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Why You'll Love This Course

Instructor and family therapist James Guay is friendly, approachable -- and a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. He understands the wide range of knowledge and experience that therapists may have as they approach the topic, and addresses issues of language and treatment clearly and openly, without judgment.

Course Description

Fundamentals of Therapy with LGBTQ Clients aims to give practical guidance for providing a welcoming and affirmative psychotherapy experience to clients who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Topics include validating language, systems of oppression, and addressing the unique needs of this population.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive).

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between being LGBTQ friendly versus LGBTQ informed

  • Differentiate between sex, gender and sexual orientation

  • Define essential LGBTQ terminology, including a recognition of how language is self-determined and changes over time

  • Recognize at least three effects of societal oppression, including how this can intersect with various identities

  • Identify at least three characteristics of LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapy

Course Outline


James Guay, MS, LMFT

James Guay has used various platforms to promote greater compassion and advocacy for human rights. He’s Co-Chaired on the #BornPerfect Advisory Committee for the National Center for Lesbian Rights — providing expert testimony against the use of conversion therapy at California’s State Capital. He’s taught classes & workshops related to LGBTQ topics at Esalen Institute, JFK University and UC Berkeley’s School of Law. James has also served on the Board of Directors for: - Gaylesta (The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity) - CAMFT (The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) - AAMFT-CA (The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, California Division) James is a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#39252) in private practice since 1999. He has a Master of Science in Counseling from San Francisco State University with specializations in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling and Gerontology.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 70 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 4: Counseling Services

Instructional Level:


Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and substance abuse counselors.

Enrollment Period: 

90 Days

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: February 12, 2019 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFRs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course has been approved by SimplePractice, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 Hour CE. NAADAC Provider #186410. SimplePractice is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Click here to view our complete CE approval information.