Archive for February, 2017

Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump

thank you, Tom, for sending this out.

In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump. They’re too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman’s fear turned into intense, physical pain.

“It’s just a nightmare,” said Drake, who practices in West L.A.

Drake was trained not to reveal her personal beliefs, but now will agree with clients if they say they don’t support Trump.

“If this were just another session, if this weren’t such a big thing, if this weren’t so evil, I wouldn’t,” she said. “But I have to stand for what I stand for and that does cross over into politics.”


SAVE THE DATE… Coping with Hope 2017: “HIV in Uncertain Times”

Mark Your Calendars! You’re invited to…

Coping with Hope 2017: “HIV in Uncertain Times

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 8:00 am

*A free, one-day symposium addressing the mental health needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Registration will open April.



03/25/17: Women’s Empowerment Summit

please pass this on to your clients and associates.

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

click on the image to register, and for more information:womensempowerment

2017 Women’s Empowerment Summit
by Behavioral Health Services


Sat, March 25, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

15519 Crenshaw Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90249

The Women’s Empowerment Summit is a free annual event to inspire, empower, and encourage women to find their strengths within, through dynamic, inner-active workshops, speakers, and activities.

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HIV and Aging- Webinars

Older Adults & HIV: Social Isolation and Social Support
This two-hour webinar is designed to provide an overview of the extent of social isolation and the lack of social support resources faced by many older adults with HIV. Given the health challenges faced by this population, it is important that we anticipate and plan for the future caregiving and support needs of this group.

March 6th 2017

1pm-3pm EST





Health Promotion for Older Adults Living with HIV

This two-hour webinar will provide an overview of how HIV progresses and affects the overall health of older adults. This information will then be related to how service providers can play a role in promoting and helping older adults living with HIV stay linked to care and maintain viral load suppression.

March 21st 2017

1pm-3pm EST




*To register for a course, click the ‘Register’ link above and enter your account log-in information.  If you do not have an account, you will need to sign up for one prior to registering for this course at

For assistance contact 212-924-3934 x134

02/17/17: Spectrums Model of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Upcoming Continuing Education


Spectrums Model of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Presented by Cadyn Cathers, MA

Friday, February 17th, 2017

1:15 to 2:30 pm

@ Center for Healthy Sex

10700 Santa Monica Blvd. #311, West L.A., 90025

1 CEU is available for free at this event for LMFT/LCSWs.

To register for this lecture, please reply to this email or send an email to:


People can get lost in all the terminology of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and others) communities. This can cause therapists to be afraid of “saying the wrong thing” and accidentally offending a client. Through introducing therapists to the Spectrums Model of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality, the presentation will help clinicians learn about the differences between sex, core gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and sexual behavior. In addition, we will explore how internalized homo/bi/transphobia, misogyny, and racism play out within these realms. This presentation will help clinicians understand the vocabulary, deconstruct and demystify the language and terminology, and gain understanding of the essentialist and socially constructed aspects of identity. They can also ask questions that they may have been afraid to ask!

About the Presenter


Cadyn Cathers, MA, is a bisexual transgender man and clinician who specializes in working with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) patients, body integrity identity disorder, and adults with early childhood trauma. He is affiliate faculty in the LGBT Specialization in the MA clinical psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles, where he teaches courses in human sexuality, psychodynamic theories, and affirmative psychotherapy with TGNC clients. He recently co-authored a chapter in the book, “Teaching LGBTQ Psychology: Queering Innovative Pedagogy and Practice” on teaching in community settings. Additionally, he is a doctoral candidate in applied clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he is conducting research for his dissertation on the therapeutic alliance between a cisgender (non-transgender) therapist and a transgender patient.


BBS approved CEs provided by Douglas Evans, provider #4027.
This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for
LMFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

We will be filming this lecture to upload to our YouTube channel.

Click Below for Upcoming CEU Lectures and Recordings of Past Lectures:

Click Below for Information about Directions and Parking:

Bilingual HIV RN Case Manager Position Available in MCC (Medical Care Coordination) Program-East Los Angeles

For more information on how to apply please contact Alonso Bautista, MA, MFTI at 323-869-5408


The Nurse Case Manager will provide case management services to an ongoing case load of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  The RNCM works as part of an interdisciplinary team to formulate care plans based on assessment and provision of care priorities. Coordination of services with the social worker /mental health clinician, and other psycho-social support services for persons with HIV/AIDS needing higher level of care. The RNCM will work under the Home Based Case Management (HBCM) program or the Medical Care Coordination (MCC) program. The RNCM for HBCM will coordinate services for persons who are homebound and when applicable, will coordinate activities with in-home support, skilled nursing facilities, hospital nursing personnel, members of the interdisciplinary team and with the physician in the clinic. The RNCM for MCC will act as team lead to ensure the patient’s needs are met and their care is coordinated through the delivery of brief interventions focused on patient education, treatment adherence, managing side effects, medical nutrition therapy, co-infections, and preventative care.


  1. Identifies and enrolls persons with HIV/AIDS into a case management program providing services within the HMCM and MCC programs.
  2. Works as part of an interdisciplinary team to formulate care plans based on assessment and provision of care priorities.
  3. Coordinates services with the social worker /mental health clinician and other psycho-social support services for persons with HIV/AIDS needing higher level of care.
  4. Coordinate access to other services including, nutrition services, legal services, in-home support, attendant care, and skilled nursing.
  5. Actively participants in Case Conferences to determine appropriate care plan for patients.
  6. Delivers brief interventions focused on patient education, treatment adherence, managing side effects, medical nutrition therapy, co?infections, and preventative care.
  7. The Nurse Case Manager will participate in the developing of all program material, policies and procedures related to the nurse case management program; includes creating program manuals and Quality Management policies.
  8. Develops program informational and educational materials and various forms.
  9. Cultivates and develops community social services linkages for patients and families with HIV/AIDS.
  10. Identifies third party payer sources, completes Medi-Cal and/or Medi-Care paper work; Qualifies participants for the State AIDS Case Management Program services.
  11. Collects demographics, compiles monthly reports and statistics.
  12. Works to coordinate support services with hospital discharge planners as needed.
  13. Attends staff meetings, programmatic trainings/meetings, various community meetings, task forces and local consortium.
  14. May be required to perform clinical nurse duties as needed
  15. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. Graduation from an accredited Baccalaureate School of Nursing or a related field and two years experience in administration or management, public health nursing and/or case management or an RN with three years experience in home health care and/or case management.
  2. Current, active, and unrestricted registered nursing license provided by the State of California.
  3. A minimum of one year experience working with HIV populations preferred.
  4. Bilingual: English/Spanish required

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