An ever-evolving group of communities, the 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families have become more of our therapeutic and political focus over the years. There is more research now than ever before about this group of people and their needs, and yet there is much that is not yet known about them. We, as therapists, will encounter people who identify themselves as belonging to some part or parts of the queer communities, and so we need to educate ourselves on how best to serve them. This presentation is where we will begin.


Learning Objectives

  • To list who comes under the Rainbow of these communities.
  • To understand the impact of the history of discrimination and abuse of these communities.
  • To start to get an understanding of the unique issues that impact these communities.
  • To begin a self-evaluation of our potential biases as mental health professionals.
  • To analyze the areas we might start to change to make more space for these communities.


Jane Oxenbury

Jane is a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Calgary and has worked with individuals, couples, and families within the LGBTQ2S+ communities since 1988. Jane runs workshops regarding LGBTQ2S+ identities and concerns and is a member of the Calgary AHS Sexual Orientation Identity and Expression Provincial Advisory Council and the Calgary Police Service Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisory Board. Jane holds memberships in the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Canadian Psychologists Association, the Alberta Clinical Hypnosis Society and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Jane has co-authored the chapters “Counselling Lesbians” in “Culturally-Infused Counselling: Celebrating the Canadian Mosaic” (2005) and “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Individuals” in “Canadian Counselling Psychology in the 21st Century” (2015).

CE Credits

CE-The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for one (1.0) hour of CE Credit. A full view of the course materials is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be awarded. PAA maintains responsibility for the program.

Credits: 1.0

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