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Working with Substance Abuse in LGBTQ Communities

  • Evo Health and Wellness 340 Sunset Ave. Venice, CA, 90291 United States (map)

A Rainbow of Identities

This workshop will support clinicians working with clients in queer communities explore multiple dimensions of identity and development. We will also discuss the deeper effects of oppression and trauma, associated with shame and isolation, as it relates to LGBTQ communities.  

Therapists will strengthen their tools to better navigate the landscape of substance use as well as learn how to become a better resource for clients who struggle under multiple layers of oppression and the dominant paradigm.

Attendees are welcome to bring lunch, discuss additional questions, and join in free case consultation with Koorosh after the workshop. Lunch and case consultation will take place from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize tools to identify at least 5 dimensions of identity.

  • Name 3 oppressions experienced by LGBTQ persons.

  • Conceptualize clients with a multidimensional frame and be able to have at least 1 culturally competent response.

3 CEUs offered

Workshop co-hosted by Educational Narratives Learning Lab & Evo Health and Wellness


8:45 AM - Arrive and get settled
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM- Workshop
10:00 AM to 10:15AM - Break
10:15 AM to 11:15 PM - Workshop
11:15 AM to 11:30 AM - Break
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Workshop
Ends: 12:30

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Optional free case consultation

Presented by Dr. Mary Andres and Koorosh Rassekh, MA (MFT)

Dr. Mary Andres is a Professor of Clinical Education and co-lead of the Marriage and Family Therapy masters Program at the USC Rossier School of Education. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been a certified drug and alcohol counselor who also maintains a private practice in Venice. Her areas of specialization have been in the treatment of substance abuse, working with couples and groups, sexuality and the treatment of sexual dysfunction, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered concerns, and clinical supervision. 

Her research interests include experiential modes of learning and best practices in training and the development of therapists.   She volunteers as an external supervisor for doctoral candidates at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

Dr. Andres has also been a staff member for Semester at Sea and the American Pavilion Student Internship Program at the Cannes film festival. She has been on the USC Lambda Board and is a past Co-President. She is a current steering committee member for the Los Angeles County MFT Consortium.


Koorosh Rassekh knows addiction because he’s lived it. He also has extensive experience as a therapist, with a focus in both addiction treatment and mindfulness.

At the Matrix Institute on Addictions, Koorosh specialized in working with young adults dealing with drugs, alcohol, and addiction issues. As Director of Mindfulness at Alternatives Behavioral Health, he helped develop a program to support clients to successfully adopt their desired lifestyle, whether abstinence or moderation. Koorosh holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from USC.

Koorosh has a love for biking, surfing, meditation, and yoga. He has a four-year-old son who also keeps him in shape.

Evo Health and Wellness - 340 Sunset Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90291