Affirming Clinical Practices and Procedures
This training session is designed to help members of the Private Practice Colloquium to have the knowledge and build the skills necessary to offer services that are more affirming for transgender and non-binary clients, especially in regards to writing letters of support. To ensure that participants have accurate, up-to-date, and affirming information about transgender and non-binary people, TTI will provide a 3-hour training that begins with a refresher on the basics of transgender and non-binary identities, including commonly used language and terminology, and the unique experiences transgender and non-binary people have in healthcare settings. After the foundational refresher and discussion around the varied medical and surgical transitions transgender and non-binary people may choose to undergo, the remainder of the session will be focused on supporting clients through those transitions and creating an empowered and client-centered approach to writing clinician letters.
We recognize and appreciate the value of Private Practice Colloquium members that have a wide range of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to transgender and non-binary topics. We also honor that there might be participants who identify as transgender and non-binary or have loved ones who are transgender and non-binary. When working in groups with mixed levels of knowledge and across identities, one of our primary goals is to help ensure that participants with more to learn are at the center of training efforts. This provides an opportunity for these participants to join in the shared understanding of language, knowledge of transgender and non-binary people’s lived experiences, and understanding of areas where critical support is needed. We strive to create learning environments where peer-to-peer learning provides opportunities for participants with more expertise to share their knowledge. In our experience, this intentional building of shared understanding across information gaps often helps support the successful implementation of trans-related work moving forward. This training is designed for participants to have a shared understanding around the basics of transgender and non- binary identities and experiences, and how to be an affirming and supportive provider for whatever steps their clients are considering or intending to take.
These training sessions will be specifically written for the Private Practice Colloquium and designed for virtual implementation on Zoom. The trainings will require all participants to have access to headphones with a microphone, a keyboard, and a webcam, as we do incorporate interactive elements into our trainings.
The overall goals of this training are for participants to:
1. Provide a foundational understanding of the unique clinical needs of transgender and non-binary clients.
2. Increase clinician's comfort with and ability too provide affirming support for transgender and non-binary clients.
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:
● Name three common challenges transgender and non-binary people experience in the healthcare system.
● Identify two clinical and administrative strategies that mental health professionals can implement to better support transgender and non-binary clients.
● Write a client-centered and affirming letter of support for different medical and surgical transitions clients are seeking.
About the Transgender Training Institute:
The Transgender Training Institute (TTI) is a proudly trans-owned business
that provides training and consulting services, facilitated by transgender
and non-binary people, with the goal of contributing to a more just,
equitable and affirming world. We combine our topical expertise & lived
experiences, formal training as educators, intersectional social justice
values, and decades of facilitation experience to provide your participants
with powerful professional development trainings. Our business model
centers on funneling economic resources to transgender and non-binary people. TTI redistributes 55% of our training fees directly to our trainers, 30% to our team members for the work of running TTI, and uses the remaining 15% to cover our operating expenses. For more about The Transgender Training Institute and our values, please visitwww.transgendertraininginstitute.com.
Sean Lare, LCSW-C (he/him):
Sean Lare LCSW-C (he/him) is a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about serving transgender and gender diverse communities. In addition to providing psychotherapy for individuals in the transgender communities, Mr. Lare also works as an educator and advocate in the Baltimore, Washington, DC and surrounding areas to help increase awareness about the unique needs of transgender, non-binary and gender diverse individuals. His educational work has included providing introductory and specialized trainings on: engaging and retaining transgender talent in the workplace, supporting transgender and non-binary students in K-12 and college/university settings, and guidance for providing affirming services for transgender clients in clinical, behavioral health and medical settings. Mr. Lare has been a featured speaker at regional and local conferences, participated in numerous panel discussions and guest lecture presentations in undergraduate- and graduate-level classes, and is a sought-after contributor to community and policy planning efforts to increase services and rights for and to meet the diverse needs of transgender people. The focus of his psychotherapy practice in Columbia, MD is working with children, teens, and adults who are transgender or gender diverse and their families and providing supervision and consultation to other providers. Sean has been a member of the TTI Team since 2018. More information can be found at www.seanlare.com.
We have applied for CEs for all mental health professionals except psychiatrists. We are awaiting the very likely positive response.