5th TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium has been approved for 6.25 CEU clock hours with FULL PARTICIPATION REQUIRED for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists only (NO COUNSELOR PROVIDER STATUS) by The Ohio State University, College of Social Work. The college is an approved provider of State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, provider number: RST111002. This is a conference for social workers, students, educators, researchers, practitioners, administrators and parents.
Best Practices When Working with Trans* Youth by Erin Upchurch, MSSA, LSW
A conversation for those providing services to trans*/gender non conforming/ questioning children ages 12 and under. In this workshop participants will:
- Understand the development of gender identity during early and middle childhood
- Discuss the benefits of affirming young children
- Review strategies for working with other professionals
- Understand the gaps in services for trans*/gender non-conforming youth
- Understand ways to help parents/caregivers support their children
Supporting Gender Creative Children and Adolescents by Sue Doefer, MSW, LISW
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 and mostly discussion regarding how mental health professionals can support gender creative, gender non-conforming and transgender children/adolescents and their parents/families. 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
Transgender Legal Issues in the Workplace by Tara Allison, Esq.
This workshop is an updated version of previous workshops on this subject. The current legal protections afforded to transgender employees will be presented and explained, including recent developments within the area of regulatory positions taken by the EEOC, relative to discrimination against transgender employees. This year, a greater focus will be given to the complaint process with the EEOC, as well as cover the current case law affecting transgender rights in the workplace.
Moving Beyond Gender Identity Disorder (GID): New Options for Accessible Trans* Health Care by JAC Stringer
Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is viewed both as a necessary diagnosis for trans* individuals and as a source of stigma and oppression for the greater gender variant community. This presentation will review the history of GID, discuss the pathologization of gender variance, its influences on, and opinions among trans* people, and what new paradigms are available to provide affirming health services to diverse populations within the trans* community. Activities and topics include discussion of how we address client needs, analyzing the DSM-V’s approach to gender identities, and reports on the current work being done to address trans* health needs.
Effectively working with closeted adolescents in therapy by Amy Pfeiffer, MA, PCC-S
The law states that by consenting to their child’s treatment in therapy, this consent permits parents or custodial agents the access to that child’s treatment records. Ironically, counseling settings are suppose to be among the safest places for one to come to terms with feelings and beliefs that one might be hiding, scared to reveal, or just discovering. This workshop will allow you, as a clinician, a parent, or a friend, understand the magnitude of this issue for some adolescents and how they can still use therapy as a safe place to explore their identities.
Protecting Same Sex Relationships by Cindy Kirby, Esq.
Ms. Kirby will explain how to provide legal protections for sam sex partners and their families. Particular attention will be paid to how to obtain co-custody of children, thereby creating a legal relationship between the children and their non-biological or non-adoptive parent.
Applying the ACA Transgender Competencies from a Humanistic Lens When Collaborating with Transgender Clients by Will Maxon-Kann, Logan M. Lamprecht, Ph.D., PC, NCC and Susan Rakow, Ph.D.
This workshop will support the development of awareness, knowledge, and skills to meet the needs of transgender clients. The presenters will discuss the American Counseling Association Competencies for Counseling with Transgender Clients (ACA, 2010) from a Humanistic psychology/counseling approach and how this perspective both assists with self-reflection of the practitioner as well as how it inform the counseling process and the therapeutic relationship.
The ACA Competencies for Counseling with Transgender Clients represent a significant shift in the conversation with respect to the unique needs of people who are transgender in the mental health field. As practitioners, supervisors, and counselor educators, we are interested in finding creative ways to support both ourselves and those students and clinicians we interact with in finding meaningful and useful ways to apply the competencies in a variety of practical contexts, including the counseling relationship, counselor development, and supervision
Transgender 101 For the Medical Community: How to Respect A Transgender Patient by Andrew Lewandowski
Transgender 101 For the Medical Community: How to Respect A Transgender Patient is intended to help educate nurses, doctors, social workers and other medical staff on transgender issues and improve understanding of the needs of transgender patients. The presenter, a transgender man with a spinal cord injury, will help to establish basic guidelines for dealing with transgender patients and will discuss ways to accommodate the transgender community in a medical setting.
