Trans Atlantic Training provides mental health professionals with the tools and knowledge to work confidently with the LGBTQ+ community.
Jennifer and Michelle both have a focus in their practice on care for the transgender community. Training often incorporates information on the emotional, social, and physical transition that this group of individuals goes through, and the means and resources to help them do so.
Learn how to help your clients navigate the coming out process, social transitioning, and fitting in in their new world. Help them navigate the physical process in Ontario with knowledge of HRT, surgery, and more.
LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces
The other main focus of the training sessions is on making your practice a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn about terminology, social issues affecting the community, and how you can be an effective and active ally.
Skill and tools such as creating your intake forms, interacting with new clients, and navigating your client notes in a way that is inviting and inclusive for all.
Our training focuses on arming you with skills and tools that you may not have, combined with the knowledge and expertise you already possess as a mental health professional.
We know that you’ve got the training and the knowledge to work with the LGBTQ+ community, so we’re committed to helping you unlock that knowledge and combine it with the tools we provide you.
Combine your training and modality of choice with the knowledge of our trainers to begin working with the LGBTQ+ community!
Training Courses Offered
Introduction to Working with Trans Patients
We are all becoming more aware that gender diversity is not limited to a binary definition of male and female. Gender is much more complicated. In our current culture there is more and more fluidity around gender and yet at the same time we are being faced with increasing prejudice and fear. Working with young people is important, but can be challenging as well as rewarding. Do you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about working with clients who identify as gender non-conforming?
The programme will combine theory and experiential learning. It will include some background to clinical thinking and how treatment in the 1960s evolved into current treatment pathways. We will help you become familiar with terminology, an understanding of what your client’s may be experiencing from the perspective of people who are assigned male or female at birth, but who do not identify with those assigned genders as well as individuals who have a non-binary or non-conforming gender identity. Most importantly, we aim to illustrate how you can work with, and support them.
The relationship between sex and gender is often confused and we will explore the differences as well as the intersectionality between sex and gender. In order to give you the space to feel safe in exploring these issues, we will provide case studies for you to work with in small groups or triads so that you leave feeling more confident in your ability to work with this demographic.
Working with Suicidal and Self-Harming Youth
Length: 1/2 Day
This workshop focuses on working with any and all youth who may be self-harming or suicidal. There are a lot of misconceptions about self-harm in youth, including the methods and reasons behind it. In this workshop you will learn about some of the reasons and methods behind self-harm in youth, how to approach this sensitive topic, and interventions that can be effective for treating self-harming behaviours.
We will discuss suicidality in youth and the staggering statistics behind marginalized and non-marginalized youth suicidal ideation. You will learn various approaches to working with suicidal youth to get the best outcomes possible.
Depathologizing the Trans Community
Length: 1/2 day
The transgender community has historically been pathologized by the healthcare system, and continues to be to this day. We will review the history of the pathologizing of the transgender community, what has changed, and where we stand today in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
You will learn about appropriate diagnoses, comorbidity of diagnoses, and the history of trans identities across different cultures. You will learn how to work with the transgender community in a way that depathologizes and validates their experiences, and offer a safe space for the trans community.
Challenging Your Unconscious Bias: Identifying, Accepting, and Challenging your Bias to Improve your Practice
Length: 1/2 Day
Everyone experiences unconscious biases in a variety of different ways. This workshop will help you better identify, accept, and challenge those biases to improve your practice and overall cultural sensitivity. You will learn ways that you can reduce your bias on an everyday basis while also creating separation between your biases and your actions.
We will focus on the LGBT, Indigenous, and POC communities, and will include education on the history and marginalization of these communities in Canada.
Avoiding Performative Allyship: How to Ensure your Business is Accepting, Inviting, and Safe for the LGBTQ+ Community
Length: 1/2 to full day
This workshop focuses on how to be a good ally both in personal and business aspects, including how to make small changes in your business that will make a big difference We also discuss performative allyship, the dangers of performative allyship and how they can be avoided.
You will learn about the 5 pillars of effective allyship and how to implement each one into personal and business practices. Learn how to create a truly safe space for the LGBTQ+ community and ensure your space remains that way.