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The Psychotherapist Association for
Gender & Sexual Diversity

2018 Annual Members Meeting & CE Program

  • April 29, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • UCSF Alliance Health Project, 1930 Market Street, San Francisco


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Please make sure to join us for our 2018 Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 29th at the UCSF Alliance Health Project, 1930 Market St. in San Francisco (Market & Guerrero, close to the Church St. MUNI Station). 

The meeting will consist of two parts.  Our member mixer and business meeting, from 10:00am-1:00pm (including lunch), followed by a CE program from 1:00-3:00pm ("Considerations for Gottman Method Couples Counseling With Same-Sex Couples").  

At our Annual Meeting, we discuss our financial and organizational status, review the past year and look toward Gaylesta's future, and elect our new Board. This is also a great opportunity to meet and mingle with colleagues while being able to share your thoughts about Gaylesta's future. 

The CE program will review some of the instructors' recent research on the efficacy of the Gottman Model with same-sex couples, thereby providing insights which may further your own couples work. They will describe couple dynamics illuminated by the Gottman Model, discuss similarities and differences between heterosexual and same-sex couples, and share important considerations when using the Gottman Method with same-sex couples. These considerations will help you add to your knowledge base, reframe some clinical scenarios with couples, and strategize potential interventions when couples appear “stuck” in an repetitive, unproductive interactional loop. For more information on this program, go here.  And to help guide the program, please take a moment to fill out a brief questionnaire here.

Salvatore (Sam) Garanzini, LMFT, is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Gay Couples Institute, based in San Francisco, CA. Salvatore is also an adjunct professor in the University of San Francisco Counseling Psychology Department. Alapaki Yee, LMFT is also a Cofounder of the Gay Couples Institute. Both are Certified Gottman Couples Therapists. Sam and his husband Alapaki opened the Gay Couples Institute in 2007, and to-date GCI has served over 2000 couples. In addition, they supervise clinical staff performing couples therapy at the Institute’s San Francisco, San Diego, and New York locations. In collaboration with Dr. John Gottman and his team, they have just published the first empirical outcome study demonstrating the effectiveness of the Gottman Method on same-sex couples.