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Digital Seminar

SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH GENDER DIVERSITY - Understanding and effectively responding to clients in health care/support settings.

Dr Elizabeth Anne Riley
One full day
Nov 06, 2020
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This seminar aims to enhance counselling practitioner’s knowledge, sensitivity and awareness for working with transgender people. Some of the topics covered will be; awareness of language when referring to trans people, scales of sex and gender, the current DSM gender dysphoria diagnosis, referral requirements for treatment and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards. Specifically, this training addresses background information, terms & definitions, diagnosis criteria, the prevalence of gender diversity & aspects of assessment.

This training also includes the different approaches required depending on the age of the client and the various treatment options available to each including the necessary referrals where indicated. Through teaching, videos and, individual and group activities participants will explore influences on gender and identity, the challenges trans people face and the impact of society on gender identity development and expression.

Feedback from Elizabeth’s most recent presentation of this training:

“The best PD training I have been on. Informative, great pace and a wealth of experience - you’re an inspiration!”

“Fully documented and informative day bringing to the table a broad and particular discourse on gender diversity.”

“Beautifully organized, expertly presented and accessible.”

“Really looking forward to getting the links to the fabulous resources mentioned. Elizabeth is a superb adult educator and provided a wonderful day of learning!”

“It was a fabulous presentation and Elizabeth was a delight to have as a presenter.”

 “This professional development was excellent! I had been looking for a professional development on Gender for a while and today’s workshop was very informative. I now have a better understanding and will follow up the links to recommended resources. Thank you!”

“Paced really well. Opened interesting discussion. Impressed three early childhood staff that attended. Offered opportunity to share their student early intervention / prevention.”

“Dr Riley is an outstanding practitioner and presenter. This seminar expanded my knowledge and empathy. Thank you.”

“Fantastic training! Excellent mix of live experiences and best practice work with clients, their families and other professionals.”

“Very informative presentation, with practical applicable aspects! Thank you.”

 “Great, engaging presenter. Very knowledgeable and generous with resources.”

“Really helpful to current situation. Very eye-opening and enjoyable to listen to. Thankful for all the help received”

“Very helpful. Lots of reading to take back and share knowledge with colleague. Thank you Dr Riley!”

“Dr Riley was very helpful! Brainstorming solutions to issues, assisting with our practices.”



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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PhD, MA (Couns), Dip Hom, BSc.

Dr Elizabeth Anne Riley, (PhD MACouns BSc) is a Sydney-based counsellor and supervisor with a PhD titled: “The Needs of Gender-Variant Children and Their Parents.” Having worked with the trans community for over 20 years, Dr Riley provides gender specific support and counselling to parents of trans children, youth and adults, clinical supervision to practitioners, academic PhD & Masters supervision for student trans research, professional development to schools, clinicians and other service providers. Dr Riley has 18 publications, including 4 book chapters. She was a founding member of the Australian Professional Association for Transgender Health (AusPATH), is a Professional Clinical member and Certified Provider of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and a media spokesperson on behalf of the transgender community. She is also an accredited clinical supervisor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and with the Australian Association of Supervisors (AAOS).


  1. Developing sensitivity regarding the terms and language used by and with people presenting with diversity in gender identity and/or expression.
  2. Recognising diversity in gender identity & expression and respond appropriately.
  3. Identifying the needs of trans clients.
  4. Addressing the challenges and pressures trans people face.
  5. Understanding the demands on practitioners working with trans people.
  6. Being aware of the different approaches required for children, adolescents & adults. 

“Learn how to work effectively when clients express their needs regarding diversity in gender identity and/or expression.”  Dr Elizabeth Anne Riley


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Know how to respond to clients with diversity in gender identity and/or expression.
  • Understand the suitability of various approaches for an array of clients.
  • Have an awareness of the demands on professionals who work with the trans community.


Session 1.

  • Definitions & terms.
  • Scales of Sex & gender.
  • DSM & Gender Dysphoria.
  • Prevalence of gender diversity.
  • Needs of different client groups.

Session 2:

  • Challenges trans people face.
  • Variety of presentations.
  • Aspects of assessment.
  • Treatment options.
  • Referrals.
  • Case studies.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

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