#WalkingBetweenWorlds is a specifically designed seminar for anyone who works with LGBTQ individuals, including LGBTQ community workers and liaison officers, social and youth workers, mental health professionals, school and telephone counsellors, chaplains, church workers, healthcare and youth workers, etc. And LGBTQ people from faith backgrounds.
Understanding the LGBTQ faith person’s background, worldview, belief systems and the unique personal and mental health issues they face enables community workers and service providers to work more effectively with their clients.
This seminar is an LGBTQ affirming and trauma informed event.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of faith experience two worlds; often intensely opposed to each other. They experience the usual issues of resolving their sexuality, coming out, finding their place in the community and learning to live authentically in a straight world. Often however, they experience these with greater intensity and have additional issues to deal with. Research has shown that LGBTQ people from faith backgrounds are one of the highest risk groups in our community in several key areas including, anxiety, depression and suicidality.
The impacts of faith/sexuality conflict
• Intense cognitive dissonance
• Mental health issues
• Self-destructive behaviours
• Internalised homophobia
• Loss of purpose and self esteem
• Higher risk of HIV & STI infection
• Trauma and grief
• Inability to connect
• Obsessive behaviours and addictions
Why special training?
Understanding the LGBTQ faith person’s background, worldview, beliefs systems as well as the unique personal and mental health issues they face, enables community workers and service providers to work more effectively with their clients.
Who should attend?
- LGBTQ community workers
- Social workers
- Mental health professionals
- School counsellors
- Telephone counsellors
- LGBTQ liaison officers
- Church workers
- Health care workers
- Youth workers
- LGBTQ people from faith backgrounds
Learning outcomes include:
This practical training program provides an in-depth look into the world of LGBTQ people of faith by understanding their contexts, identifying their issues and giving you the tools to assist them on their journey.
• The complexities, various layers and how to separate issues of faith and sexuality
• Separate strategies to resolve belief system, sexual identity and scripture
• How to create non-judgmental, safe spaces for LGBTQ people of faith
• Identify specific issues faced by LGBTQ people of faith
• The do’s and don’t’s working with LGBTQ people of faith
• What additional support mechanisms are available
• ‘Closet hokey pokey’ – what is it and why it happens to LGBTQ people of faith
Saturday 1 July 2023, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Southport Community Centre, Room G4
6 Lawson St, Southport QLD 4215
For further information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 0408 426 808
Hosted by Universal Church of Love Inc
Presenter: Anthony Venn-Brown
Walking Between Worlds is endorsed by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)