16 unit Continuing Educational Workshop
First Workshop: Oct. 20–21
Second Workshop: Oct. 28 & Nov. 4
Becoming a Trans Ally for Mental Health Service Providers is a two-day experiential workshop that invites participants to learn and implement new vocabulary, map and expand their understanding of trans and gender-nonconforming identities, engage active ally-focused practices, and develop skills that can be used and referenced in therapeutic work. Each exercise within the workshop is designed to engage participants in critical thinking regarding their identity as a mental health professional in relation to trans and gender nonconforming individuals. These exercises are designed to work through the lens of deconstructing privilege.
- Participants will synthesize their awareness of challenges in working with and faced by trans identified individuals.
- Participants will engage, discuss, and explore their own awareness regarding personal and cultural biases.
- Participants will learn to challenge the process of “othering” through critical thinking and application of workshop exercises.
- Participants will develop and integrate specific tools for nurturing active allyship and relationships.