Demystifying the Transgender Experience: Building Competency Among Mental Health Providers

Time: Can be adjusted in length from 2-5 hours. Minimum of 2.5 hours is preferable.

Audience: Mental health providers, counselors, therapists, case managers and others in therapeutic or advocacy roles.

AV equipment: LCD projector, Lavalier microphone if more than 40 participants; flip chart.

Materials are provided to sponsoring organizations to obtain CE accreditation in your local area.

Description of course:

As the visibility and activism of transgender and gender-variant people has grown, providers need to increase their understanding of basic issues related to the transgender experience. Further, counseling centers and individual providers are increasingly seeing transgender patients, but are often unsure about best practices and basic clinical information.

This workshop will provide basic information about transgender issues and present strategies, standards of care, and resources for incorporating appropriate, effective support in the therapeutic or advocate relationship. While still underrepresented in scholarly research, there are standards of care and practice ni place to guide providers who are becoming more exposed to transgender issues.

The presenter is a member of the transgender community as well as a seasoned trainer who has presented on transgender awareness and health topics nationally for the past nine years.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, providers in attendance will:

  1. Understand basic terminology, language and concepts of gender variant experiences including gender transition process and role of mental health provider.
  2. Distinguish between biological sex, gender identity and sexual orientation and ways in which care for transgendered populations specifically differs from care for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual communities.
  3. Identify current therapeutic standards of care and approaches to supporting transgender clients and members of client support system.
  4. Be able to incorporate basic knowledge of transgender issues, concepts, and concerns into their current professional work, including resources for supervision and clinical literature.