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					  October 26, 2009
                               ELEMENT
  Volume 1, Issue 1            Mental Health Services Newsletter

 Special Interest
 Articles:


 • Coming out
                              Agency News           by William Weber-Brown
   month.
                              Welcome to Element        Element Mental Health      to find a healthy
 • Resources                  Mental Health             Services provides a        solution to the issues
                                                        variety of services        they face in their lives.
 • Does It Matter             Services’ first
                                                        to individuals, couples,
   Poem                       newsletter.                                          Sessions with Element’s
                                                        and families with          mental health therapist
 * Community                  Element Mental Health     quality clinical and       and chemical
   Calendar                   Services opened its       group mental health and    dependency counselor
                              doors on July 11, 2009.   support services.          are by appointment
                              Element’s mission is to   Each service we offer      only. Our hours are
                              support, connect and      can provide a vital        days, evenings and
                              educate the               element towards an         weekends. Our goal is
                              LGBTTTIQQA and            individuals’ wellbeing.    to set up an appointment
                              other diverse                                        within the first 48 hours
                              populations in            Element offers a safe
   Element Highlights:                                                             after initial contact.
                              Minnesota.                environment for clients
Agency Update             1
                                                                                   (cont. p. 3)
Meet your providers       2

Agency Update (cont.)     3

Coming Out Month          4

Coming Out Month (cont)   5

Does It Matter Poem       5

Resources                 6

New Recovery Group        6

Community Calendar        7

Upcoming Events           8
                            ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter                          Page 2 of 8
                             Meet our Mental Health Provider
                                              Troy R Weber-Brown, MS, LAMFT

                           Troy enjoys working with individuals, couples and families of all ages. Troy has been
                           working as a family based therapist for the past 2 years doing in–home therapy for a
                           diverse population of clients. Troy has enjoyed the challenges and successes of working
                           with his clients and has found that this experience has enriched his abilities. Troy has
                           found the time to branch out into various other areas of therapy such as working with
                           Relatives As Parents and their families, the LGBTTTIQQA population, school groups,
                           and involvement in numerous organizations and professional affiliations within the
                           therapeutic community.

                            Troy has additional experience teaching for the Stearns Benton Employment and
                           Training Council, publishing professional articles for the Caregiver Chronicle, working as
                           an Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS) worker and writing grants.
                           Troy has also presented numerous workshops at conferences throughout the state of
                           Minnesota.
“Whether you think that
        you can,           Troy is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota.
   or that you can't,
                           Troy currently receives supervision from Victoria Knight, MS, LMFT, a Minnesota
 You are usually right.
                           Board Approved Supervisor, and Jennifer Connor, PhD, LMFT, a Minnesota Board
      Henry Ford           Approved and American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved
                           Supervisor. Troy obtained his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
                           from Saint Cloud State University. Troy has additional experience teaching for the
                           Stearns Benton Employment and Training Council, publishing professional articles for
                           the Caregiver Chronicle, working as an Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services
      Henry Ford           (ARMHS) worker and writing grants. Troy has also presented numerous workshops at
                           conferences throughout the state of Minnesota.
                      .”
                           Meet our Chemical Dependency Provider
                                          William Weber-Brown BS, BCC, LADC
                               Troy is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of
                           Minnesota. Troy currently receives supervision from Victoria Knight, MS,
                           William has been working in Approved Supervisor, Treatment Center as a primary
                           LMFT, a Minnesota Board a Chemical Dependency and Jennifer Connor, PhD,
                           counselorMinnesota Board Approved and facilitating several aftercare Marriage and
                           LMFT, a for the past 2 years and is currently American Association of
                           Family William Approved Supervisor. Troy relapse groups and primary
                           groups. Therapyis also experienced in facilitatingobtained his Master of Science
                           degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Cloud State University.
                           groups. William uses the 12-Step program and has experience using the MRT program.
                           William is a strong supporter of the AA system and sponsorship to help facilitate a long,
                           clean and sober recovery for his clients. William is involved in Chemical Dependency
                           education on various topics such as boundaries in relationships, changing behaviors,
                           shame and guilt in recovery and relapse triggers and cravings.