The Systemic Perspective of Gender Diversity: Identifying Barriers and Opportunities for Service by Julie Walsh, MSW
Are you somewhat new to work with this population? Are you familiar with the vast needs of the community? Utilizing the framework of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we will identify the broad range of challenges affecting individuals who are trans-identified. This includes an examination of micro, mezzo, and macro systems as we discuss current, peer-reviewed literature and legal/social trends. Participants will have the opportunity to collaboratively strategize in the development of methods as we work together to empower the gender diverse community.
Why Another Test: HIV and the Transgender Population by Linda Laroche, LSW and Francesca Schumann
Francesca Schumann is a transwoman and HIV+ advocate who was diagnosed on World AIDS Day 1999. Linda Laroche is the Columbus Public Health social worker who gave her test result and walked with Frenchy as she began her journey. This workshop will tell Francseca’s story from performer to patient to advocate. Participants will come to understand the challenges, stigma and barriers that are unique to transgender people living with HIV.
PPACA and Trans Health Justice by Milo Primeaux and Daniel Dietz
The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA, i.e., “Obamacare”) promises to deliver substantial changes to our healthcare system and increase access to affordable healthcare for millions of people in America. This is particularly true for populations who experience higher rates of unemployment and poverty and for whom adequate health insurance has long been out of reach–including trans people. This workshop will include small group breakout sessions and a presentation on: (1) the legal and social barriers to healthcare faced by trans people; (2) the various changes to the healthcare system under the PPACA; and (3) the opportunities for advocacy around increasing access to adequate and competent healthcare for trans people through community education, direct services (including case management), and micro-policy reform.
Transgender Survivors: Statistics, Stories, Strategies by Michael Munson
This interactive and fast-paced workshop will encourage participants to expand their transgender vocabulary and conceptual framework(s), specifically in how they apply to transgender sexual assault survivors. Attendees will increase their ability to fluidly and respectfully interact with and serve transgender survivors and loved ones. Topics will include prevalence rates, barriers to accessing services, and unique issues facing transgender survivors and service providers. Participants will leave with practical steps that will assist them in modifying existing policies and procedures, identifying and lowering barriers to service, and improving effective services to transgender survivors and loved ones.
Opening the Doors to Transgender Sexual Assault Survivors by Michael Munson
At least 50% of transgender individuals are survivors of sexual assault: does your agency know how to reach and serve them? FORGE staff will present data from a 2011 study of 1052 transgender respondents on their barriers to accessing sexual assault services, beliefs and fears about seeking post-assault care, and what qualities and variables transgender survivors and loved ones desire in victim service agencies. Engaging exercises will help participants develop practical short- and long-term action plans for making their agency more accessible, culturally competent, and welcoming to this very under served population.
How to Create Trans-Friendly Communities – You Can Do It! by Lisa Mottet and Mara Keisling
Imagine living in a community where the homeless shelters are accepting trans people, where the ER staff at the hospitals have all had cultural competence training, where trans students are supported by their schools, where police know how to treat trans people respectfully, and so on. We can create these communities, and there are tools to help you make it happen. Join national policy advocates to help you envision the change you want, and give you the tools to make it happen.
Effectively Using Data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey by Lisa Mottet and Mara Keisling
Almost every policy effort, or education effort, can be super-charged by including data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, including Ohio-specific results. Whether you are working on health care, education, employment, police/jails, family acceptance, or any other topic, there is likely data that will help paint the picture of transgender people’s lives in order to persuade policy makers to make changes. Join two of the study’s authors for a presentation on the results and a discussion on how folks have been able to use the data successfully, so you can be empowered to use it as well!