The Healing Power of Belonging: Working with Trans and Gender Diverse Clients

Presented by Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, CADC-II, Director of LGBTQ+ Programming: Visions Adolescent Treatment Center

September 16, 2022

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.

Event held online via Zoom.

Workshop Description:

More people are feeling safer coming out as transgender than ever before. We are seeing more transgender clients in treatment than ever. So what do we do? When a client informs us they would like to transition or are in the midst of transitioning when they come to treatment, we may freeze. We may not know what to do and we may need help. This session is geared toward cisgender clinicians who may be working with transgender clients or will be working with transgender clients in the future (which is everyone). 

We need to create a space for understanding and safety within our walls of our facilities for trans and gender diverse individuals. This workshop will help clinicians grasp terms, ideas, and situations that trans & non-binary youth are experiencing today. Participants will be able to assess their own practices as it relates to transgender youth and be able to take with them an overarching understanding of the coming out process. Discussions will include policy & paperwork, talking to parents, creating safety within the group process, and how to effectively be an ally to trans and non-binary youth. 

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe of the basics of gender identity. 
  1. Explain the elements of disclosure. 
  1. Create affirming spaces for trans young people. 

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education STANDARD 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach.

This program meets APA’s continuing education GOAL 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

References:

Baker, W. B. (2018). Sexual and gender identities in transgender men: Fluid and binary perspectives. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 22(3), 280–301. https://doi.org/10.1080/19359705.2018.1458677 

Erickson-Schroth, L. (2022). Trans bodies, Trans Selves is a resource by and for transgender communities. Oxford University Press. 

Fielding, L. (2021). Trans sex: Clinical approaches to trans sexualities and erotic embodiments. Routledge. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Target Audience: Therapists, coaches, frontline staff.

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 OfficeofCE@thechicagoschool.edu. 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.

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.