Introduction to Working with Trans Patients

Length of Workshop:2 daysContinuing Education Credits:12
Delivery Method:VirtualDemographic:Mental Health
Note that all workshops have room for customization


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 program 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.

Key Learnings


Learn key terms used throughout the LGBTQ+ community in order to remain professional and respectful. Review of terms related to sexuality, gender, and pronouns.


Learn about the history of the LGBTQ+ community, trans identities, and the pathologizing of the LGBTQ+ community. Inform your practice and your relationship with your clients by understanding the rich history of the community.

The Transition Process

Become an expert in helping your patients navigate the transition process – both medically and emotionally. Learn the nuances of the exploration, coming out, social, and medical transition processes to support your patients from beginning to end.

Case Application

Spend time working through real case studies with your peers to gain a better understanding of how to support patients in the LGBTQ+ community.

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