FOUNDER, CONTEMPORARY RELATIONSHIPS CONFERENCE
2013 – present
Created and organized this national conference on LGBTQ dating, relationships, and parenting, held each year in downtown Austin, Texas. LGBTQ people and mental health professionals from cities nationwide attended the first two conferences in 2014, an 2015. The third annual event is schedule for May 13-14, 2016. www.contemporaryrelationships.com.
1995 - present
Licensed professional counselor providing individual, group, and relationship psychotherapy. Teach couples and parenting workshops.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOULFORCE
2005 - 2009
Responsible for the daily operations of this LGBT rights non-profit organization. Doubled the budget in two years and expanded programming across the country and into Eastern Europe.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR, WATERLOO COUNSELING CENTER, AUSTIN, TEXAS
1995 - 2000
Clinical supervision of more than twenty professionals within this community mental health center in Austin, Texas.
UNIT DIRECTOR, SAN MARCOS TREATMENT CENTER, SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
Supervised counseling and nursing staff of a twenty-four bed residential program for youth and young adults. Trained staff in positive reinforcement, solution-focused and cognitive-behavioral approaches.
ST. DAVIDS HOSPITAL, PROGRAM DIRECTOR, AUSTIN, TEXAS
Directed the intensive outpatient eating disorders program and the 35-bed inpatient psychiatric unit. Supervised a large clinical team and the delivery of mental health services. Developed program budgets, served as the primary contact for psychiatrists and professionals in the Austin community, developed and implemented utilization review (UR) and total quality improvement processes.
FAMILY THERAPIST, ST. DAVID’S HOSPITAL, AUSTIN, TEXAS
1988 - 1989
Provided individual, group, and family counseling to those suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Taught weekly classes on family systems and communication.
American Sign Language
Council on Contemporary Families
International Association of Relationship Research
2010 - present
2010 - present
Eastern Kentucky University, Master’s Degree, Clinical Psychology - 1987
University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - 1985
Professional Counselor - State of Texas - # 09690
Finnerty, P., Kocet, M, & Lutes, J. (2017). General Guidelines for Counseling the LGBTQI+ Population. In Filmore, J., Ginicola, M., & Smith, C., (Eds). Counseling for Gender, Affectional Orientation and Identity Issues: Developing Multicultural Competence with the LGBTQI+ Population, American Counseling Association
Lutes, J., & McDonough, M. (2012). Helping Individuals and Families Recover from Sexual Orientation Change Efforts & Heterosexism. In Bigner, J. & Wetchler, J., (Eds). Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Routledge.
Lutes, J. (2011). Okin the Panda Bear Finds His Family (illustrated by Hiroko Sakai), Austin, Texas: Creative House Kids Press.
Lutes, J. (2007) What the Science Says - and Doesn't Say - About Homosexuality. Lynchburg, VA: Soulforce, Inc.
Lutes, J. (2005) A False Focus on My Family. Lynchburg, VA: Soulforce, Inc.
Select Blog Posts at Bilerico.com
The Ring of Resilience
Thoughts on Aging with Dignity as an LGBTQ Person
Dad, I Dub Thee
Top 10 Reasons To Celebrate Being Single
3 Tips for Taking Advantage of the Problems In Your Relationship
The Gratitude Condition
Do You Really Believe You Are Lovable?
Orphan Reunion: Two Kids from China Meet in Texas After a Decade
Why Real Intimacy Starts From Within
The Day My Family Nearly Parachuted From a Commercial Airplane
Working Collaboratively with LGBTQ Couples and Families, American Family Therapy Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 3, 2017
Q Marriage Mentors: LGBTQ Couples Passing It On, Contemporary Relationships Conference, Houston, Texas, May 3, 2017
Are Public Displays of Affection Queer?: Reflections on Intimate Expression in the Post-Marriage Equality Era, Contemporary Relationships Conference, Austin, Texas, May 14, 2016
Queering Connection: Working Collaboratively With LGBT Persons and Relationships, Keynote Address, MetroHealth Pastoral Care Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 22, 2015
Choose to Love: Deconstructing Heterosexism and Embracing Self, Others, and Community, Keynote Address, 2nd Annual Contemporary Relationships Conference, May 16, 2015
Connecting Between Love & Lust: The Essential Traits of Vibrant LGBT Relationships, Contemporary Relationships Conference, Austin, Texas, May 17, 2014
Intimacy, Attachment, & Sex: Research-based Tips for Love Relationships, Recurring Workshop, Austin, Texas, February 9, June 8, and October 12, 2013
Responding Ethically to Sexual Orientation Change Efforts and Heterosexism, Texas Psychological Association Annual Convention, Houston, Texas, November 3, 2012, with Marsha McDonough, Ph.D.
Sexual Orientation Change Efforts: History, Harm, & Heterosexism, American Counseling Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 26, 2011
Trailblazers & Pioneers: New Ideas on LGBT Relationships, MCC Austin Educational Series, Austin, Texas, February 14, 2010
Passionate Pairs: What Science Tells Us About LGBT Relationships, recurring workshop, Austin, Texas, March 21, and November 7, 2009
Ethics and Conversion Therapy: From Hierarchy to Inquiry, AAMFT 66th Annual Conference,
Memphis, Tennessee, November 2, 2008, with Marsha McDonough, Ph.D.
Passionate Pairs: What Science Tells Us About LGBT Relationships, recurring workshop presented twice annually, Austin, Texas, 1998 - 2005
Lutes, J. (2005) Dear Dr. Dobson: An Open Letter Video to Focus on the Family. Lynchburg, VA: Soulforce, Inc.