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Courtney Crisp
Courtney Crisp
Soul 2 Soul
Courtney Crisp
Courtney Crisp, M.A., is a fourth-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She is currently completing her doctoral internship at Aurora Behavioral Health inpatient hospital in San Diego, California. Her research and clinical interests include LGBTQ+ affirmative care, intersectionality, severe mental health populations, eating disorder populations, and feminist psychology frameworks. She will begin her postdoctoral residency next fall at Kaiser San Rafael outpatient Eating Disorders treatment program. She is also Adjunct Faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she has taught a Research Methods class for their MFT program. Her writing has appeared in Psych Central’s World of Psychology Blog as well as Thought Catalog. She also writes regularly for Monarch Wellness and Psychotherapy in Washington D.C.


Beyond Tolerance: LGBTQ+ Cultural Competence with Queer Youth in Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
This talk will be based on a qualitative research study and literature review that investigated LGBTQ+ cultural competency in eating disorder treatment centers. In particular, it examined the question of how treatment providers understand and demonstrate cultural competency when working with LGBTQ+ queer youth in eating disorder treatment centers, as well as how treatment can be improved regarding cultural competency with LGBTQ+ queer youth in eating disorder treatment centers. The study consisted of eight semi-structured interviewed that were loosely based on a measure that measures cultural competence with LGBTQ+ populations, the sexual orientation competency scale (SOCCS). Participants were licensed therapists who had worked with an eating disorder population for at least three years. Three themes were found: structural biases and invisibility, clinical biases and microaggressions, and client clinical issues. Within the theme of structural biases and invisibility, the subthemes of lack of training, lack of access to treatment, history of psychology, weight stigma, lack of diversity in field, and asexuality were identified. Within the theme of clinical biases and microaggressions, cisnormative and heteronormative structures, normalization, gender dysphoria, and misgendering were identified. Within the theme of client clinical issues, religion, internalized stigma, family rejection, trauma, and shame were identified. Implications for clinical treatment will be discussed. A clinical vignette will also be included and discussed.