Black and Pink Holiday Card Making Party
Dec
1
2:00 PM14:00

Black and Pink Holiday Card Making Party

We would like to invite you to a holiday card making party for LGBTQIA prisoners, this party is just one of many happening all across the country as part of a national effort organized by Black and Pink. This event is co-hosted with Kay Howarth, Charlie Fredrick, and Queer Asterisk. 


The holidays can be a challenging and lonely time when you're locked up and away from loved ones, so we'll be decorating and sending holiday cards to LGBTQIA folks who are currently in prison. Our goal is to make at least 80 cards to send out to prisoners. 
There will be lots of snacks, drinks, good times with good company, and plenty of card making supplies. Please come join us in a community action to send some love to prisoners. If you can not come to the event please consider donating to our wish list of supplies on Amazon. Donate at:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2PY0UC2X53IR1/ref=cm_gf_ss_wl?fbclid=IwAR1R_nzHkZvhRvZbkTSLutsuli-r96zENM8k_pDnKhUHHsA3Gw9-dM3_1WI

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Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child

What does it mean to be Highly Sensitive? Is that even a real term? What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? Are the two related? What do I need to know if I'm parenting a sensitive child?

Using neuroscience as her guide, Sarah will explain Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), the Highly Sensitive "diagnosis", and most importantly offer some parenting strategies and tips to employ with sensitive kiddos.

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About Sarah K. Ahn, MBA, MSW, LSCW: Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist who is passionate about coaching parents to have authentic, attached, and reflective relationships with their kids. For over 15 years, Sarah has worked with children, parents, and adults at the Kempe Center, Boulder Institute of Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR), Harvard Graduate School of Business, and in private practice.

Sarah is also an avid speaker having presented and/or taught classes at Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder YWCA, Bixby School, Broomfield Rec Center, Friends School, and the University of Colorado -- Boulder. Sarah earned her MSW from Smith College School of Social Work, and MBS from Harvard Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Most Importantly, she is the proud mama to two teenaged sons and one 5th grade daughter.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Group
Jan
22
to Mar 12

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Group

Our winter session MBSR group runs January through March. MBSR is an eight week class, designed by John Kabat-Zinn, to give you practical experience with various tools of mindfulness.  The teachings are supported by 30 years of scientific research and are proven to be beneficial for chronic pain, anxiety, depression and various other health conditions.  MBSR is a helpful add on to individual therapy or ongoing medical treatments.  Joining this group requires participation in one of the free orientation classes. Check out the details and register on our MBSR page.

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Rapidly Engaging Client Values as Levers for Change: Using the ACT Matrix
Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Rapidly Engaging Client Values as Levers for Change: Using the ACT Matrix

People come to therapy in order to live more fulfilling and purposeful lives. One paradox the clinician runs into is that the client’s belief that “there’s something seriously wrong with me and I have to fix it” is often a barrier to the self-acceptance, compassion, and perseverance that serve as mediating processes for the desired change itself. Drawing from the deep evidence base of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this training will introduce the ACT Matrix of Psychological Flexibility. The Matrix is a powerful tool that serves to support collaborative treatment planning that is grounded in mindfulness, acceptance, and personal values. We direct clients away from seeking symptom reduction, in favor of promoting repertoire expansion through values-driven behavior, radical acceptance, and undermining the verbal processes that perpetuate psychological suffering.

Facilitator:  Brooks Witter

Brooks is a counselor, clinical supervisor and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer based in Boulder, Colorado. He currently runs a small private practice, supervises interns at Naropa’s Community Counseling Center and has an extensive professional background supporting individuals, couples, families, and teams transform challenges into strength building opportunities. When not working, you will find him on his bike, spending time with his family, getting outside, playing improv or fiddling with saws and wood.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Community Event
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Community Event

  • Boulder Main Library, Flatirons Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In partnership with Boulder Psychological Services we will be hosting a community event where you can learn how to use MSBR strategies to improve your physical and emotional well being.  Please join us at the Boulder Main Library, Flatirons Room on September 19th at 6 pm.  No registration required.  

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Gender Awareness and Responsiveness
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Gender Awareness and Responsiveness

This course provides healthcare professionals the necessary foundational information and clinical skills to offer more mindful treatment to their patients. What does it take to be a culturally aware and responsive healthcare provider working with LGBTQ+ individuals and their families? The focus of this training is the intersectionality of biological sex, gender, and sexuality as it pertains to identity development. The aim is to cultivate mindfulness in hopes of having a positive impact on the visibility of marginalized identities within the field of healthcare.

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About the Trainer:

Sorin Thomas LPC, LAC (Xe, Xyr, Xem) Clinical Director, Therapist

Sorin is a queer and non-binary transgender licensed professional counselor and licensed addictions counselor offering a variety of therapeutic services to queer and trans folx. A graduate of Naropa University with a master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology, Sorin utilizes body sensation/movement and mindfulness practices. Therapy is strengths-based and client-directed for children, adolescents, adults, and couples/families of all configurations to inspire growth and healing. Sorin specializes in modalities such as wilderness therapy and canine/equine therapy.

