Bi+ Affirmative Counseling and Mental Health: Introduction to Working with Bisexual, Pansexual, and Sexually Fluid Clients

Price: $75.00

Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ 3 CE credit hours
Instructor: Mimi Hoang, Ph.D.

Alliant International University, Irvine
2855 Michelle Dr #300
Irvine, CA 92606

Registration deadline is February 8, 2019

Bisexual, pansexual, sexually fluid, and other non-monosexual (or “bi+”) people make up the largest subgroup of the LGB population, yet face the greatest health disparities and are the least likely to be out. This presents an important quandary for psychotherapists and counselors and sets an even greater impetus to gain knowledge about bi+ identity development, help clients heal from internalized biphobia and bi erasure, and learn what it takes to be a bi-affirmative clinician.


This class will draw from sexual orientation theory, research, and clinical expertise, as well as the complex cultural history of the bi+ community from around the nation. Issues of sexual identity and intersectionality will be covered, as well as paradigms of power and privilege within an ecological and community psychology, feminist, and LGBT-affirmative models will be examined. The class will utilize PPT lecture, group activity, video, discussion, and case vignettes.

Dr. Mimi Hoang is a nationally recognized psychologist, author, and advocate for the LGBTQ and Asian American communities. Her LGBTQ leadership since 1999 includes co-founding 3 bi+ organizations, multiple publications, invitations to the White House, and being named “One of the Most Significant Women in the Bisexual Movement.” Currently Dr. Mimi works as a Staff Psychologist at Loyola Marymount University and Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University.

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Gain knowledge about current terms and definitions and bi+ identity development stage models and Hoang’s congruence model.
  • Develop ability to identify sociocultural issues of biphobia and bi erasure.
  • Increase awareness of mental health concerns specific to bi+ individuals and learn concrete bi-affirmative interventions using a case vignette..

Syllabus/ Time Outline


Bi 101, Bi+ Identity Development, Biphobia & Bi Erasure, Bi+ Wellness, and Becoming a Bi-Affirmative Clinician


 Break (10 min)


 Movie and Discussion


 Case Vignettes