guillermin
  3. Surveying Clinicians Experiences A study you can participate (page 8)
  4. Social Events — Summer Pool Party (pages 9-17)
  5. An Interview with LAGPA's Newest Board Member (pages 20-21)
    By Mary Guillermin with Alexis Pivnicny
  6. A Radical Article: Can Gay Community be Resuscitated (pages 22-25)
    By Don Kilhefner
  7. The Soldier's Project: My Story with the Soldier's Project: Paying it Forward (pages 25-26)
    By Fred Wilkey EdD
  8. Mary & Travis at Outfest (page 26)
  9. Educational Workshop:
    The Call of Darkness — Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice
    (pages 28-29)
  10. Job Opening
    • Antioch University Los Angeles (page 37)
    • Academic Writers for Large ABC-CLIO Project on Gender (page 37)
  11. Film Review: Hot to Trot (pages 39-40)
    By Chuck Stewart
  12. The 23rd LGBTQI Conference at Antioch University Los Angeles
    Conference Program and registration form (pages 41-56)
  13. Classified Ads (pages 57-59)



Calendar 2018

Social Events in Green / Courses, Workshops & Conferences in yellow
Click here to see what we did in 2014 - 2017.

April 28
Good turn out. See you next time.

Movie Night! “A Fantastic Woman.” MFT themed movie and all people welcome. Potluck. Free. Come socialize in an intimate setting.
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May 26
Good turn out. See you next time.

Movie Night! “God's Own Country” and "Call Me By Your Name." Gay-male themed movies. All people welcome. You do not have to stay for both movies. Potluck. Free. Come socialize in an intimate setting.
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June 24
Good turnout. Packed room. Thanks to Dr. Hedges for his presentation.

Suicide Prevention (also satisfies the Law & Ethics requirement) by Dr. Larry Hedges — Free event for members with free meal. 6 CE credits available for small fee.
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July 21
Great to see so many of you there!

Outfest: We are thrilled to be collaborating with Outfest Los Angeles in the screening of the film, I Miss You When I See You, directed by Simon Chung. Screening is on Saturday, July 21, 2018, 11:30am at DGA 1, 7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. Discount tickets available with LAGPA code.
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Aug 5
Wonderful turn out. See photos in the Summer/Fall Newsletter.

Annual Summer Pool Party — Largest social event of the year co-hosted with LGBT Bar with almost 200 people in attendance.
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Oct 27

LACPA Conference booth (all are welcome to staff our booth)

Nov 11

23rd Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference co-hosted by Antioch University Los Angeles and the LGBT Specialization
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Dec 2

Annual Winter Social. Lots of fun. Click here for details.



23rd Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference

Keynote Speakers: D. Joye Swan and Shani Habibi

Date: November 11, 2018
Antioch University
Culver City, CA

D. Joye Swan and Shani Habibi, authors of Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible SexualityThe Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Inc. (LAGPA) announces its Twenty Third Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference. The conference is a one day event co-hosted and co-sponsored by Antioch University Los Angeles and the LGBT Specialization. The conference is being held Sunday November 11, 2018 in Los Angeles and presents academic research and expertise on LGBTQI issues and concerns to professionals working with these clients in their counseling practices. The conference is designed to meet the educational needs of psychiatrists, psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, MSW, interns, and students of psychology, and earns continuing education credits from APA. Approximately 100 professionals are expected to attend.

This year is LAGPA’s 25th Anniversary since its inception in 1992. To honor that achievement D. Joye Swan and Shani Habibi will be the co-keynote speakers. They are editors of Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality (Springer, 2018 ISBN 978-3-319-71535-3) and recognized authorities in their field.

Dr. Swan has been studying sexual behavior for over twenty years. The common feature in all of her research is using social psychological theory to understand and change stigma and prejudice in relation to sexual minorities beginning with her research on aversive discrimination against homosexual males to her most recent research on defining, labeling, and understanding the origins and impact of biphobia. Along with Dr. Habibi, she has recently completed two large scale studies which follow up on and expand their research on how heterosexuals define bisexuality and under what conditions they will apply that definition to either males or females.

Dr. Shani Habibi is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Masters’ in Science program at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Her main research interests are in the areas of sexuality with a focus on bisexuality. She is trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist as well as a Systemic Therapist and has treated clients in a variety of clinical settings, including bisexuals. Currently, she educates marriage and family therapists on how to treat bisexuals in a clinical setting and is on the board of the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association (LAGPA).


2018 Press Release


2018 Conference Brochure & Registration

The 2018 Conference Brochure and Registration form is now available. Please use the links below. The brochure is a large file and may take several minutes to download. For a quick reference guide, download the 1-page flyer. Being a LAGPA member saves you over 25% on entry fees. If you are not a member, please consider becoming one before the Conference to gain these savings.


2018 Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

Approximately 100 professionals attend our conference. What better way to reach this targeted audience than to sponsor or advertise? Attached are the appropriate forms. We can still accommodate booths. Please see the attached Sponsorship Form.


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