QA MISSION

We provide queer-informed counseling services,
community programming, and educational trainings
to promote the internal wellness and social
connectivity of queer and trans people

QA VISION

We envision a vibrant community that embraces
authentic expression and transformation, where

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Meaning Making in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Meaning Making in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Abstract: 

One of the challenges when working with patients with eating disorders is encountering the rigid and concrete thinking, experiencing, and behaving represented through food and the body. How do clinicians walk the tight rope of assessing and working with these overt symptoms while simultaneously accounting for their emotional and relational meanings? During this training we will discuss some of the developmental deficits that contribute to problems in mentalization and symbolic thinking, and how these experiences influence the onset and maintenance of eating disorders. We will discuss the use and implementation of behavioral interventions that promote containment, and consider different ways of engagement with patients, their possible impact on the therapeutic relationship and meaning broadly. We will also focus on the importance of cultivating the therapist’s internal thinking and feeling space, and the significance of knowing how and when not to act with skills or tools (often informed by one’s own internal, somatic reactions or clinician countertransference). Finally, through a case example we will discuss the arc of long-term eating disorders treatment and progression in therapy in terms of a growing recognition of a shared two-person, mind and bodied space. 

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Presenter & Bio: 


Dana Satir, PhD, CEDS, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist in private practice in Denver and Boulder, providing integrative and relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy, clinical supervision and consultation. In 2012 she was awarded her doctorate in psychology from Boston University and completed her clinical internship at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School in adult community psychiatry. She went on to receive advanced training in family-based treatment (Maudsley approach) during her postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Satir is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of Denver, where she teaches courses on eating disorders treatment and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She remains active in research and writing focused on the treatment process, including the psychoanalytic treatment of eating disorders and clinician countertransference with complex patient populations.

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Tips and Tools for Integrating Brain Research Into Your Therapy Practice
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Tips and Tools for Integrating Brain Research Into Your Therapy Practice

Register for your free ticket here! Limited Seating

We’ve learned a lot about The brain since we started studying it with MRI machines in 2010. In this workshop we will examine how to use this knowledge to inform our therapeutic  work with our clients covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • Anxiety
  • depression
  • ASD’s
  • Bipolar disorder A
  • DHD
  • OCD’s

As well as other brain regulation issues we are discovering as we explore this new and exciting frontier  

Dan Fox LPC has spent the past 15 years helping adolescents (and their families) with the work of growing into healthy, happy adults. His diverse background includes teaching high school, running a summer camp, school counseling, and directing September High School.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dan has brought these experiences into his clinical work. He is committed to the idea that there is hope for your teen and relief for your family. Dan uses a variety of approaches to help teens and families get more functional and feel more successful. Some clients do better when the work is done out of the office. Some benefit from Dan’s short-term, cognitive-behavioral interventions. For other clients, Dan approaches ongoing therapy from a Humanistic and Gestalt view.

Dan provides talks and workshops for schools, summer camps, and other organizations seeking to understand adolescents and help them grow up. He also provides consultation and coaching by phone for parents around the country.

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Essentials of Diagnosing and Treating Bipolar Disorders
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Essentials of Diagnosing and Treating Bipolar Disorders

Workshop Description:
This 1.5-hour workshop will focus primarily on assessment of bipolar disorders. By the end of
the evening attendees will be able to:
 differentiate between bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and major depressive disorder
(MDD);
 know how to screen for bipolar disorder when someone presents in a depressive episode,
and understand the complexity of differentiating depression in MDD vs. bipolar disorder;
 properly diagnosis mood disorders vs. substance-induced mood episodes; and,
 know how to assess for hypomania or prodromal manic symptoms when a previously
depressed client comes in reporting significant improvement.

Time permitting, Alisha also will share an overview of the treatment model used at the
Sutherland Bipolar Center, emphasizing a couple of powerful tools that you can put to immediate use in your practice.
The workshop format will include lecture, handouts, case examples, and Q&A.

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About Alisha:
Alisha L. Brosse, Ph.D. is the Director of the Sutherland Bipolar Center, a bipolar specialty
clinic located in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For over 15 years she has coordinated the day-to- day operations of the Center, provided psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups, supervised therapists in training, and provided community education on bipolar disorders. She has trained mental health professionals in the assessment and treatment of bipolar disorders in a number of settings, including community mental health, private practice, conferences, and via an on-line course. She is passionate about disseminating evidence-based psychosocial treatments for bipolar disorders.

 

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Reaching Across the Racial Divide: It Starts with Me, It Ends with Us
Sep
30
to Oct 1

Reaching Across the Racial Divide: It Starts with Me, It Ends with Us

Racism is deeply imbedded in our psyches, and in our personal, professional, and community group interactions. Through didactic and experiential engagement in small and large groups, we will create space to discuss and process the divide of racism and confront its damaging possibilities. Group facilitators will encourage participants' bravery and risk-taking as they interact from their personal narratives in U.S. racialized history.

For all our participants for this weekend, please see our participant guide for this coming weekend here.  Also here is the Cultural Homeless Article and the White Fragility article. 

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