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22nd Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference

Keynote Speaker: Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Date: November 12, 2017
Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT CenterThe Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Inc. (LAGPA) announces its Twenty-Second Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference. The conference is a one-day event co-hosted and co-sponsored by Mount SaintMary’s University. The conference is being held Sunday November 12, 2017 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 130 professionals are expected to attend.

This year is LAGPA’s 25th Anniversary since its inception in 1992. To honor that achievement Lorri L. Jean will be the keynote speaker. Jean is nationally recognized as one of the most effective leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) civil rights movement. Jean serves as CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world's largest LGBT organization. Previously, Jean served as the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. OUT Magazine has twice named her one of the 50 most powerful gay people in the nation, Los Angeles Magazine named her one of L.A.’s 100 most influential people and in 2014 it named her one of the ten most inspiring women in Los Angeles.

2017 Conference Documents


Sold Out with 160 attendees!

21st Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference

Keynote Speaker: Greg Cason, Ph.D.

Date: November 13, 2016
Antioch University
Los Angeles, CA

Greg Cason, Ph.D.Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Inc. (LAGPA) announces its Twenty-First Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference. The conference is a one-day event co-hosted and co-sponsored by Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) and the Masters in Psychology/Clinical Psychology LGBT Specialization. The conference is being held Sunday November 13, 2016 in Culver City, CA at AULA and presents academic research and expertise on LGBTQI issues and concerns to professionals working with these clients in their psychotherapy practices. The conference is designed to meet the educational needs of psychiatrists, psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, MSW, CAADAC Certified and Registered addiction professionals, interns, and students of psychology, and earns continuing education credits from APA, BBS, and CAADAC. Approximately 100 professionals are expected to attend.

For our twenty-first anniversary conference, we wanted a truly special speaker. Dr. Greg Cason is best known as “Dr. Greg” from the Bravo series “LA Shrinks”— the controversial docu-series that dramatized the interactions between a therapist’s office and his real life. He appears regularly as a psychological expert on The Nancy Grace Show and has also appeared on many TV programs including The Jeff Probst Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and other news features. His expertise was also featured in documentaries specifically about the gay community such as The Butch Factor, The Adonis Factor, and The Gift. Most recently, he provided expert psychological analysis in The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story. His writing includes an often-irreverent psychology column for the gay community called “Off The Couch” in print and on-line versions of Frontiers magazine and his sometimes-controversial views have been featured in The Huffington Post, The Advocate, People, and other publications. Dr. Cason currently teaches in the psychiatric residency at UCLA and is a licensed psychologist and Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive therapy with a private practice in Los Angeles specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the LGBT community.

2016 Conference Documents

Almost 100 attendees!

20th Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference

Keynote Speaker: Lauren D. Costine

Date: November 15, 2015
Antioch University
Los Angeles, CA

Lauren D. CostineThe Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Inc. (LAGPA) announces its Twentieth Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference. The conference is a one-day event co-hosted and co-sponsored by Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) and the Masters in Psychology/Clinical Psychology LGBT Specialization. The conference is being held Sunday November 15, 2015 in Culver City, CA at AULA and presents academic research and expertise on LGBTQI issues and concerns to professionals working with these clients in their psychotherapy practices. The conference is designed to meet the educational needs of psychiatrists, psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, MSW, CAADAC Certified and Registered addiction professionals, interns, and students of psychology, and earns continuing education credits from APA, BBS, and CAADAC. Approximately 100 working professionals are expected to attend.

For our twentieth anniversary conference, we wanted a truly special speaker. Lauren D. Costine, Ph.D., is not only a graduate of AULA and past board member of LAGPA, but her soon-to-be released book—Lesbian Love Addiction: Understanding the Urge to Merge and How to Heal When Things Go Wrong—establishes her as a leading expert in the field. Besides being one of the founding members of The LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology at AULA in 2006, she is currently the Chief Clinician of BLVD Treatment Centers - an intensive outpatient treatment center based in Hollywood, CA - where she founded their LGBTQ-Affirmative Track – one of the first of its kind on the West Coast. Dr. Costine is a recognized expert in LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy and pioneer in Lesbian-Affirmative Therapy.

2015 Conference Documents

Almost 100 attendees!

19th Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference

Keynote Speaker: Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

November 2, 2014
Antioch University
Los Angeles, CA

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-SThe Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Inc. (LAGPA) announces its Nineteenth 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 2, 2014 in Los Angeles (near Culver City), CA at Antioch University and presents academic research and expertise on LGBTQI issues and concerns to professionals working with these clients in their psychotherapy practices. The conference is designed to meet the educational needs of psychiatrists, psychologists, LCSW, MFT, MSW, CAADAC Certified and Registered addiction professionals, interns, and students of psychology, and earns continuing education credits from APA, BBS and CAADAC. Approximately 100 working professionals are expected to attend. Prior conferences have been held at Antioch University Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Philips Graduate Institute, and the Gay and Lesbian Center.

Our keynote speaker, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is an international sexual addiction expert, renown author and educator, and founder of the Sexual Recover Institute. He has authored may books, including: Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men; Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction; Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn, and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age; and Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships. He is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, The Huffington Post,and CounselorMagazine.com, writing primarily about the intersection of technology with sex and intimacy.

2014 Conference Documents

18th Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference

Keynote Speaker: Sen Ted Lieu

November 3, 2013
Phillips Graduate Institute
Chatsworth, CA

Sen Ted LieuThe Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Inc. (LAGPA) announces its Eighteenth Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference. The conference is a one-day event co-hosted and co-sponsored by Phillips Graduate Institute (PGI). The conference is being held Sunday November 3, 2013 in Chatsworth, CA at PGI and presents academic research and expertise on LGBTQI issues and concerns to professionals working with these clients in their psychotherapy practices. The conference is designed to meet the educational needs of psychiatrists, psychologists, LCSW, MFT, MSW, CAADAC Certified and Registered addiction professionals, interns, and students of psychology, and earns continuing education credits from APA, BBS and CAADAC. Approximately 100 working professionals are expected to attend. Prior conferences have been held at Antioch University Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and the Gay and Lesbian Center.

Senator Ted Lieu is scheduled as keynote speaker. He will speak on SB 1172— the bill he sponsored prohibiting mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) in patients under 18 years of age. Although the bill was signed into law, it has been challenged in court and awaits a decision. The legality of SOCE is of great interest to therapists working with LGBTQI clients.

2013 Conference Documents

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