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Ken Howard: Self-Empowerment -- Have the Life You Want

By Robert Breining

October 27, 2011

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Ken Howard, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is the author of the self-help book, Self-Empowerment: Have the Life You Want!: "How to close the gap between how life is, and how you would like it to be, in important areas of life such as mental health, health, career, finances, family, community and spirituality, based on his 18 years as a licensed psychotherapist and life/business coach."

He has over 19 years experience specializing in gay men and gay male couples. He is a 21-year survivor of HIV/AIDS and a 10-year survivor of cancer. He is a psychiatric social worker by training at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work (M.S.W., '94) and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, B.A., '87). He is the former chair of the Los Angeles County HIV Mental Health Task Force, and wrote the mental health column for A&U (Art & Understanding, America's AIDS magazine) for two years. He served on the board of directors for the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California (LAGPA) for four years. He has published many articles on gay men's mental health, HIV mental health and is the author of the new self-help book for a general audience, Self-Empowerment: Have the Life You Want! (2011).

Ken Howard: Self-Empowerment -- Have the Life You Want

He maintains a blog at, and a popular podcast, "Have the Life You Want With Ken Howard, L.C.S.W.," on iTunes, Podcast Alley, and He lives with his husband in West Hollywood, California; where they were part of the 18,000 same-sex couples allowed to marry before the advent of Proposition 8 in November, 2008.

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