" T Comes Before LGB: Clinical Care for Transgender and Gender Queer Clients," with Max Rorty, LCSW

  • April 15, 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Max Rorty, LCSW

"T Comes Before LGB: Clinical Care for Transgender and Gender Queer Clients" 

Many transgender or gender queer people experience life events that would be best processed through supportive therapy. However, finding a supportive therapist can be difficult for people who have a history of difficult interactions with healthcare professionals. This is particularly true of transgender people, who self-report negative experiences with healthcare providers at a much higher rate than their cisgender (non-transgender) peers.

This presentation is designed to support therapists and counselors who are uncertain about how to interact with potential transgender or gender queer clients. The goal of the presentation is to reduce therapist anxiety and increase therapist flexibility by familiarizing care providers with appropriate terminology, demographic collection practices, and techniques for developing rapport with transgender or gender queer clients. The training will begin with an overview of the differences between sex, gender and gender presentation. Terminology will be clarified, including trans man, trans woman, gender queer, gender non-conforming, personal pronoun preference and more. The importance of asking questions and apologizing for misrecognition and mistakes will be discussed, and the presentation will demonstrate how to craft an effective apology that promotes the development of client-therapist rapport.

Learning objectives:

 At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between sex, gender and gender identity and sexual preference.
  • Introduce themselves using their own personal pronoun preference and ask for another person’s pronoun preference.
  • Develop a demographic collection tool that fits their practice goals while respecting trans and queer identity categories.
  • Demonstrate good apology technique.

Max Rorty, LCSW is a case manager at Cottage Rehabilitation 

Hospital  , a commissioner for the City Council and a Disaster Mental Health Responder for the American Red Cross, and a cofounder of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network at sbtan.org. Max speaks to health care providers nationally about Transgender patient care, including Kaiser Permanente, the National Association of Social Workers, the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health care and the Association of Oncology Social Workers.  She is the author of the chapter “Transgender Cancer Patients” in the Handbook of Oncology Social Work at Oxford University Press. Her trainings for institutions, educators and clinicians can be found at  www.maxrorty.com    (http://transequality.org/PDFs/Executive_Summary.pdf page 5)

*A buffet lunch will be provided to all registered guests.

* 1.5 CEUs are available for qualifying participants.

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