Queer Counseling & Narrative Practice with Charley Lang

Course Description

This newly updated course offers seven lessons exploring strength-based narrative therapy in working with clients identified as LGBTQ+. Issues include heterosexism and its discontents, privileging voices from the margins, celebrating queer community, navigating non-traditional relationships, trans experience, intersexuality, and narrative approaches in the treatment of trauma. The course features topical readings throughout, along with videos and dyadic exercises, interactive padlets and video guides, and two full instructor clinical sessions…one with an individual, the other with a couple! For an additional $65, registrants can earn 12 APA approved CE credits through Alliant International University. For course objectives, see below.

We are thrilled to welcome Charley Lang, who has taken to online course construction like a fish to water. I first met Charley strolling the streets of Havana at the 2009 Narrative Cuba Conference. Charley wears many hats. An actor in his previous life (The West Wing, Star Trek: The Next Generation, NYPD Blue, ER, among many others…), he is co-founder of Narrative Counseling Center in Los Angeles, where he consults with individuals and couples, and trains interns and therapists in the many strength-based  practices of narrative therapy. He loves teaching and developing new course material, something he does a lot at Antioch University and elsewhere in the Los Angeles area. Charley has also produced and directed three award-winning documentary films, all of which are included in this course curriculum!

To learn more about Charley, click here.

Registration now open!

Sliding Fee Structure 

Tuition for these courses—along with donations—is how we fund the creation and sustenance of this website and community it aims to facilitate. While our courses provide APA Approved Alliant CEs, we’re most interested in developing Re-Authoring Teaching into a generative community that grows and sustains Narrative Therapy and each other for years to come. Our new tiered pricing structure—subsidized, regular sustaining, and patron—reflects our best efforts to realize that dream. Re-Authoring Teaching Members receive a 10 % discount. Please select the highest rate you are able to pay:

  • Sustaining (Regular) Rate will help us recover costs to produce this course and sustain our website: $110 USD
  • Sustaining Re-Authoring Teaching (RT) Member 10 % Discount: $99 USD
  • Subsidized Rate is a reduced fee for those of us facing financial barriers that interfere with paying the regular fee: $99 USD
  • Subsidized RT Member Rate 10 % Discount: $89 USD
  • Patron is for anyone who can afford additional financial support to help support our community and resources: $225 USD
  • Patron RT Member 10% Discount: $202 USD
  • Donation is for anyone who can afford to contribute to our Nonprofit Organization including the development of future courses, resources and community building
  • 8 Alliant CE credits for $25

Please contact us if you would like a rate for a group of four or more, higher education, or due to current circumstances, you require a further reduced fee.

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Earning Continuing Education?

Psychologists and other mental health professionals can earn 8 APA-approved Continuing Education credits through Alliant International University.! You will need to pay the extra $40 fee. Simply pass the quiz at the end of the course, fill out the Alliant evaluation, and email your confirmation to [email protected]. We will then email you the certificate for 12 CEs.

  • For a list of course objectives, click here.
  • For a description of Alliant International University Continuing Education, click here.
Add CE Credit $40

When you purchase the course

  • You will receive an email with the link to the correct page for beginning the course.
  • Each lesson and topic also has space at the bottom for comments.
  • Contact us if you would like a Study-Buddy – a partner with whom to move through the course.
  • When a group of 6 or more signs up, we can offer a live webinar.
  • Please contact us to inquire about a group rate, a scholarship reduced fee or a live webinar.
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Course Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Articulate an understanding of heterosexism and its marginalizing effects on LGBTQ-identified individuals;
  2. Explore the underlying assumptions and beginning practices of strength-based narrative therapy in nurturing preferred LGBTQ identities;
  3. Demonstrate an ability to reflect on the broader political, psychological and sociological issues impacting many LGBTQ persons through reading, videos, and online quiz.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the inherent assumptions of narrative therapy approaches to psychotherapy.
  5. Develop emerging skills as clinicians engaged in narrative therapy practice with marginalized individuals and families.
  6. Synthesize the assumptions and practices of narrative therapy through a lens of LGBTQ awareness and social justice action.

Watch our Introduction!

Here is a brief introduction by Charley Lang:

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson One: Setting the Stage/Guilding Values

We start by questioning the dominant idea that there are only two genders and that sex should always be congruent with gender, addressing the concept of fluid sexualities and sexual orientations. We identify numerous assumptions that ground us in the work as narrative practitioners, and deconstruct the marginalizing concept of “normal”. The lesson ends with a real-life narrative conversation charting the history of personal empowerment in the face of adversities common to many queer-identified individuals.

Guided by: Charley Lang, with a focus on the works of Mary Heath, Julie Tilsen, and David Nylund 

Lesson Two: A Queer Umbrella for All

This lesson clarifies the use of externalizing language when working with LGBTQ clients, providing a real-life case example of narrative practices in action, addressing a gay man as the expert on his own life. We then venture into a group therapy context, providing numerous examples of narrative questions that help construct empowering experiences of community. We end with an award-winning film that documents remarkable community resourcefulness in the face of devastating challenges and loss.

Guided by: Charley Lang with a focus on the works of Chris Behan and Eric Schiff

Lesson Three: Engaging Fluid Practices

We begin by addressing the challenges of LGBTQ individuals faced with the marginalizing effects of religion, and the ways that many have found to re-connect with a sense of spirituality. Next, we explore the challenges faced by parents and their LGBTQ teens, followed by the award-winning film documenting the first gay & lesbian prom in America. We finish with an exercise engaging the narrative practices of deconstructing heterosexism.

Guided by Charley Lang, with  a focus on the works of Charles Jasper and Susan Saltzburg

Lesson Four: Deconstructing Dominant Discourses

This lesson gives voice to unique experiences of transgender and bisexual individuals, followed by an exercise emphasizing the importance of resourcefulness in the face of sexual identity oppression. We end with an award-winning film, documenting the experiences of gay and lesbian law enforcement officers from across the United States.

Guided by Charley Lang, with a focus on the works of Jesse Green and Kathy Labriola

Lesson Five: Privileging Voices from the Margins

This lesson gives voice to unique experiences of transgender and bisexual individuals, followed by an exercise emphasizing the importance of resourcefulness in the face of sexual identity oppression. We end with an award-winning film, documenting the experiences of gay and lesbian law enforcement officers from across the United States.

Guided by Charley Lang, with a focus on the works of Jesse Green and Kathy Labriola

Lesson Six: Working with Queer Couples

This lesson gives voice to unique experiences of transgender and bisexual individuals, followed by an exercise emphasizing the importance of resourcefulness in the face of sexual identity oppression. We end with an award-winning film, documenting the experiences of gay and lesbian law enforcement officers from across the United States.

Guided by Charley Lang, with a focus on the works of Jesse Green and Kathy Labriola

Lesson Seven: Reflections, Takeaways and CE Credit

This lesson gives voice to unique experiences of transgender and bisexual individuals, followed by an exercise emphasizing the importance of resourcefulness in the face of sexual identity oppression. We end with an award-winning film, documenting the experiences of gay and lesbian law enforcement officers from across the United States.

Guided by Charley Lang, with a focus on the works of Jesse Green and Kathy Labriola
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