Diverse Populations in Clinical Practice: Part 1
Considerations for Working with LGBTQ+ Populations
Presented by: Mark C. Daniels, Ph.D., Blake Warner, B.S, and Cherise C. Alexander, MA, LMFT.
Mark “Papa D” Daniels, PhD, QMHP, Ho-Chunk, Dine, Nooch (he/him/his)
is a Native American Clinical Psychologist currently working at Sanford Health in Vermillion as an Integrated Health Therapist. Dr. Daniels is a member of the Board of Directors of The TRANSformation Project whose mission is to support and empower transgender youth, young adults, and their families while educating communities in South Dakota and the surrounding region about gender identity and expression.
Dr. Daniels earned his BS degree in Psychology with a Sociology minor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his MA and PhD in Psychology at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He completed his Predoctoral Internship at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center in Sturgis, South Dakota, and the Sioux San Indian Health Service Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota.
He is a former Associate Professor of Psychology and Native American Studies at USD, a former Clinical Psychologist at the Sioux Falls VA, the Sacred Child Treatment Program for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, and the Society of Care for the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and Past President of the Society of Indian Psychologists, the national organization that represents Native American Psychologists.
Cherise C. Alexander, MA, LMFT (she/her/hers)
Clinical Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Cherise C. Alexander, MA, LMFT is a clinical supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for Kimberly Keiser and Associates in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Over the past twelve years, Cherise has been advocating for and serving the LGBTQ2+ community in various capacities. Her initial work with the community started in 2011 when she worked as victims of crime advocate for a year and a half at the Rainbow Center, a drop-in center for the LGBTQ2+ community located in Tacoma, Washington.
She earned her BA in sociology and MA in marriage and family therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She has been a therapeutic group facilitator for LGBTQ2+ teens, the first on-site therapist at the Rainbow Center, served on the Safe Schools Coalition board (Seattle, Washington), established a private practice that predominantly served the LGBTQ2+ community, and provided cultural competency training to organizations at various points over the past twelve years. She also completed a year-long LGBTQ2+ leadership program, Out in Front, located in Seattle, Washington.
In July of 2020, Cherise and her wife moved back to South Dakota, after a 20 year hiatus from Midwest living, to work as the clinical supervisor and therapist for Kimberly Keiser and Associates in Sioux Falls, SD.
She is passionate about social justice and equity which drives many of her personal and professional choices. She is currently starting the University of Michigan’s Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education certification program this month and is projected to become AASECT certified in the next two years. Additionally, she is working on completing her WPATH Global Education Initiative certification which she is projected to complete by 2022.
Kimberly Keiser and Associates www.kimberlykeiser.com
Blake Warner, B.S. (he/him/his)
University of South Dakota
Clinical Psychology Trainee
South Dakota Psychological Association Student Representative
Advocacy Coordinating Team/ALLY Mentor
in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of South Dakota.
As part of the LGBTQ+ community, Blake has been passionate about advocacy for years, being a self-proclaimed “Social Justice Warrior.” He works with numerous causes in the Psychology program and community, advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. Blake’s research interests include sexual violence in marginalized communities. He is currently researching sexual violence among individuals with disabilities in South Dakota and hopes to use his research to advocate for and facilitate change in South Dakota. . He currently serves as the ALLY mentor in the Clinical Psychology Program at USD and as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities leadership trainee at the South Dakota Center for Disabilities.
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Diverse Populations in Clinical Practice: Part 2