                            William is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), license #302691 by the
                           Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. William is also a Board Certified
                           Counselor (BCC) by the Minnesota Certification Board and has his Bachelor of Science
                           (BS) in Sociology from Northern State University in South Dakota and a Graduate
                           Certificate in Chemical Dependency from Saint Cloud State University. William is
                           currently studying for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
                           (MFT) at Saint Cloud State University.
 Page 3 of 8         ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter


 Agency News (continued from p. 1)
Element also offers a       now prepared to offer drug We also encourage
free 30 minute session to   and alcohol assessments     anyone that might have
help individuals            and evaluations.            an article of interest to
determine if our services                               submit it via email to
fit your health and         Element has purchased       Element for publication
financial needs.            several flags and is proud in the monthly
                                                                                     The greatest thing you’ll
                            to be able to fly them      newsletter.                    ever learn is just to
Element has recently        outside of our office (see                                        love;
added a new                 picture of Element’s office Element’s newsletter
Presentations page to       on page 1).                 will sent out monthly. If    and be loved in return.
our website. We will                                    you are on our emailing
update this page when       Our mental health           list, you will receive it.           Eden Ahbez
Element staff is            therapist is involved in    If you know others that
scheduled to present at a   Safe Space training for     would like to receive
conference, workshop or     both students and           this newsletter, please
event. Please check our     professionals. He has       pass it on. If you would
website often to see        several trainings set up to like to be put on our
what is new and might       provide education over the mailing list, go to our
be of interest to you.      months of October and       website and sign up.
                            November. If you know
Check out our resource      of any organizations        If you would rather not
page when browsing          which would benefit from receive our monthly
through the website.        such an educational         newsletter, please email
We are constantly           experience, please contact us and let us know.
adding new supportive       Troy through the website,
resources. If anyone in     email or by phone.
the community has
suggestions about a         Element also provides the
resource that might be      opportunity for clients to
added to our Resources,     contact our therapist and
please fill out the         counselor through the
contact form with as        internet by email or chat
much pertinent              via Skype. We recognize
information as possible     that because of some
and how to contact you      issues with feeling safe
if more information is      and comfortable about
needed. We are always       entering into therapy, we
looking for valuable        offer sessions online.
resources to pass on to     Please see our website for
our clients.                more information about
                            how to access this service
Our chemical                and our policy towards
dependency counselor is     this type of service.
                              ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter                     Page 4 of 8

National Coming Out Month
By Troy R Weber-Brown

Here we are at the end     the “coming out”             Stress from the school      constant and intense
of another National        process is for               setting has been linked     stigmatization and
Coming Out Month.          LGBTTTIQQA                   to elevated reports of      learning to accept a
What a wonderful           individuals is to            isolation, school           stigmatized identity. No
opportunity to celebrate   incorporate the accepted     dropout, health issues      small feat.
the greatness of being     sexual/gender identity       (including alcohol and
lesbian, gay, bisexual,    as one element of their      drug use), depression       Remember, the “coming
transgender,               personality into the         symptoms, and attempts      out” process is a highly
transsexual, two-spirit,   personality as a whole.      to commit suicide in        individualized way that
intersex, queer,                                        LGBTQA teens. Many          LGBTTTIQQA
questioning, and ally      Past research has shown      teens may conceal the       individuals transform a
(LGBTTTIQQA)               that the mean age of         fact that they are          negative identity into a
individuals, couples,      “coming out” is 27.          LGBTQA to try to            positive one. In the
and families. As a         However, research also       avoid stigmatization.       interest of helping
culture, we have           reports that more teens      LGBTQA teens may            LGBTQA teens, allow
struggled with             are coming out at            not have the emotional      them the space and
accepting ourselves and    younger ages. Lesbian,       or physical stamina it      experiences they so
in gaining others          gay, bisexual,               takes to navigate the       desperately need to learn.
acceptance of us. Now,     transgender,                 “coming out” process        Validate and encourage
after working at           questioning, and ally        because they are            LGBTQA teen’s
integrating our            (LGBTQA) teens               focusing on self-           experiences at their own
sexual/gender identity     experience a great deal      preservation.               stage. Ask your teens
and sexual orientation,    of distress related to the                               teachers, school
we get the chance to       stigma attached to           LGBTQA teens may            counselors, and principle
celebrate our efforts      sexual/gender identity       find that the pressure to   whether they have a
individually and within    and sexual orientation at    celebrate with us is        policy on respect in
our culture.               earlier ages within the      more stress producing       regards to diversity of
Congratulations! You       school setting. GLSEN        than stress relieving.      sexual/gender identity
deserve it.                identifies that the          “Coming out” means          and sexual orientation.
                           common stressors for         that those who              Support your schools
“Coming out” refers to     LGBTQA teens in the          stigmatize LGBTQA           GSA presentations,
the process by which       school setting are           teens will now have a       meetings, or activities.
LGBTTTIQQA                 violence, which              target for their homo-      As LGBTQA teens have
individuals move from      includes bullying, and       negativity. LGBTQA          supportive efforts to
identity confusion to      homo-negative attitudes      teens’ “coming out”         focus on, the focus on
tolerance and then to      of peers and adults.         goals are two-fold –        peer and adult
acceptance. The goal of                                 coping with often           stigmatization will
                                                                                    diminish.

