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Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities - Florida (SAIGE - FL)


President - Christen Bellace

President-Elect - Frank Gorritz

Secretary - Shaun Alladin

Treasurer - Mariana Chacon

Graduate Student RepRaymond (Tom) Clark

Graduate Student RepKristin Murry Sutherland

Past-President - Abigail Maher

The Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities - Florida (SAIGE - FL) is a division of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) for professional counselors and students who support the mission of the group and wish to learn more about the work that the group is doing.

SAIGE-FL provides counselors and students opportunities to network, to participate in professional development activities, to take Leadership roles and to socialize!

We are working to continue building this division through offering additional resources, programs, and opportunities for members. We encourage you to join now and contact us today about your interest in participating in this grassroots effort to further the cause of SAIGE-FL.

SAIGE-FL represents the diverse needs of the community in reference to sexual and affectional orientation, gender identity, and diversity. We stand united in love and acceptance.

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Biweekly Advocacy Chats

As part of their commitment to advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community, SAIGE-FL is hosting Advocacy chats every other Wednesday at 7pm. The purpose of these chats is to bring clinicians together to organize, commit to and execute advocacy projects to combat the anti-LGBTQIA+ recent events, and legislation occuring in our state. Through this group and the support of multiple clinicians that have joined us, we have successfully created a letter template, and began a letter writing campaign educating organizations and politicians across the state of Florida; encouraging them to express support for the LGBTQIA+ community and condemn recent legislation targeting the community. The group's next projects include creating an educated voter guide for the Florida Governor race, a voter registration campaign, and a voter guide to make voting easier and more accessible. The SAIGE-FL advocacy chats will continue to serve as a place to share space with advocacy minded clinicians, learn from each other how to be better advocates, organize together and help turn everyone's advocacy ideas into action that makes a difference. The next meeting dates are: Wednesday August 3rd, Wednesday August 17th, Wednesday August 31, and Wednesday September 14th. 

Interested in Writing Letters for Gender Affirmation Care?

The Fenway Institute

The World Professional Association of Transgender Health

LGBTQ Friendly Travel Resources in FL

ACLU Florida: Updated LGBT laws, rights, important legislative and advocacy

LGBT Competencies for Mental Health Counselors

The Trevor Project: Crisis and/or suicide help and other  important resources for the LGBT community

Helpful books for counselors interested in working with the LGBT population: 

Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy

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The editors and contributors of this comprehensive text provide a unique and important contribution to LGBT clinical literature. Spanning 30 chapters, they discuss the diverse and complex issues involved in LGBT couple and family therapy. In almost 15 years, this book provides the first in-depth overview of the best practices for therapists and those in training who wish to work effectively with LGBT clients, couples, and families need to know, and is only the second of its kind in the history of the field. The clinical issues discussed include
• raising LGBT children
• coming out
• elderly LGBT issues
• sex therapy
• ethical and training issues
Because of the breadth of the book, its specificity, and the expertise of the contributing authors and editors, it is the definitive handbook on LGBT couple and family therapy.

Counseling LGBTI Clients

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Counseling LGBTI Clients is a comprehensive, practical, easy-to-read guide for both emerging practitioners and current practitioners, LGBTI individuals, and those who know them. It combines theory, research and practice with a framework that focuses on challenging and changing beliefs and attitudes toward each LGBTI subgroup, gaining current knowledge about the subgroup, and empathetically developing skills to work effectively with the subgroup in a LGBTI-affirmative manner.

Casebook for Counseling Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons and Their Families

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This timely and powerful book seeks to fill the training gap in working with LGBTQQI clients and their families. Thirty-two captivating case studies examine contemporary issues affecting these populations to assist students, practicing counselors, and other mental health professionals in assessment, treatment planning, and implementation. The emphasis is on what is said and done in actual counseling sessions, including diagnosis; interventions used, treatment goals, and outcomes; transference and countertransference issues; other multicultural considerations; and recommendations for further counseling or training.

Experts in the field address a wide range of issues across the topical areas of individual development, relationship concerns, contextual matters, and wellness. The cases presented include coming out; counseling intersex, bisexual, and transsexual clients; partner and marriage counseling; parenting issues; aging; working with rural clients and African American, Native American, Latino/a, Asian, and multiracial individuals; sexual minority youth; HIV; sexual and drug addictions; people with disabilities; binational couples; work and career; domestic violence; spirituality and religion; sexual issues; and women’s health.

Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, and Boys: A Strengths-Based Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators (The Routledge Series on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Boys and Men)

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Counseling Gay Men, Adolescents, & Boys: A Strengths-Based Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators provides practitioners and educators with critical information needed to help navigate the therapeutic and educational terrain of working with gay males. While other books address a broad range of issues when working with LGBTQ individuals, this volume devotes its focus to the specific needs of gay boys, adolescents, and men. This book also presents an important perspective about individuals who identify as bisexual and transgender, and examines the intersection between gender and sexual orientation. Readers will find practical resources, tools, and clinical case studies for mental health practitioners, professionals in school settings, educators, administrators, and medical personnel serving gay males.

LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research and Implications for Practice

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LGBT-Parent Families is the first handbook to provide a comprehensive examination of this underserved area. Reflecting the nature of this issue, the volume is notably interdisciplinary, with contributions from scholars in psychology, sociology, human development, family studies, gender studies, sexuality studies, legal studies, social work, and anthropology. Additionally, scholarship from regions beyond the U.S. including England, Australia, Canada, and South Africa is presented. In addition to gender and sexuality, all contributors address issues of social class, race, and ethnicity in their chapters.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction

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This exciting and engaging textbook introduces students to the psychology of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer lives and experiences. It covers a broad range of topics including diversity, prejudice, health, relationships, parenting and lifespan experiences from youth to old age. The book includes ‘key researcher’ boxes, which outline the contributions of significant individuals and their motivations for conducting their research in their own words. Key issues and debates are discussed throughout the book, and questions for discussion and classroom exercises help students reflect critically and apply their learning. There are extensive links to further resources and information, as well as ‘gaps and absences’ sections, indicating major limitations of research in a particular area. This is the essential textbook for anyone studying LGBTQ Psychology, Psychology of Sexuality or related courses. It is also a useful supplement to courses on Gender and Developmental Psychology.

The LGBT Casebook

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Even in today’s more enlightened society, it takes courage for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals to “come out of the closet” and embrace their sexual orientation and identity. Coming out, or facing internal and societal conflicts related to sexuality, involves a great deal of anxiety that can permeate other aspects of an LGBT individual’s life–particularly when seeking psychiatric treatment. The goal of The LGBT Casebook is to help clinicians, trainees, and other mental health professionals address the mental health needs of LGBT people in the context of problems these individuals face in their everyday lives, including homophobia and discrimination.

The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens and Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity

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If you are a transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) teen, you may experience unique challenges with identity and interpersonal relationships. In addition to experiencing common teen challenges such as body changes and peer pressure, you may be wondering how to express your unique identity to others. The Gender Quest Workbook incorporates skills, exercises, and activities from evidence-based therapies—such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—to help you address the broad range of struggles you may encounter related to gender identity, such as anxiety, isolation, fear, and even depression.
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