Antioch University offers groundbreaking LGBTQ-psychology program

Antioch University LGBTQ Counseling

The Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center, at Antioch University in Culver City, offers free and unlimited LGBTQ affirmative counseling and psychotherapy services to youth under 25, their partners, and families.

The Counseling Center will host its Autumn Soiree Wednesday at 7 p.m. at EB Florals Perfumery and Gallery.

Tickets are suggested donation of $150 each. RSVP here.

Antioch, a private, liberal arts university, is unique in that it has the nation’s first — and possibly only — graduate level, LGBTQ-affirming clinical psychology specialization.

Doug Sadownick launched the program in 2006 and was founding director until last year when he stepped down and transitioned to professor.

“Our working hypothesis is that LGBT people are born that way, with their own psychology, their own framework, their own needs,” Sadownick told the New York Times in 2016 . “That maybe there is something in the makeup of gay and lesbian and bi and trans people that is unique to them, that is psychologically gay, psychologically bi, that is psychologically trans and queer. That is not going to be understood through any lens but that lens.”

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Sadownick founded the Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center, five years later, in 2011.

Colors therapists are Antioch graduate-level psychology students enrolled in the LGBTQ specialization program. They garner their hours by counseling Colors’ clients.

Phillip Zonkel can be reached at [email protected] or 562-294-5996.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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