                                                                                         (cont. on P. 5)
Page 5 of 8          ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter

National Coming Out Month (cont. from p. 4)
Celebrate because you      References                   bisexual individuals.
have earned that right.                                 Journal of LGBT Youth,
One day, our teens will    Frost, D. M. & Bastone,      5(1), 27-36.
choose to celebrate        L. M. (2008). The role
LGBTTTIQQA                 of stigma concealment        www.glsen.org
culture’s right to self-   in retrospective high
acceptance with us.        school experiences of
Congratulations. You       gay, lesbian, and
deserve it.

                                            Does It Matter?
                                           My father asked if I am gay.
                                            I asked, “Does it matter?”
                                            He said, “No, not really.”
                                                   I said, “Yes.”
                                           He said, “Get out of my life.”
                                                I guess it mattered.

                                            My boss asked if I am gay
                                             I asked, “Does it matter?”
                                              He said, “No not really.”
                                                  I told him, “Yes.”
                                           He said, “You’re fired faggot.”
                                                 I guess it mattered.

                                            My friend asked if I am gay
                                             I asked, “Does it matter?”
                                              He said, “No not really.”
                                                  I told him, “Yes.”
                                        He said, “Don’t call me your friend.”
                                                 I guess it mattered.

                                       My lover asked, “Do you love me?”
                                             I asked, “Does it matter?”
                                                  He said, “Yes.”
                                    He said, “Let me hold you in my arms.”
                                 For the first time in my life, something matters.

                                   My God asked me, “Do you love yourself?”
                                             I asked, “Does it matter?”
                                                  He said, “YES!”
                                   I said, “How can I love myself? I am gay.”
                                      He said, “That is that way I made you.”
                                          Nothing will ever matter again.

                                                 Written by
                                        An Anonymous high school student
                                   ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter                     Page 6 of 8
 Resource for LGBTTTIQQA Families
 By Troy Weber-Brown
According to the PFLAG       straight forward?       LGBTTTIQQA families
website, an estimated 6                              who have conceived a
                          Narelle Wickham writes
million to 14 million                                child by sexual inter-
                          a straightforward book
children have a lesbian or                           course, donor
                          for children 2 – 12 years
gay parent. Many                                     insemination (DI), In
                          old. First published in
LGBTTTIQQA would-be                                  Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
                          1992, Where Did I Really
parents face barriers in                             and Gamete Intra
                          Come From? was a
some states when they try                            Fallopian Transfer a
                          pioneering book.
to adopt. In trying to                               simple, non-judgmental
                          Revised in 2008, it is
avoid those barriers,                                explanation of
                          even more relevant today.
many LGBTTTIQQA                                      conception, pregnancy,
individuals, couples, and Since intercourse is no birth, surrogacy, and
families have turned to   longer the only way        adoption.
other methods of          babies are made,
                                                     LGBTTTIQQA families
conceiving children.      LGBTTTIQQA families
                                                     and children are validated
                          need a resource to help
                                                     and have their
This leads us to the age- facilitate discussion with
                                                     experiences normalized.
old question: “Where did their children when they                                         Where Did I Really Come
                                                     Children will learn ways                       From?
I come from?” The book ask about the birds and
                                                     to communicate about                    By Narelle Wickham
Where Did I Really Come the bees… or the birds                                            Illustrated by Ingrid Urh
                                                     their families that evokes
From? helps               and the birds… or the
                                                     less stress and healthier
LGBTTTIQQA families bees and the bees.
                                                     social interactions.
answer this very question Anyway, I digress.
in an open and honest      This book gives
way. Did I mention

