Paradigm was proud to be an official co-sponsor of the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association’s Twenty-Second Annual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference. The event was held at the beautiful downtown, Doheny Campus of Mount Saint Mary University and featured presentations of academic research and expertise on issues and concerns for mental health professionals serving members of the LGBTQI community. Participants were afforded an opportunity to participate in a wide range of trainings including but not limited to Gay Divorce, LGBT Trauma and Recovery, Treatment Issues in the Transgender Community and Current Challenges in Meeting the Needs of LGBTQI Communities of Color.
Regarding the event, Paradigm CEO and Co-Founder, Cole Rucker stated, “We are proud to play a small role in LAGPA’s efforts to support those serving the LGBTQI community and welcome any opportunity to be of greater service. We are equally delighted to be associated with other conference sponsors such as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Each of these organizations shares our commitment to strive to better meet the needs of LGBTQI adolescents and their families.”
According to Rucker, It was a special privilege to be involved in this year’s conference because the key note speaker was Lorri L Jean. She serves as CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Los Angeles Magazine named her one of L.A.’s 100 most influential people and one of the ten most inspiring women in Los Angeles. Rucker states “Lori’s involvement elevates any event. She was a mentor to me early in my career and is someone that I greatly admire. She not only got me involved in the Los Angeles business community, she taught me a great deal about how to manage programs and more importantly, how to work with young people. On more than one occasion I witnessed her pause from managing a large, demanding organization, to write a personal check, anonymously, to make sure that a homeless youth had shoes or school supplies. She always did things in a way that would preserve the dignity of those she helped. Much of the good work being done at Paradigm is, in effect, a ripple effect of Lori’s leadership. It was especially exciting to have younger staff members have an opportunity to be exposed to her at the LAGPA conference.”
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