The dominant narrative of gender transition is that transition has to equal suffering. This workshop applies current research in facilitative coping mechanisms to individuals in the process of transitioning their gender in order to help our clients transition with more ease. By learning practical skills for helping clients make decisions about how to express their gender to the world, we will begin the conversation about how to change the narrative of transition into a process of self-actualization, curiosity, and discovery. We will address pleasure equity, personal and collective pride, and explore practical therapeutic skills for guiding transgender/non-binary clients through the transition journey.
- Participants will describe two skills to facilitate effective coping skills for transgender/gender non-conforming clients in transition
- Participants will be able to discuss up-to-date language about gender and sexual diversity
- Participants will discuss their own bias and privilege about gender and sexual diversity and how it might impact their therapy work
- Participants will be able to describe spectrums of gender and sexual orientation diversity
- Participants will apply skills to support gender diverse clients in making decisions and coping with hormones and gender-affirming surgeries
- Participants will be able to assess the inclusiveness of their forms, procedures, atmosphere, and support staff of their practices.
- Participants will discuss the impact of multiple oppressed and intersectional identities on gender and sexually diverse clients
- Participants will apply skills to support their clients in making decisions about coming out
- Participants will be able to describe next steps in learning more about gender and sexually diverse clients