 New LGBT Group for Individuals in Recovery
 By William Weber-Brown

Our chemical                 can feel comfortable with      The first meeting of this    Mind, Body and Spirit,
dependency counselor         their sexual identity and in   group will be on             has donated the space for
has been involved in         building a sober support       Saturday, November 14,       this meeting to take place.
working with several         network in this area.          2009 at 6:30 pm.
individuals in recovery                                                                  You do not have to be
to create a self-help        For more information, and      This meeting will be an      from the St. Cloud area to
group in the St. Cloud       the location of the meeting,   organizational meeting       attend. Give Cassidy a
area similar to AA/NA,       contact Cassidy at 320-        about how to go forward      call and help yourself and
which will be specific to    217-1941.                      and what the group           others in recovery!
the LGBT population.                                        structure will be for the
                          Anyone interested in              future. It is important to
This group will be a safe coming or helping out,            get as many individuals to
environment where         please call and talk to           attend. Please pass the
individuals in recovery Cassidy before the                  word to others who would
                          meeting.                          be interested.
     Page 7 of 8     ELEMENT Mental Health Services Newsletter

Community Calendar of Events                          October 2009
              26                27                28                 29                 30                       31
25                              8:30 to 2:30                                                               9 til 2
              7:00 PM - PFLAG                                                           6 pm til ?
              Meeting           Social Justice                                                             GAB Halloween
                                                                                        Wright County GLBT
                                Conference with                                         Halloween party    Dance @ Red
                                Youth@ SCSU                                                                Carpet
                                Atwood Hall
                                                                                        6 to 7:30 pm
                                                                                        Mind Over Mood
                                                                                        Group

                                                                                        Pride Night at PJ’s DJ
                                                                                        Nate




                                                                November 2009
  Sunday           Monday           Tuesday       Wednesday              Thursday             Friday                 Saturday
1    Nov      2                 3                 4                  5                  6                        7
              7:00 PM - PFLAG                                         12 to 2 pm Safe    6 to 7:30 pm             12:30 to 2:30
              Meeting                                                Space Training @   Mind Over Mood           MAMFT Students
                                                                     CMMHC in           Group                    on Saturday @
                                                                     Monticello                                  SCSU

                                                                     6:00 PM - 8:00 PM                           7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
                                                                     OUTside the Lines Pride Night at PJ’s       Unsilenced. GLBT
                                                                     LGBTQA Teen       Karaoke
                                                                                                                 and Jewish Voices
                                                                     Support Group                               of the Holocaust

8             9                 10                11                 12                 13                       14
              7:00 PM - PFLAG                                         7pm St Cloud       8 to 4:30               6:30
              Meeting                                                Pride Monthly      MAMFT Fall               Recovery Group @
                                                                     Meeting @ PJ’s     Conference in            Mind Body & Spirit
                                                                                        Minneapolis
                                                                     6 to 9                                      9 til 2
                                                                     MAMFT Fall         6 to 7:30 pm             St Cloud Pride Dance
                                                                     Conference in      Mind Over Mood           at PJ”s
                                                                     Minneapolis        Group

