Multiple Marginalization and Intersections of Identity: Addressing Conflicts among Sexual Orientation, Gender Diversity, Religious/Spiritual and Ethno-Cultural Identities in Clinical Practice
Individuals who come from minority populations in the United States and who are also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered face many challenges. They face misunderstanding and discrimination not only from the larger community, but also from communities that they identify themselves as a being a part of. For example, African Americans, Native Americans, and Americans of Asian background often face distrust, discrimination and misunderstanding from the larger culture that surrounds them. But, as people who also identify as LGBT, misunderstanding and discrimination comes from their own minority communities in ways that are as unique as the communities themselves. This workshop will explore the many complicated facets of being a sexual minority within another minority population that includes ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities and people who often have what they may experience as conflicting religious or spiritual identities.
The Union of Psychology and Spirituality Retreat is offered for psychologists, pastoral counselors, other mental health professionals, clergy and all individuals who share an interest in the overlapping realms of psychology and spirituality. The intent is to bring together people who will speak openly about their beliefs and practices and will actively participate in their own learning and growth. The programming is designed for participants at all levels of knowledge and psychological and spiritual development. No particular religious tradition is endorsed by the program and during past retreats, leaders have presented from Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and non-religious spiritual traditions. Three concurrent programs will be offered on Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon, ending at 4 p.m. All the Retreat programs emphasize active discussion and participation rather than lecture only. There will be time set aside for meditation throughout the event. Attendees are strongly encouraged to stay overnight to fully benefit from the experience. There will be ample opportunities for social interaction and meditation.