This workshop will introduce trans-centered care as an active model of practicing towards a world that centers justice and healing. Trans-centered care challenges therapists to shift foundational perspectives of gender that are rooted in mainstream Western culture to create a clinical experience for trans and gender non-conforming people(TGNC) that centers and lifts their own experiences and realities. Participants will be asked to practice personal reflection and curiosity regarding their own gendered experience and gender identity. We will also discuss use of self as a therapeutic tool and take a deep dive into cissexism both as a concept and an action. Knowing and understanding your own gender story provides an essential tool to identifying counter-transference when working with TGNC clients. Cissexism is an often unexamined part of each of our gender stories for both TGNC and cisgender social workers. Cissexism refers to the cultural belief that cisgender identities are normal and TGNC identities are other. It’s a belief woven into the fabric of our culture and shows up in our clinical spaces. Seeing and identifying cissexism allows social workers to create spaces and services that are truly trans-centered and affirming. This workshop is for clinicians of all gender identities and centers trans voices and experiences.
- Participants will be able to define trans-centered care, cissexism, and cissexual privilege.
- Participants will be able to name two ways that cissexism has shown up in their own practice.
- Participants will be able to name three resources to support them in providing trans-centered care.
Constantinides (he/him) has a private therapy practice in Philadelphia, PA on colonized land of the Lenape people. He is a white, queer, able-bodied, trans man from a mixed working-class and middle-class background. In his private practice Dr. Constantinides provides individual and relationship therapy, supervision and consultation. He works from a trans-centered, anti-racist, and relational lens and is always excited to support trans and nonbinary identified clinicians and sex therapists. He is co-author of Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support, a text that applies a social justice approach to sex therapy. Dr. Constantinides can be contacted through his website, www.drdamonc.com or at email@example.com.