Report from the Arkansas Psychological Association (ArPA) Fall Conference: Resources on Gender Identity and Non-Conforming Individuals

October 13, 2017

Pat Griffen, PhD

“Gender Identity” was one of the featured workshops for the 2017 ArPA Fall Conference. The workshop was designed to provide a comprehensive overview of gender identity for psychologists and mental health professionals to obtain information and resources to provide services for this community.

Educational Objectives and Overview


  • Dani Archie, PhD, counseling psychologist and outpatient therapist for Counseling Associates, Morrilton. Board member of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, researcher, educator and advocate for the transgender community in Arkansas.
  • Michael Lauro, JD, founder and practitioner at Lauro Law, PLLC. Focus of practice- estate planning, family formation issues affecting same-sex and transgender couples and their children, and gender transition assistance for transgender individuals.
  • The Reverend Gwen Fry, ordained Episcopal priest, Diocese of Arkansas, trans woman of faith, actively involved in the work of justice in the transgender community. Active both locally and nationally with transgender concerns and issues. Provides training in Arkansas and nationally for faculty and staff in schools, churches, and community organizations
  • Jon Mourot, PhD, licensed psychologist, gender specialist with sex therapy certification. Provides services to transgender clients ages 3 and older. Founder of Pridecorps: LGBT Youth Center. Co-owner of Boswell Mourot Fine Art Galleries in Little Rock & Miami.
  • Patricia L. Griffen, PhD, clinical psychologist, CEO of Clinical Psychology Services, Inc. Private practitioner who provides services to the LGBT community, social justice advocate, former ArPA President and current member of the ArPA Diversity Committee and Professional Development Committee.

The panelists provided resources to ArPA members for working with the LGBT communities in Arkansas. ArPA also is supported by the American Psychological Association (APA) with the LGBT Initiative.

LGBTQ Resources and Their Missions

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of ArkansasDedicated to promoting, defending and expanding civil liberties in Arkansas. These liberties include free speech, religious freedom, racial and ethnic justice, due process, privacy, LGBT rights, and reproductive freedom.
  • Arkansas Coalition for Peace & Justice (ACPJ)- Association of individuals and organizations who support a vision of harmony with the earth and all people through education, dialogue and action, focusing on three areas: peace and non-violence, social justice, and ecology.
  • Arkansas Crisis CenterRestore hope, empower people and save lives through suicide awareness and crisis intervention services for those experiencing crises in Arkansas.
  • Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC)- Provides medical, social, and community resources for transgender and gender non-conforming Arkansas through a statewide trans-led organization.
  • Arkansas Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)- Empowering women to act politically.
  • Bowen Lambda (UALR Bowen School of Law)- Mission includes promoting diversity, raising awareness of legal issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, and maintaining an open atmosphere of respect, equality and justice for all.
  • Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR)- A 501(c)(3)-sponsored statewide organization that strives for fairness and equality for ALL Arkansans
  • GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)- A dynamic media force that tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) (Kendra Johnson)- The largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
  • Interfaith Worker Justice (Joyce Hardy, A leader in the fight for economic and worker justice in the United States since 1996. We organize, educate, and Advocate.
  • Integrity (Rev. Gwen Fry)- Nonprofit advocacy organization of LBGT Episcopalians and straight friends. Founded in 1974, it is the leading grassroots voice for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the Episcopal Church.
  • Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA)- Works to advance diversity in the community and establish a place where every person is valued, every voice is heard, and everyone has a fair chance to succeed.
  • LGBTQ Strong Family Alliance
  • Lucie’s Place (Penelope Poppers)- A dream in response to the nightmare that is many young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) peoples’ lives. The board of Lucie’s Place is working to open a long-term transitional shelter in the Central Arkansas area, which will be open specifically to LGBTQ identified young adults.
  • National Resource Center on LGBT AgingThe country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.
  • PFLAGPromotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families, and friends through support, education, and advocacy.
  • Point Foundation– Empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
  • Pridecorps (Jon Mourot, PhD, Tippi McCulloughe, MSE, co-chairs)- A support group for LGBT youth ages 13-20. Offers opportunities to network with peers, educators, religious leaders, health care providers and other community leaders. A safe place to make friends and have fun. Social support group.
  • PRISM (University of Central Arkansas)
  • The Alliance (UALR)- A UALR organization for straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students to come together in an accepting, open environment designed to discuss topics related to both the gay and straight communities. We promote the acceptance of all minorities on campus and work to fight discrimination by educating others on issues challenging the gay community.
  • Trans Lifeline (877-565-8860)- A non-profit dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. It is run by a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Primarily for transgender people facing a crisis.
  • TranscendlegalAn out of state group, focused on transgender health care.
  • Unity (Hendrix College)- Faculty Advisor, Tonya Hall; Chaplain, JJ Whitney

Welcoming and Affirming Communities of Faith

  • The Open Door Community Church
  • Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church (Rev. Carissa Rodgers)
  • First Presbyterian, Downtown Little Rock
  • Second Presbyterian, West Little Rock
  • First Presbyterian, Argenta District, North Little Rock
  • New Millennium Church, Little Rock
  • Theressa Hoover United Methodist Church
  • Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church
  • Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
  • Pulaski Heights Christian Church
  • Parkview Christ Church – Disciples of Christ
  • Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
  • San Damiano Ecumenical Catholic Communion
  • Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
  • Winfield United Methodist Church
  • Christ Episcopal Church – Central Arkansas Integrity (Rev. Gwen Fry)
  • New Beginnings