“Our training for mental health professionals generally begins with our introduction “Foundations of Gender-Inclusive Counseling Practices.” This two-session training is designed to establish basic understandings of gender diversity and approaches for applying them to professional practice.
Through direct presentation, video clips of youth and others talking about gender, and group reflection and discussion, this workshop takes participants through a review of basic gender concepts and terminology. With this solid background in place, the session describes concrete methods for applying the lens of gender diversity to counseling practices.
The workshops are live, interactive online trainings in two segments – the two components can be done in a single session or as separate pieces, but they are not offered as stand alone trainings.The components are:
Dimensions of Gender
In this 75 minute session you will learn:
-Presentation of key terminology and concepts related to gender
-Reflection on personal beliefs and experiences with gender
-Perspectives from youth and caregivers about gender
-Introduction to Principles of Gender Affirmative Care
Gender Inclusive Counseling Practices in Action
This 60 minute session builds on understanding of basic concepts of gender and applies them to counseling and institutional practices:
-Overview of data about family affirmation and its relation to health and wellbeing outcomes for transgender and other gender-expansive youth
-Discussion of strategies related to supporting transgender and other gender-expansive youth in various contexts, including schools, at home and within their communities
Also included in this program of professional development is a set of articles, resources and tools for implementing various strategies in your work with youth and caregivers.”