LGBT Couples Therapy Presented by: Daniel J. Alonzo, Psy.D. and Anthony Zamudio, Ph.D. Educational Workshop and Reception Saturday, June 16, 2012 1-5 PM Daniel J. Alonzo, Psy.D. Anthony Zamudio, Ph.D. Staying Friends, Keeping the Benefits: Sexual challenges for same-sex couples. Integrative Couple Behavioral Therapy: Working with same sex couples. Several researchers and writers have explored the issues frequently faced by same-sex couples: lack of community support, invisibility of role models, and exposure to dominant societal narratives that devalue LGBT partnerships. However, one of the most troubling and frequently unspoken challenges for same sex couples is sexuality – maintaining consistent and satisfying sexual experiences as partners grow along unique developmental trajectories. This presentation will review some of the most recent research, share clinical vignettes from a sex therapy perspective, and suggest directions for effective intervention with couples who desire greater joy and vibrancy in their intimate relationships. • Couple therapy is often challenging for therapists when the emotional volatility, contradictory reports, and secrets of partners are presented in sessions. Therapists can often become confused, at odds with one or both of the partners, and at the very least, feel out of control if they are only trained in individual and/or family models of therapy. Participants will learn the theoretical principals, assessment, and intervention techniques of Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) developed by Christensen and Jacobson to provide them with a road map to more effectively address and manage common relationship complaints. Through a case presentation, the presenter will illustrate how IBCT is effective and sensitive with same sex relationship couples. • Daniel J. Alonzo, Psy.D., is a both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in LGBT mental health for over 20 years. In addition, Dr. Alonzo is a Certified Sex Therapist, credentialed through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). In addition to seeing clients in his private practice, he serves as a member of the core faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, California, and also serves as a staff psychologist in University Counseling Services at California State University, Northridge. Several years ago Dr. Alonzo was presented the Award for Outstanding Service to the Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community by the Los Angeles Gay Psychotherapy Association. Anthony Zamudio, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Clinical Psychology and practices in Glendale where he specializes in couple therapy. He received training in the Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT) model from Andrew Christensen and Neil Jacobson through their five-year NIMH research grant on the effectiveness of IBCT. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine and the Behavioral Science Director at the USC Family Medicine Residency Program at California Hospital. He has journal publications and twenty years experience teaching residents, medical students, and psychology graduate students on the psychosocial aspects of primary care. He currently serves as a member for the Los Angeles County Psychological Association ethics committee and a former ethics member of the California Psychological Association. In his practice, he also specializes in Latin, Gay and Lesbian issues. 4 CE Units, APA/BBS for Psychotherapists Saturday June 16, 1-5 PM Hors d'oeuvres Reception to Follow Hosted in the home of Liliane Quon McCain 608 N. Hillcrest Road Beverly Hills, CA 90210 $30 for members; $50 for non-members Unrestricted street parking. RSVP – Chuck Stewart, Ph.D., at [email protected] Payment is accepted at the door in cash, check, or credit card. Continuing Education Credit Disclosure LAGPA is approved to provide Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Nurses. The exact number of credits awarded is equal to the number of contact hours for each event and is specified on the Syllabus and the Registration Form. BBS CE Credits — Course approved for continuing education credit for LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) provider # PCE 3992. APA CE Credits — LAGPA is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAGPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. All requests for refund must be made in writing and sent to: LAGPA, PO Box 34142, Los Angeles, CA 90034.