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Introduction to Counselling LGBTQI+ Refugees

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Introduction to Counselling LGBTQI+ Refugees

Describe the most effective counselling practices for refugees and torture survivors who are LGBTQI+. Take part in a reflective discussion about clinical work with LGBTQI+ refugees with Mego Nerses.

This webinar will also offer opportunities to become familiar with the experiences of LGBTQI+ refugees in Canada including coming out processes. Also a review of therapeutic and clinical issues will be presented, and participants will recognize ethical and professional practices.

Attendees will receive 1 CEC from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a certificate of attendance.

For further information, please contact Mego Nerses:

Mego Nerses MEd, RP

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About MEGO NERSES

I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist. I have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+. I do not work with minors.

In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). The focus of my clinical training is on sexuality, sex therapy, and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been teaching at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor. I teach courses in mental health and addiction.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish in peer-reviewed articles and contributed chapters concerning counselling, coming out, and trauma specifically related to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to present nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.

In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at www.mnelearning.ca

Professional expertiseThrough the years, I have gained expertise in the field of mental health of refugees. I also have had trainings in trauma/PTSD therapy, relationship (Poly. Kink), sexuality, and sex therapy. I have participated in numerous training opportunities related to sex therapy, sexuality, gender identity, and trauma. I have also received training in conducting mental health assessments for refugees in the context of immigration courts through Division 56, Trauma Psychology, and Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.I am LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive therapist.Therapeutic approachesIn addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and Rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.

AwardsIn recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.

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