LGBTQ & Questioning Support Group

Dear Advisers,

I will be holding a LGBTQ and Questioning Support Group beginning October 4 in Hall Health. I am currently accepting referrals. Please consider students you know and refer them to the group.

(See the attached flyers)

Here are more details about the group and referral process:

The purpose of this group is to provide a safe, supportive, and affirming environment where individuals can explore thoughts and feelings around sexual orientation and gender identity.

The group is appropriate for individuals who are anywhere in the lifelong “coming-out” process, which includes: people who may be uncertain and are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, people who may be coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer, and people who struggle with “being in the closet” at work or school, with friends, and with their families. The group is also appropriate for individuals who would like to process or talk about some of the issues described below.

Themes and topics that arise in this group may include:

. Understanding and dealing with feelings of physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual attraction

. Issues of gender identity and expression

. Examining the impact of stereotypes, social and gender roles and expectations

. Considering the consequences of homophobia, heterosexism, discrimination, and oppression

. Dealing with issues of vulnerability, guilt and shame

. Exploring the question, “Who am I?”

. Intersections of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, and culture

. Issues around labels, identities, authenticity, disclosure, belonging, rejection, and community

. “Coming out” process and stages

. Dealing with fear and isolation

. Accepting oneself and developing a positive self-image

. Coming out to family, friends, classmates and co-workers

. Developing allies and a support network

. Issues around loss and grief

. LGBTQ culture and communities

Location: Hall Health Primary Care Center

Start date: October 4, 2012 (open membership & ongoing)

Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Frequency: Weekly, ongoing

Cost: $49 per group, insurance accepted

*Group screening/orientation is required.

Here is how you can refer someone to the group:

If you know a student who might be appropriate for the group, please refer them to me (by phone at 206-543-5030 or by e-mail ) to schedule a brief phone discussion about the group, and I will schedule them for a screening/orientation meeting.

Thank you!!!

Ryli Webster, MSW, LICSW Mental Health Therapist Hall Health Primary Care Center Mental Health Clinic Seattle, WA 98195-4410 Front Desk: 206-543-5030 Fax: 206-543-4716

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