Provider’s Day – Friday, May 30, 2014 - Keynote Presenter Dr. Kristen Benson
Kristen Benson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University. She earned her PhD in Human Development from Virginia Tech in Human Development with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and Certified Family Life Educator.
Dr. Benson’s research and clinical focus is on providing affirming therapy to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people and relationships. Her current research explores the experiences of parents raising transgender and gender creative children. Dr. Benson is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy where she chairs the Queer Affirmative Caucus and a member of the National Council on Family Relations where she co-chairs the Sexuality Focus Group.
Dr. Benson is committed to training therapists to create affirmative spaces to work with transgender and gender creative clients and the loved ones they are in relationship with.
Dr. Benson’s workshop information coming soon!
Provider’s Day Workshops
Counting on Your Two Hands: 10 Ways YOU Can Advocate for Trans*-Inclusive Healthcare by Milo Primeaux
The overview of the healthcare reform will be conducted quickly with the aid of a power point presentation. The second portion will be highly interactive, with attendees introducing the 10 advocacy strategies themselves via placards handed out at the start. Small breakout groups will explore these more deeply and prepare a simulation to share with the larger group. The last portion will be saved for Q&A about difficulties attendees foresee in carrying out these strategies.
Trans* people still face immense and systemic barriers to accessing adequate and competent health care, even with the implementation of the federal healthcare reform and the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio. This session will introduce you to 10 practical, proven strategies YOU can use to advocate on behalf of yourself, as well as your clients, patients, loved ones, and/or community. Don’t wait for equality to come to you – the power for change is in YOUR hands!
Boys, Girls, and the Rest of Us: new policies for trans* students in public schools by Cory Chan-Frederick, M.Ed.
Brief oral delivery with slide presentation followed by examples of case studies (i.e.. AB1266) and video of youth interviews. Participants may work in groups to complete a Title IX worksheet to understand what events qualify as violations.Transgender and gender non-conforming students face many challenges in public schools, however, anti-bullying policies and federal civil rights statutes are now being used to protect and include them in the classroom. This workshop provides an overview of the new trends in public education designed to support these students.
Supporting Gender Creative Children and Adolescents by Sue Doerfer, MSW, LISW-S
By facilitating children’s healthy gender development, mental health professionals must give them space to discover and tell us who they are. At the same time, we must provide support and guidance to parents as they navigate the unfamiliar and sometimes frightening experience of raising a gender creative child. This workshop will include some presentation regarding how mental health professionals can support gender creative, gender non-conforming and transgender children/adolescents and their parents/families. A panel of transgender children and their parents will share their experiences and answer questions.
The mental health professional is in a unique position to examine attitudes and bias regarding gender expression in children and adolescents and to provide a road map for those children and their families. This workshop will provide an opportunity for all mental health professionals (the experienced and novice) to discuss best practices, internal gender bias and the challenges/gifts of working with these extraordinary kids”
Every Word Counts by Ellen Seigel, LISW
“Every Word Counts” gives professionals an opportunity to 1.) heighten their sensitivity to the delicateness required in interacting with clients, 2.) review and deepen their understanding of pure respect as received by the client who identifies as transgender 3) understand the important role of humility on the part of the professional for the client, 4) to learn how to apply their best practices, experience and knowledge with people who identify as transgender, 5.) learn how to normalize a client’s experience in order to create for the client maximum emotional space in which to feel safe enough to relax into their natural/true self and 6.) how to respond to the client’s expression of their natural/true self with unconditional positive regard. We will consider thought provoking questions, have a discussion, a presentation of “new” ideas and Q & A.
Do FTMs speak more like men or women? by By Dr. Kristen Precht-Byrd
The ways that men and women express their emotions and attitudes is unique. Men tend to express more negative emotions and to express their ideas more tentatively. Women tend to express more positive emotions and express things more enthusiastically. FTMs stand in the middle: Most were raised as girls, with female communication patterns, but they identify as males, and would desire male communication patterns. It is interesting to investigate whether, as adults, FTMs have more male or female patterns, or whether they have patterns all their own. This presentation looks at emotion and attitude (stance) in sys-male, sys-female and FTM conversation. The most common stance words, like love, maybe, problem, want, can, and totally are compared across 500,000 words of emotional conversations. The implications of this for FTMs in daily life will be discussed.
The Trans-Emotional Journey by Cori Yaeger, PhD, LPCC-S
The workshop will include didactic presentation, group discussion, and case examples focusing on the emotional challenges faced by individuals who self-identify as gender-variant. Individuals who self identify as gender-variant face numerous emotional challenges on their journey to find and express themselves authentically. We will identify and explore both the intra- and inter-personal issues that require attention and resolution.
Life as a Trans* athlete by Andrea Schultz
Presentation/lecture and with brief a question and answer/discussion session. A presentation about playing sports as and with trans* athletes. Highlighting specific challenges from rules, to competition, to team chemistry. This presentation will be focused on individual teams and how they can better accommodate trans* identified athletes.
Additional workshops coming soon!