Course Description:

Gender and Sexuality:  The Intersection of Treatment & Ethics
This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore more deeply the unique challenges of working with the LGBTQIAPK community in the clinical setting.  Often the difficulties of this community get overlooked, not due to unsensitivity, but to a lack of understanding.  And like other minority populations, these differences sometimes go unexpressed by clients in the heteronormative dominant culture.

Making Sound Ethical Decisions:  A Process Approach
Using results from 2 separate VPA surveys on situations Vermont psychologists report to be challenging, the panel will present a 5-step model for making sound ethical decisions.  Participants will use that model, as well as a self-assessment/self-questioning process, to work in smaller groups to address those challenging situations.


Participants will be able to:

  • Develop an increased understanding of the different issues LGBTQIAPK clients may struggle with, both personally and in the clinical setting.
  • Recognize some internal biases and blind spots that may limit clinical effectiveness.
  • Identify areas of future growth and learning in order to develop better clinical skills.
  • Understand that familiarity with ethics codes, laws and regulations which guide the practice of psychotherapy is necessary but not sufficient in conducting an ethical practice.
  • Have an appreciation for the importance of developing and practicing a decision-making process which informs the practitioner’s responsible ethical decisions.
  • Gain familiarity with the Five Step Decision-Making Process for ethical decision-making.
  • Know where to find alternative ethical decision-making processes suggested in the literature.
  • Understand the importance of self-awareness and self-assessment in enhancing the likelihood of ethical practice. 


Kevin Gallagher, MS, LCMHC, is the co-founder of [], a private practice in Burlington, Vermont.  His practice at [] specializes in adolescents and families and is a sex-positive practice.  Kevin is the past president of the Vermont Counseling Association, past chair of the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health Professions, past treasurer of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, past vice-chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors, past director of the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a former adjunct faculty member at UVM.  Kevin speaks both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from diversity in the workplace to launching young adults from home.

The VPA Ethics Committee:

Richard Finkelstein, Ph.D., is the chairperson of the VPA Ethics Committee.  He is in private practice in Burlington.

Martha Coulter, M.Ed., is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Rutland.  She is also the Wellness Center Director at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont.

Jessica Ley Metcalf, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the director of training for Counseling and Psychiatry Services at the University of Vermont Center for Health and Wellbeing.

Kirke McVay, M.A., LCMHC, is a licensed counselor in Bennington, Vermont.  He is in private practice.

Augustus (“Gus”) Jordan, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and serves as executive director of Health Services and Counseling at Middlebury College.  Gus is published in the area of ethics and professional psychology.

Ken Major, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist-doctorate in practice at the Veterans Administration clinic in Rutland, Vermont.

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

Directions to Capitol Plaza:  Travel I-89 to Exit 8.  At the second light, turn left.  At the next light, turn right onto State Street.  The Capitol Plaza is on your right at 100 State Street.  Complimentary parking permits are issued at the registration table for public & hotel parking behind the hotel.

CE Workshop-November 17, 2017

Conference Schedule

8:30           Registration
9:00           Unique challenges to LGBTQIAPK clinical work & how ethics might come into play
10:30         Break
10:45         Developing a learning plan to expand your growth and clinical excellence
12:00         Lunch
1:00           Introduction to workshop and concept of ethics
1:15           Review results of surveys
1:45           Small group discussion
2:00           Five-step ethical decision-making process
2:30           Break
2:45           Small group discussion
3:45           Wrap up and questions


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Making Sound Ethical Decisions:  A Process Approach

Registration at 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

100 State St.
Montpelier, Vermont


Kevin Gallagher, MS, LCMHC, co-founder of []

The VPA Ethics Committee:

  • Richard Finkelstein, Ph.D., VPA Ethics Committee Chairperson
  • Martha Coulter, M.Ed., Wellness Center Director, Castleton University
  • Jessica Ley Metcalf, Psy.D., Director of Training for Counseling & Psychiatry Services, UVM Center for Health and Wellbeing
  • Kirke McVay, M.A., LCMHC, Mental Health Counselor, Bennington
  • Augustus (“Gus”) Jordan, Ph.D., Executive Director of Health Services and Counseling, Middlebury College.
  • Ken Major, Psy.D., Veterans Administration, Rutland

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals.

Gender & Sexuality--The Intersection of Treatment & Ethics