Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Exploring the Influence of LGBTQ Intersectionality in Therapy

  • 09/22/2019
  • 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Violence Intervention Program (VIP) – Community Mental Health Center 1721 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031, Phone: 323.221.4134
  • 30


  • Licensed Therapists, Related Professionals
  • Pre-Licensed Therapists, Students
  • Registration for Speakers/Panelists and Committee Members

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LA-CAMFT Diversity Committee


Exploring the Influence of
LGBTQ Intersectionality in Therapy

Sunday, September 22, 2019
2:30 - 5:30 pm

2.0 CEUs


Harpreet Malla, PhD
Stara Shakti, MA, AMFT
Sage A. Mendez-McLeish, MEd
Joe Garza, MA,AMFT

Exploring the Influence of
LGBTQ Intersectionality in Therapy

The intersection of sexual orientation and/or gender identity with other social statuses—such as age, race, ethnicity, culture, and religion present unique challenges that impact LGBTQIA+ clients' experiences in therapy. This presentation will help us identify and understand these challenges, and how therapists can apply this critically important information to provide more effective assessment and psychotherapy with LGBTQIA+ clients. It will also bring into focus the importance of developing new strategies and skills as well as the demand for required continued learning and personal development.

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify skills needed for working with LGBTQIA+ populations.
  2. Identify relevant ethical issues related to LGBTQIA+ populations.
  3. Recognize intersectionality issues and describe how to apply these issues in therapy with LGBTQIA+ populations.


    Dr. Harpreet MallaRegistered Psychologist, is collecting post-doctoral hours for licensure at Shanti OC and serves as LACPA CARE committee chair. She identifies as a 1.5 generation Indian-American feminist and enjoys navigating the cultural nuances those experiences have brought her. Dr. Malla has a passion for working with identity development for LGBTQ and multicultural individuals.

    Tara (“Stara”) Shakti, MA, AMFT graduated from Antioch University LA with a Master's in Clinical Psychology and a specialization in Trauma Studies. Her areas of focus include: couples, LGBTQIA+ folks, first-generation Americans, and people of color. Stara has presented at psychotherapy conferences on ways that members of multiple, marginalized groups face difficulties negotiating often-conflicting identities.

    Sage Mendez-McLeish, MEd, educational consultant, college professor in Child Development and Parenting, holds an M.Ed. in Special Education. Utilizing his gentle and perceptive approach, Sage Mendez-McLeish patiently walks trans individuals and their families through social and physical transitions, familial relationships and school safety.

    Joe Garza, MS, AMFT, specializes in early Childhood Development and has been providing counseling services to clients in diverse communities for over 12 years. Trained and certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interactive Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, he treats children and youth for symptoms of trauma such as depression, anxiety, and developmental delays.

    $30 for Licensed Therapists, Related Professionals
    $25 for Pre-Licensed Therapists, Students

    $35 for Licensed Therapists, Related Professionals
    $25 for Pre-Licensed Therapists, Students

    For more information: DiversityCommittee@LACAMFT.org.

    Licensed Therapists, Pre-Licensed Therapists, Students and Related Professionals

    Event Details: 
    Sunday, September 22, 2:30 - 5:30 pm

    Violence Intervention Program (VIP) –
    Community Mental Health Center
    1721 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031
    Phone: 323.221.4134

    Parking Lot 14. Click here for detailed free parking information.

    $35 for Licensed Therapists, Related Professionals

    $25 for Pre-Licensed Therapists, Students

    2.0 CEUs provided

    Online Registration CLOSES when registration limit is reached. We'll then start a waiting list.

    Seating is limited to 75.

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    CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 2 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign in/out form & must complete form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE.

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    minus $5.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for
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    Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Organizer at  DiversityCommittee@LACAMFT.org.

    Grievances: Program Administrator, Valerie "Billie" Klayman, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate & remedy grievances.  Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days.  Contact her at cfo@lacamft.org.

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