Charis Circle is now hosting a free Q/T Youth Board Game meetup at Charis Books and More! Join us to play table-top board games and have some casual social time from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. This is a free event that begins at 4:00 pm & is supported by licensed therapists, intentionally oriented to provide a safe and affirming destination for teens 12-17 years old who identify as trans, non-binary, gender-queer, or questioning. Masks will be required; games will start at 4:00, so come on time and leave when you like; there will be a common shared outdoor snack break around 5:00 pm. Charis is a drug, alcohol, and smoke-free space. Mark your calendars for this event, as it will continue at Charis every 2nd & 4th Monday of the month hosted by licensed therapists Ryan Patrick, LCSW, Mick Rehrig, LCSW & Tristin Chipman, LCSW. If teens or parents/guardians have questions, please email Tristin at tristin@collaborativetherapySE.com.
Tristin Chipman is a clinical social worker with an independent practice called Collaborative Therapy Southeast in Decatur, GA, where she specializes in relational practices and community building; complex trauma and PTSD; youth and young adult mental health; and sexuality and gender identity. Prior to her career as a clinical social worker, Tristin worked 20 years in project management and non-profit leadership.
Ryan Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Sociology and his Master of Social Work from Kennesaw State University. Throughout his time on campus, Patrick became passionate as a student leader about creating affirming spaces for LGBTQ students and working with LGBTQ youth. His experience includes working in nonprofit administration at Atlanta area nonprofits serving individuals experiencing homelessness. He assisted in the development of Atlanta’s first Youth Host Home Program focused on housing LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. He has also worked in youth empowerment initiatives such as Girls Rock Camp ATL, a local nonprofit, and summer camp where he served as the camp director for two years. Most recently, Patrick’s efforts have included working as a therapist with LGBTQ youth and young adults. His research interests center LGBTQ, transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive communities as well as substance abuse, trauma, intimate partner violence, resiliency, and community building
Mick Rehrig is a clinical social worker who has specialized in affirming and supporting the LGBQIA+ community and transgender/non-binary/exploring youth, adults, and their families and partners for 14 years. He also provides guidance for white folks who are wanting to navigate privilege and oppression, as well as supervision & training to clinicians newer to working with gender-expansive people. He provides play therapy and family support for transgender and gender-expansive children of all ages.