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Course # 61500 • The Bisexual Client: Trauma-Focused Care


There is an increasing interest in the health and human services professionals to better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other gender/sexual minority (LGBT+) individuals. This course highlights the unique needs of bisexual clients or those who otherwise identify in a non-binary way in the realm of sexual identification and expression. Professionals will learn valuable tools and approaches for strengthening their rapport with bisexually identified clients, with an emphasis placed on evaluating one's own biases around sexual identify and expression. The course also presents a basic plan for addressing oppressive cognitions as part of trauma-focused care.

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Education Category: Community Health

Release Date: 05/01/2019

Expiration Date: 04/30/2022


This introductory course is designed for psychologists of any kind who work with clients on a regular basis or who teach/supervise those working with clients who identify as bisexual or non-binary.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide psychologists with the knowledge and resources necessary to improve the care provided to bisexual or sexually fluid individuals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define bisexuality using several well-accepted definitions in the LGBT+ literature.
  2. List and briefly define other identifiers generally described as non-binary that often get discussed alongside bisexuality.
  3. Identify concerns unique to bisexual clients.
  4. Discuss the concept of trauma and oppressive cognitions in LGBT+ clients and explain how such cognitions can complicate recovery for bisexual clients.
  5. Articulate a basic trauma-focused treatment strategy for working with bisexual clients.
  6. Evaluate one's own personal biases surrounding bisexuality and working with bisexual clients.


Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-200, RMT, travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, Ohio. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice. Dr. Marich is the author of several books, including the popular EMDR Made Simple and EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care. Her latest book is Process Not Perfection: Expressive Art Solutions for Trauma Recovery.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-200, RMT, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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