In addition to any client seeking mental health treatment, transgender clients have unique challenges including mental health distress caused by gender dysphoria, oppressive experiences of rejection and violence in a society unaccepting of them and traumas associated with family rejection and interfacing with healthcare systems. Transgender people therefore have high rates of mental health conditions yet seek care at lower rates due to lack of safety in receiving care. In order to receive certain gender confirming procedures, transgender people often have to seek the expertise and recommendation of a mental health professional. This course will look closely at this intersection through foundational information and case illustration.
- Explain the difference between mental health distressed caused by gender dysphoria and mental health symptoms independent of dysphoria and trans oppression
- Describe how to address all needs for a person including supporting gender transition when indicated in the presence of mental health challenges
Jessie (they/them/theirs), is a Trans-Nonbinary identified clinician who has worked with children, youth, families and adults for over two decades. Trained at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, J. serves as Director of Community-based Clinical Services and Training for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC), Program Consultant/Clinical Supervisor for the SFLGBT Center, Group Consultant/Guest Lecturer for the Palo Alto University, LGBTQI+ Academy, and as a Psychotherapist and Gender Consultant in Private Practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. J. co-authored “Affirming and Inclusive mental health care for transgender and nonbinary young people (Kattari, et. Al, 2020) and “Working with TGNC Primary Caregivers and Family Concerns Across the Lifespan” (Singh and Dickey, 2017). J. provides consultation and training nationally on gender competence including child welfare, schools, institutions and agencies. J. is a founding member of the UCSF, CAGC Mind The Gap group. J. has served on surgery review boards, designed multispecialty clinics and worked with hundreds of children/youth and families in gender affirming care. J. works from a trauma healing, anti-bias, family systems and gender affirming framework and is dedicated to interrupting practices that do not serve all people. Contact: https://www.jessierosecohen.com/