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Words Can Hurt:
Staying Competent in LGBTQIAPG+ Terminology

Join us for our upcoming webinar on August 30, 2019 at 12:00-2:00 EST

Is it sexual or affectional orientation? What is asexual, pansexual, genderqueer? What does the G stand for? When working with LGBTQIAPG+ people, the terminology is not only expansive, it has changed quickly, leaving many counselors and other mental health professionals unsure of appropriate terms and their meanings. Using outdated, stigmatized terms can cause harm to clients/students, the therapeutic relationship, and the client's view of counseling. This interactive webinar educates both new and seasoned professionals on the most updated terms, as well as problematic terms to avoid. 2 NBCC CE’s Available.

Speaker: Dr. Misty M. Ginicola
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Dr. Misty Ginicola is a Professor in the CACREP-accredited clinical mental health program at Southern Connecticut State University and currently the President of ALGBTIC. She also is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a private practice called Walk in Balance Counseling. Dr. Ginicola's primary research and teaching interests are in multicultural techniques in counseling. Dr. Ginicola specializes in research and clinical practice with LGBTQI+ clients, and teaching multicultural competence. She has published a book on the topic with American Counseling Association, called Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People. Her most recent large-scale research study was on the identity development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Questioning individuals in the presence or under the influence of religion or spirituality.


  1. Participants will be able to describe the reasons that it is important to use appropriate and updated terminology for LGBTQIAPG+ people, in terms of the impact that it has on clients, the therapeutic relationship, and the reflection of counseling as a field.
  2. Participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the reasons that terms change, sometimes rapidly in any marginalized population, and applied specifically to LGBTQI+ people.
  3. Participants will be able to define over 30 of the most commonly used LGBTQIAPG+ terms, and will be able to identify over 10 of the terms that should no longer be utilized to describe members of Queer & Trans communities.