This seminar satisfies the cultural competence requirement for Connecticut social work licensure.
Location: Hartford Public Library (Room 026), 500 Main St, Hartford, CT
In this first of 2 seminars, Irwin Krieger, author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents and Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide, will guide you through the process of providing mental health services for transgender teens and adults. At the start of the day you will learn about a range of transgender identities, including non-binary identities, and the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation. We will discuss the transition steps that transgender people may take. Next, Mr. Krieger will present the components of a comprehensive evaluation of gender identity. We will look at the interactions between various mental health conditions and the challenges that transgender people face.
The focus of treatment is to help the individual gain a clear understanding of their gender identity. This is a necessary precursor to consideration of any medical interventions for gender transition. The afternoon will be dedicated to learning about the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care and the process of writing a referral letter for hormone treatment or surgery. At the end of the day, we will look at challenges seminar participants have experienced with their transgender clients.
This seminar is intended for clinicians who are new to transgender care as well as those with some knowledge and experience who want to provide more comprehensive treatment. Clinicians who treat transgender adolescents and young adults are recommended to also register for Family Therapy with Transgender Youth on TBD.
After completing this seminar, participants will:
- have an understanding of transgender identities
- be prepared to provide a comprehensive gender identity evaluation
- understand how mental health conditions interact with the challenges trans people face
- know more about medical interventions and the WPATH Standards of Care
- be able to write a letter for a client who is ready for medical intervention