Working with the LGBTQA+2 hours (2 CEUs)
Community Across the Lifespan
Friday, Sept. 18, 12 –2:00 pm
Moderated by Susan Maataoui, PhD
Co-presented by Douglas Kimmel, PhD and James McElligott, PsyD
Description: This presentation will cover psychoeducation and terminology for working with the LGBTQA+ community and focus on meeting the unique clinical needs of LGBTQA+ clients across the lifespan, from adolescence to adulthood to the aging community. This presentation will also include discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQA+ community and ways of supporting LGBTQA+ clients during this time.
Douglas Kimmel, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, City College, C.U.N.Y., where he taught in the Department of Psychology from 1970 until 1999 (including three visiting professorships in Tokyo, Japan). In 1975 he began a research project on older gay men, finding that they were a varied group, including some in long-term relationships, and many who were well-adjusted and aging successfully. In 1997 he and Clarence Adams conducted a similar study with African American older gay men. He was a co-founder of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) in New York City in 1977, and SAGE Maine in 2013. He had an independent psychology practice in Hancock, Maine, until retiring in 2014. He served as Chair of the MePA Committee on Peace & Social Justice for several years and has been active in many roles in the American Psychological Association. His textbook, Adulthood and Aging (Wiley, 1974, 1980, 1990), included a discussion of sexual orientation and a series of interviews with a gay man over the 16-year life of the book. He has many publications on sexual orientation, including Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences (co-edited with Linda Garnets) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Research and Clinical Perspectives (co-edited with Tara Rose and Steven David). Doug and his husband, Ronald Schwizer, had a church wedding ceremony in Boulder, Colorado, in 1969 and were married legally in Hancock, Maine, on August 19, 2013. His website is: www.tamarackplace.com/kimmel.
Dr. James McElligott is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Counseling Center of New England in Portland. He has been with the Counseling Center of New England since May 2019 and previously completed his post-doctoral training and served as a staff psychologist at the VA Maine. He specializes in working with the LGBTQA+ community and providing evidence-based trauma treatment and offers individual therapy, group therapy, psychological evaluations, and gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy evaluations for transgender and gender non-conforming clients. He can be contacted through www.counselingcenter.com and at firstname.lastname@example.org.