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RACA Talks: LGBTQIA+ Presented by: Ari Laoch, M.S., CRC, CBIST

When: January 24, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Health Brigade
1010 N. Thompson Street
Richmond, Virginia  23230
United States
Contact: Mallory McMullin
VCA Office - vcaoffice@cox.net; 800-225-8103

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Richmond Area Counselors Association

(A chapter of the Virginia Counselors Association)



Presented by Ari Laoch, M.S., CRC, CBIST

The first 2019 RACA talks will be centered on improving cultural competence of counselors in working with people within the LGBTQ+ community. The dialogue will come from a strength-based foundation to evaluate and consider the many layers of survival and success from within the community. While language and time must be spent in familiarizing counselors with the challenges people within the LGBTQI+ community face, Ari looks for the opportunity to share evidence-based interventions that have been most successful in building strength and supporting people within the LGBTQI+ community. Current language, contributions in legislation and public figures, as well as opportunities for further learning will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

  • Current language in personal identifiers within the LGBTQ+ community
  •  The relationship of trauma and survival for people within the LGBTQ+ community
  • Challenges and barriers in mental health for persons within LGBTQ+ community
  • The impact of psychology/counseling and the current legislation of conversion ‘therapy’
  • Families –of-choice and –of-origin-
  • The importance of consulting and appropriate referral of clients and families


Registration Fees:


RACA Members - Free!

All Others:  $10

(Attendees can earn up to 2 NBCC Contact Hours)




Complaint Policy: If you have a complaint or dispute regarding this event, please write a letter and include the following:  Name, address, telephone number, email, name of event, date and location of the event, complaint and desired resolution to Mallory McMullin or send an email to mmcmullin@ccps.us.  You will receive a reply in 30 days from the date you submitted the complaint/dispute.

Cancellation PolicyTo receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, registrants must cancel at least 2 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Cancellations and/or no shows with less than a 2 day notice will be reviewed after all expenses have been paid, a determination will be made regarding the ability to honor the request minus cost of guaranteed meals/special event fees. An administrative fee of $10.00 will be assessed for any refund with less than a 2 day notice. Submit cancellations/refund requests to: mmcmullin@ccps.us.



Virginia Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2047.  Programs that do not  qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Virginia Counselors Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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