Queer and geek identities share an unfortunate commonality - that of an other among their community. Their arcs of presence in the U.S. are more and more mainstream, becoming vital in the conversation about what it is to be a geek and how being queer has anything to do with it. The goal of this training is to develop cultural competency surrounding the geek community, online and live social dynamics, and social identity theory relating to them. If you’d like to understand how these forms of identity intersect, exist, and belong in the realm of mental health, please join us for a training led by Dr. Sarah Sawyer on the topic. She is an out clinician, and a pioneering expert in geek psychology - specializing in identity and the LGBTQIA+ population.
Sarah A.H. Sawyer, PsyD, is a licensed mental health counselor, associate clinician, and post-doctoral fellow at Sound Psychopathology and Assessment in Seattle, Washington. She specializes in integration of geek culture in the therapeutic setting, working with adults and youth, and the application of favored fictional anthologies as a therapeutic technique via role-modeling and analogous experience discussion. She has authored a clinical article for iThrive Organization, spoken on multiple academic panels, and is a moderator for Take This, a nonprofit whose mission is to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry.
Queerness in Geek Spaces – LGBTQIA+ Intersectionality with Geek Passions
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