                                                                                        Pride Night at PJ’s DJ
                                                                                        Nate
15            16                17                18                 19                 20                       21
              7:00 PM - PFLAG                      12 to 2             6:00 PM - 8:00   6 to 7:30 pm              9 til 2
              Meeting                             Safe Space Training PM OUTside the    Mind Over Mood           GAB Dance @ Red
                                                  @ CMMHC in St. Lines LGBTQA           Group                    Carpet
                                                  Cloud               Teen Support
                                                                      Group              Pride Night at PJ’s
                                                                                        Karaoke
22            23                24                25                 26                 27                       28
              7:00 PM - PFLAG                                         Thanksgiving 6 to 7:30 pm
              Meeting                                                              Mind Over Mood
                                                                                   Group

                                                                                        Pride Night at PJ’s DJ
                                                                                        Nate
                                      Element Mental Health Services Upcoming Events
          ELEMENT                     October 27, 2009 - Atwood Memorial Center, St Cloud, MN
  Mental Health Services              8:30 am to 2:30 pm
             th
      227 10 Avenue North             The Teaching Development program in the College of Education (St Cloud State University)
       St. Cloud, MN 56303
                                      and the Center for Service-Learning and Social Change co-sponsor the 10th annual Social
               FAX:
                                      Justice Conference with Youth: Empowering the minds, hearts, and hands of youth on issues of
          (320) 259-0791              social justice. Troy will be facilitating a discussion on discrimination based on sexual
                                      orientation for each of the three breakout sessions.
             E-MAIL:
   elementmentalhealth@e
   lementmentalhealth.vpw              November 5, 2009 - Central MN Mental Health Center, Monticello, MN
          eb.com                      12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

                                       Troy will be co-presenting Safe Space Training with Heidi Aldes, St Cloud State University
                                      LGBT Resource Center Director. This presentation is designed to educate persons who serve
            PHONE:                    the general youth population and build a network of allies who are knowledgeable and
        MENTAL HEALTH                 supportive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.
         (320) 492-4525

            E-MAIL:                    November 7, 2009 - St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN
            tweber-
   brown@elementmentalhealth.
                                      10:30 am to 12:30 pm
          vpweb.com
                                       Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) will host it's Students On
                                      Saturdays discussion for the first time in St Cloud. Troy will be leading the discussion on
                                      LGBTTTIQQA: Practice Considerations. Join other Students, Associates, and Clinicians in
    CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY               Room A226 in the Education Building for this 1 and a half hour discussion followed by a half
        (320) 492-7609                hour post-presentation social opportunity.
            E-MAIL:
           wweber-
   brown@elementmentalhealth.
                                       November 12 and 13, 2009 - The Northland Inn, Minneapolis, MN
          vpweb.com                   12th - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
                                      13th - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

     We are on the Web!                Element Mental Health Services will have a booth at the MAMFT Fall Conference, Navigating
            See us at:                Life's Transitions: Exploring Clinical Approaches, to promote our services and distribute
                                      information. Stop by and visit with our Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Providers.
www.elementmentalhealth.vpweb.com


                                       November 18, 2009 - Central MN Mental Health Center, St Cloud, MN
                                      12:15 pm to 2:00 pm

       For more                        Troy will be co-presenting Safe Space Training with Heidi Aldes, St Cloud State University
                                      LGBT Resource Center Director. This presentation is designed to educate persons who serve
   information and                    the general youth population and build a network of allies who are knowledgeable and
                                      supportive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.
   how to register,
   visit our website                  February 17, 18 and 19, 2010 - Best Western Kelly Inn, St Cloud, MN
    and select the                    17th - 8:00 am to 4:30pm
                                      18th - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  Presentation page                   19th - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

 from the selections                  Troy will present two workshops at the Minnesota Family Based Service Association's
                                      (MFBSA) 28th annual conference, "Plant a Seed": Cultivate. Nourish. Grow. Sustain.
      on the left.                    Workshops titles are: The Ethics of Electronic Counseling and LGBTQA Youth.

Anyone wishing to have activities added to our monthly calendar or wish to contribute to our newsletter, please submit an email
to elementmentalhealth@elementmentalhealth.vpweb.com and we will gladly review them for the next month’s newsletter which
is published on the last Monday of the month. The deadline for any submissions is the 15 th of the month.

				
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