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Every once in a while, you get an opportunity that blows your mind. I was at the American Counseling Association Conference, watching the documentary My Child. This film is about parents of GLBT individuals in Turkey.
Here’s a great interview with Can about the film.
Here are some resources mentioned in the podcast or really helpful to counselors.
PFLAG Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and societal acceptance of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy. PFLAG now has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states.
My counseling podcast interview with the Human Rights Campaign about social injustice and GLBTQ rights.
See My Child play in New York or a city near you. Here’s the schedule.
Counseling and Business Podcast Music
Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC
Joe Sanok is a private practice business consultant and counselor that helps small businesses and counselors in private practice. He helps owners with website design, vision, growth, and using their time to create income.
Joe was frustrated with his lack of business and marketing skills when he left graduate school. Over the past few years he has grown his skills, income, and ability to lead others, while still maintaining an active private practice in Traverse City, MI.
To link to Joe’s Google+ .
Photos by Robert S. Donovan (I love his work!)
Joe, sometimes I find that mental health professionals want to advocate for the clients and the greater good of their communities but they don’t know how. That’s what you just did when you carved out time in you schedule and space on your blog to talk about the marginalization of individuals in Turkey who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
What I know is that those who are disempowered can make as much noise protesting as they want; however, until those with power decide to share their power – by carving out time in their schedules and space on their blogs – to give voice to those issues, nothing of significance changes.
Thank you for carving out time and space today to give voice to families that look like mine. You are modeling counselor advocacy at it’s best.