When seeking care, nothing is scarier to transgender individuals than a provider who’s poorly informed about the issues facing their community. From discrimination and harassment to mental health issues and the process of transitioning, having a clinician who’s informed and affirmative can make a huge difference in ensuring transgender individuals get the help they need, ultimately decreasing the risk of suicide in this population. Through firsthand accounts coupled with clinical information, this recording will explore how you can be an affirmative provider. You’ll discover:
- Areas of common clinical concern and treatment when working with transgender individuals
- How gender dysphoria is commonly experienced
- The medical, social, and psychological aspects of transitioning all therapists should be aware of
- The critical aspects of incorporating trans-affirmative care into your practice
Noah S. Garcia, MA, LPC-S, NCC, is a licensed professional counselor supervisor and owner of NextQuest Counseling in Austin, TX. He is a clinical consultant on LGBTQIA+ issues, particularly those facing the transgender community. He runs the weekly therapy podcast NextQuest Podcast.
Financial: Noah Garcia maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium and product royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Noah Garcia has no relevant non-financial relationships.
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- Assess the factors that can impact the mental health and treatment of individuals who are transgender.
- Evaluate the impact of gender dysphoria and its potential causes.
- Assess the medical, social, and psychological aspects of transitioning as it may relate to client experience.
- Integrate trans-affirmative care into your practice.
List several factors that can impact mental health and treatment when working with individuals who are transgender.
- Coming out and beginning to transition
- Discrimination and harassment
- Pronouns and names
- Common clinical concerns
Explain gender dysphoria and how this is commonly experienced.
- What is gender dysphoria?
- Examples of triggers that may cause dysphoria
Describe the medical, social, and psychological aspects of transitioning as it may relate to client experience.
- Medical aspects of transitioning
- Social aspects of transitioning
- Psychological aspects of transitioning
Describe how to incorporate trans-affirmative care into your practice.
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- Social Workers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Addiction Counselors
- Case Managers
- Other Mental Health Professionals