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Please check back soon for 2019 workshops!


A 6-Part Series:
Exploring Challenges to Mental and Spiritual Health
in the LGBTQ+ Community

Wednesdays, April 26-June 14
Intersections International
145 W 28th Street, 11th Floor, NYC

$40 per session / $200 for the entire series.
Scholarships are available.
Please contact Diana Barone for more information

As the world’s population of the LGBTQ+ community continues to grow—with the Millennial generation twice as likely to identify as LGBT compared to adults of all ages —it is important for leaders, including those in spiritual and mental health settings, to continue to be educated on the challenges this population faces, and the support that can be offered.

Many already have been leading the way!
Blanton-Peale Institute & Counseling Center, in partnership with Believe Out Loud, and Parity presents this 6-part series to explore how we can best support LGB people of various intersectionality, Trans people, LGBTQ youth, same-sex couples and their children, and those who identify outside of the LGBTQ spectrum.

Who could benefit from the series?

  • Anyone—LGBTQ+ or ally—who finds themselves leading a small or large group that includes LGBTQ+ people and wants a better understanding of mental health challenges.
  • Leaders from religious or spiritual settings (clergy, small group leader, board member, or other leadership role).
  • Mental Health professionals who want a deeper understanding of the religious and spiritual aspects for LGBTQ people.
  • Professionals who work within the LGBTQ+ community, seeking an understanding of the positive and negative impacts of spiritual and mental health on LGBTQ people.

What you can expect:
Becoming a part of a learning community with expert presentations, panel discussions, and activity workshops. We also give you the opportunity to share your own experiences and wisdom, so we all can gain additional tools to support the LGBTQ+ community.

Register for 1 or more sessions or all 6 @ EVENTBRITE
For more information:

April 26
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Overview
Amanda Mays, LMSW (Blanton-Peale)
Rafael Martinez, LMSW (Callen-Lorde)

May 3
A Panel Discussion: Impact of Religion on LGBTQ+ People
: Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen (Parity)
Panel: Abby Stein, Jonathan Benz, Keisha McKenzie, PhD (Believe Out Loud), Sontaia Briggs

May 10
LGBTQ+ People and Families: From Acceptance to Family Creation
Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen (Parity)
Rev. Elizabeth Edman and Staff from the Ackerman Institute Gender & Family Project

May 24
A Panel Discussion: Intersection of Race, Class, Power, and Privilege in the LGBTQ+ Community

Moderator: Amanda Mays (Blanton-Peale)
Panel: Keisha McKenzie, PhD (Believe Out Loud)
Additional panelist to be announced

June 7
Dealing with Shame, Trauma, and Addiction in the LGBTQ+ Community
Kim Hertz, LCSW (Blanton-Peale)
Jonathan Benz

June 14
Sex and Sexuality in the LGBTQ+ Community
Avigail Hurvitz-Prinz, LMSW (Blanton-Peale)


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