Individuals identifying as bisexual or sexually fluid are vulnerable to receiving three messages from society at large: There’s no such thing as bisexuality; You are a confused person who has not yet figured things out; and Bisexual people use their sexuality in deviant or manipulative ways. All of these messages carry oppressive cognitions about the self and sense of being in the world that can be explored and discussed as trauma issues. In this session, the concept of oppressive cognitions as traumatic experiences is discussed and ways in which uniformed treatment professionals feed into these shaming cognitions are evaluated. The session also presents a basic plan for addressing oppressive cognitions as part of trauma-focused addiction care.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Define bisexuality using several well-accepted definitions in the LGBT literature.
Discuss the concept of oppressive cognitions as a trauma issue and explain how such cognitions can complicate recovery for bisexual clients.
Evaluate one’s own personal biases surrounding bisexuality and working with bisexual clients.