8:30-9 a.m. - Registration and Sign-in
9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker
Topic: GLBT Stages of Identity Development
Many GLBT’s experience feelings of loneliness, isolation and/or many other issues when growing up. As a result, these experiences may affect development of GLBT’s differently than their heterosexual counterparts. Research on the subject is limited, however, there are two models that may give us insight into the developmental stages of GLBT’s. This presentation will explore the significance of the Cass Model of Gay/Lesbian Identity Development and Erikson’s Stages of Development on GLBT’s throughout the lifespan.
Speaker: Bob Decker, PhD, LMHC
- Participants will learn the significance of the 6 Stages of the Cass Model of Gay/Lesbian Identity Development on GLBT’s.
- Participants will learn the significance of Erikson’s Stages of Development on GLBT’s throughout the lifespan.
- Participants will explore how arrested stages of development can impact the development of GLBT’s.
Bob Decker earned a Doctoral Degree from Barry University in Counselor Education, and a Master of Arts Degree in both School and Community Counseling Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Dr. Decker is currently the President/CEO of the Mental Health America of East Central Florida. Dr. Decker is a Florida State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Florida Provider of Continuing Education Units under Chapter 491. He presents nationally at professional conferences and workshops on diverse topics such as medical errors in the mental health profession, ethics in the mental health profession, gay and lesbian teen suicide, the role of expectancy behaviors in the classroom, cultural competence in suicide assessment, crisis response, and other issues dealing with mental health and diversity. Dr. Decker was inducted into Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology, at Rollins College in 1997 and pledged the Kappa Delta Pi, Nu Psi Chapter at Barry University in November 2002. He has received specialized training in Clinical Hypnosis and EMDR. In 1998 Dr. Decker accepted a gubernatorial appointment to the Local Advocacy Committee for District 7and again in 2006 as the District Representative to the Florida Statewide Advocacy Council. Dr. Decker has is currently an adjunct professor at Webster University, Stetson University and Nova Southeastern University. In December 2001, he spent 2 weeks in New York City working with police and fire fighters at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center and was part of the Hurricane Katrina Response in New Orleans in 2006. In 2013, he received the Cheryl Laird Leadership and Achievement Award from the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida.
Dr. Decker is currently a member in good standing of:
· Florida Mental Health Counselors Association
· American Counseling Association (ACA)
· Mental Health Counselors Association of Central Florida (MHCACF)
· National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)