Now available for purchase
Fr. Paul D. Sullins, PhD.
Faltering Certainties: Born That Way, Minority
Stress and the Healthy Homosexual (RE100)
Sheri L. Golden, PhD., LPC
Digital Media and Social Isolation: Negative
Influences on Gender Ideology and Sexual
Development for Adolescent Population in
the U.S. (NT200)
Bryan Shen, MMSAC Reg. Counselor
Reaching people with same-sex attractions
in conservative religious communities. (CL210)
Dr. Sullins recently retired as Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. A leader in the field of research on same-sex parenting and its implications for child development. He has written four books and over 100 journal articles, research reports, and essays on issues of family, faith, and culture and continues as Research Professor and Director of the Leo Initiative for Social Research at Catholic University, as well as Director of the Summer Institute of Catholic Social Thought. He is a Fellow of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), and was Ignatius Loyola Fellow for Catholic Identity at the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education. Formerly Episcopalian, Dr. Sullins is a married Catholic priest. He earned his PhD. at Catholic University and taught there until his retirement. He and his wife Patricia have an inter-racial family of three children, two adopted.
Sheri Golden holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and an MS in Human Services and Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Human Sexuality, from Capella University. Dr. Golden practices as a licensed professional counselor at Steeple Counseling LLC, and is the Director of Counselor Education, at The Steeple Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Dr. Golden currently serves as a member of the Alliance Research Committee.
Bryan Shen is a professional counselor and supervisor registered in Singapore. He is also an independent lay missionary since 1997. He speaks, teaches and counsels in Thai or English. Besides counselling Singaporeans, he has done much counselling work with seminarians in religious training houses in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines and also provides training to professional counselors in these countries. Bryan continues to update himself through detailed case studies, professional conferences and training with leading therapists and professionals in the US, Asia and Europe, and is also a Board Member of the International Federation for Therapeutic and Counselling Choice.
Educational and Clinical Workshop: Julie Hamilton, PhD.
Family Therapy and Childhood Gender Confusion (NT300)
Clinical Workshop: David Pickup, LMFT -
Solutions to the ‘Roadblocks' that Clients Experience in Therapy (CL300)
Medical Workshop: Keith Vennum, M.D. -
Managing Psychiatric Conditions in SAFE-T (ME400)
Research Workshop: Christopher Rosik, PhD. -
Research Designs, Limitations and Questionable Practices:
A primer with 4options research update (RE200)
Medical Workshop: Anthony Duk, M.D. -
Psychiatric Research Correlates Seen in Sexual Minority Clients (ME200)
Educational and Clinical Workshop: Bryan Shen, MMSAC, Registered Counselor
Educating Counselors, Families and Communities on the factors contributing to Same Sex Attractions and Gender Dysphoria. (CL100)
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The 2021 Alliance Institute:
Call for Workshop Presentations for 2021
The Alliance for Therapeutic Choice holds an annual training institute in the fall of each year where licensed counselors, therapists, academics and other para-professionals can participate in a professional training program - open to all conference attendees -that leads to an Alliance Preferred Provider status for referral therapists and a similar recognition for students, new professionals, and non-referral clinicians. The faculty for the professional training program are selected by the Board of Directors from established Alliance member therapists, physicians, academics and researchers.
In addition, we invite all Alliance for Therapeutic Choice members to participate as a workshop presenter or discussion leader at the annual Training Institute on clinical, legal, sociological, research, health and other related issues concerning various aspects of human sexuality, addictions, pornography, homosexuality, etc.
To apply to be a 2021 Training Institute presenter (May, 31, 2021 deadline):
1. You must be an Alliance Partner member in good standing.
2. Provide a proposed workshop topic, an outline of the workshop content, and the proposed learning format (lecture, video presentation, panel discussion, etc.) along with any audio visual needs.
3. Include a brief professional biography and personal photo.
4. Describe briefly the learning objectives (what would someone learn, understand or gain) for those who attend.
Alliance 2020 Virtual Training Institute Report
This year the Alliance Training Institute was offered virtually due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Although it was disappointing not to be able to meet in person, the rapid learning the Board had to undertake regarding how to provide an institute over the Internet will have many benefits going forward in disseminating Alliance materials and reaching people around the world. In fact, this year’s conference had registrants watching from Hong Kong, Singapore, the Phillipines, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The 2020 conference was a combination of live and pre-recorded presentations.
Live sessions were held the evenings of Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25. Our Thursday live keynote speaker was Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., who is a recently retired Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America. Dr. Sullins spoke reviewed research that brings into question a strictly “born that way” view of same-sex sexuality and minority stress theory as a dominant explanation for sexual orientation health disparities. He also shared his reanalysis of data from a recent study purporting to show harm from change-allowing therapies. His examination controlled for pre-therapy levels of distress and, in doing so, turned the findings of the study upside down, suggesting instead participants actually benefited from their experience.
Sheri Golden, Ph.D., began our Friday evening live sessions with her talk about the negative impact of digital media and social isolation on the gender and sexual development of adolescents. She described relevant case material and noted how her experiences with these adolescents is mirrored in the recent book by Abigail Shirer, Irreversible Damage. The second live speaker of the night was Bryan Shen, MMSAC, a professional counselor and supervisor registered, who spoke to us from his home in Singapore. He outlined his experiences in working to help both the church and the greater culture in Asia speak compassionately and truthfully to the issues surrounding persons with unwanted same-sex sexuality.
Seven additional workshops were pre-recorded and all presentations were made available to institute registrants for on-demand viewing through December 20, 2020. Pre-recorded workshops were given on topics ranging from childhood gender confusion, medical and psychiatric issues associated with minority sexualities, beneficial clinical practices, and understanding research designs and questionable research practices. The presenting faculty for these workshops were Julie Hamilton, Ph.D., Keith Venuum, M.D., Anthony Duk, M.D., David Pickup, LMFT, Michael Cox, LCSW, Bryan Shen, MMSAC, and Christopher Rosik, Ph.D.
If you missed the institute and wished you could have attended, there is good news! You can still purchase access to all the presentations for the price of $100 for Alliance partners, and $125 for non-partners. As for next year’s Alliance Training Institute, we plan to be meeting in person again on September 24 and 25, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. Save the dates now. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones face-to-face again as we continue to prepare counselors of all varieties to professionally serve persons who wish to pursue sexual attraction fluidity exploration in therapy.