Provider’s Day

For Provider’s Day, in partnership with The Ohio State University College of Social Work, we are able to offer 8.5 Social Work CEUs for full-day participation at Provider’s Day on Friday, May 30, 2014.  The Ohio University College of Social Work is an approved provider of the Ohio CSWMFT Board.  Social Work provider number is RST111002.

Provider’s Day – Friday, May 30, 2014  –  Keynote Presenter Dr. Kristen Benson

Dr. Kristen Benson Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE

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.


Keynote Presentation:  The We in T-Care: On Being a Gender Affirmative Provider
Research has indicated that a majority of medical and mental health practitioners did not receive training to prepare them to competently provide gender affirmative care to their patients and clients, and their families. Instead, providers are frequently left to seek out specialized training after graduation from training programs, or they learn through their direct work with transgender patients and clients. Dr. Benson will draw from her own experiences, from current research on affirmative care, and from the wisdom shared by transgender people, partners, and parents to discuss the attributes and responsibilities of a gender affirmative provider.


Provider’s Day Workshops

On Being a Gender Affirmative Provider by Dr. Kristen Benson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE
This workshop will expand gender affirmative skills and practices addressed in the preceding keynote. We will examine barriers that transgender individuals and loved ones face when seeking medical and mental health services, and strategies to creative more inclusive and affirmative practices. Audience members will be invited to participate in experiential discussions to further explore the role and responsibilities of the gender affirmative provider.

Making Homeless Shelters Safer for Transgender People by Lisa Mottet and Harper Jean Tobin
Too often, trans people find themselves homeless, with no other options than going to a homeless shelter. Though homeless shelters are supposed to be a safety net, they are usually still not safe for transgender people. Fortunately, many communities have been able to work with shelters in their area, getting good policies passed and training staff to be respectful. Staff often want to be nice, but they just don’t know how. Come learn what folks have done throughout the country and get inspired to tackle this issue.

Standing with Trans Prisoners: Local Advocacy to End Abuse in Jails and Prisons, and Combat Mass Incarceration
Presentation followed by large group Q and A Come learn how to engage jails and prisons to adopt policies aimed at protecting the health and safety of trans people. Participants will learn how advocates in Houston, Denver, and other communities have advocated for these policies and monitored their implementation. The presentation will cover existing federal rules and best practices, how to get started and find resources, as well as typical advocacy strategies and challenges. Participants will also learn how to advocate that less trans people are incarcerated in the first place.

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.

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.


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