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Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities with assessment and letter writing training

March 3, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm CST

Presented by The Office of Continuing Education and the Marriage and Familiy department at TCSPP

Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities with assessment and letter writing training

Presented by Van Ethan Levy, M.A., LMFT, LPCC

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022

11:00AM-2:15PM PDT / 1:00PM-4:15PM CST / 2:00PM-5:15PM EST

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 3.0 CEs for Psychologists, and 3.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access provided upon registration.

Space is limited to 250 participants for this event.

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Workshop Description:

Gender is a societal construct that is problematic and has negative emotional, physical and/or psychological impact on people, especially those who fall outside of what is constructed as “normal.” Clients who are trans/nonbinary/gender nonconforming, etc. particularly clients of color and more specifically Black trans folx, are overly misdiagnosed with mental health issues due to the lack of cultural competency and cultural humility. In this training, we will deconstruct gender constructs through a trauma informed lens, while learning how to identify and eradicate our own internalized biases, in order to create safer spaces for clients who identify within and/or are exploring their trans identity.

This workshop provides mental health professionals with tools on how to assess and write a letter for trans/non binary/non-conforming and/or many more non cis clients for surgery/hormones/name change/gender marker change and more in one session.  Participants will also learn trauma informed ways to engage with the trans/non binary/non conforming/ and many more identities. Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of knowledge and accessible tools to assess and write a letter for clients so that the client can gain access to affirming care.



Workshop Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory level workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess clients and be able to write a gender affirming letter after a single session.
  2. Define internalized/externalized transphobia and describe 3 ways in which they manifest.
  3. Describe 3 ways in which a clinician can create a space that is more affirming to trans clients.


Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.


Workshop Schedule (Shown in CST):

1:00 pm – Event Begins

– 15 minute break –

4:15 pm – Event Ends


Registration and Fees:

General Admission (no CE/CEU certificate): Free

General Admission (with CE/CEU/participation certificate): $60

TCSPP Faculty / Staff / Students (with CE/CEU/participation certificate): Free*

*Must register with valid TCSPP email address.

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.



Adler, Richard K. (2018). Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/ Gender Diverse Client (A Comprehensive Clinical Guide) 3rd Edition

Chang, Sand C., Singh, A.A. & dickey, l.m. (2018). A Clinician’s Guide to Gender-Affirming Care: Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients

Working with Transgender and Gender Expansive Clients: A Foundational Guide for Therapists by Dr. Traci W. Lowenthal Transgender Research in the 21st Century: A Selective Critical Review From A Neurocognitive Perspective by Sven C. Mueller, Ph D., Griet De Cuypere, M.D., Ph.D., Guy T’Sjoen, M.D. (https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.17060626?journalCode=ajp)

“Just Getting Out of Bed is a Revolutionary Act”: The Resilience of Transgender People of Color Who Have Survived Traumatic Life Events by Anneliese A. Singh, Vel S. McKleroy https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1534765610369261

Potentially Traumatic Events in a Transgender Sample: Frequency and Associated Symptoms by Jillian C. Shipherd, Shira Maguen, W. Christopher Skidmore, more https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1534765610395614

Levy, Van. Ethan.  (2020, August 10). Exploring my Identities.Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/EXPLORING-IDENTITY-IES-Ethan-Levy/dp/B08F6QNVLK/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1597070141&sr=8-1

Levy, Van. Ethan.  (2020, July 17). They/them pronouns.Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v1EcQgdi6s

Levy, Van. Ethan.  (2020, July 14). What is internalized transphobia and where does it come from?.Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfRnxHtDYt8&t=20s

Levy, Van. Ethan.  (2020, July 14). International non binary day and the importance 2020.Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah2X7ud2HaA&t=4s

Levy, Van. Ethan.  (2020, May 2). Intro to Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities.Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUR9ECJYTBk&t=2s

Levy, Van. Ethan.  (2020, April 18). Deconstructing Gender.Retrieved from https://antioch.zoom.us/rec/play/tZUof7r9rzM3HdHBswSDAfQtW43ofPis2iVMrPdeykq0UCMFNlegMLQaN-p4ryDPXy0VuV86OPrDsoSy?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=Qk5LYDI6TfGGYUnvekTP9g.1587760015645.07dc5947572e10c06654300a47010af3&_x_zm_rhtaid=223


Continuing Education:

Target Audience: Healthcare and Mental healthcare professionals, hypnosis practitioners, University faculty and students. Members the TCSPP community.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Danielle Bohrer at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


March 3, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:15 pm CST