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Transgender, Gender Queer, Two-Spirit and Intersex: Ethical Mental Health Services with Gender Variant Clients

6 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Developed by Davina Kotulski, Ph.D.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles    audio Audios

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

From soldiers to rock-stars to Olympic champions and tennis pros, to children of celebrities and writers of block buster movies, transgender people inhabit every aspect of our cultural landscape. It is essential for those in the mental health and medical health fields to have a clear understanding of how to offer effective, ethical and competent services to transgender people and their loved ones.

This is a foundational course that includes three articles and two audio files with Dr. Kotulski discussing the APA’s frequently asked questions about intersex conditions and the intersexed population. The course also includes two recorded interviews with two transgender individuals who are advocating for equality, inclusion, and education with regard to the transgender population, including ethical and competent medical and mental health care.

In the first article, the participant is introduced to terminology related to gender orientation. The second article looks at the history of psychology and how it has responded to the transgender individual and those whose gender has not conformed with that of their biological sex. The first recorded interview is with transgender advocate and President of World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), Jamison Green, Ph.D. The second recorded interview is with transgender educator, Kari McAllister. The fifth article explores current and past legal issues facing the transgender individuals. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Demonstrate an understanding of the coming out process transgender individuals and their loved one's experience.

2.    Be able to differentiate sexual orientation, gender identify, biological sex, and the spectrum of gender presentation.

3.    Utilize effective evaluation strategies and treatment recommendations for clients presenting with gender dysphoria or other gender-variant concerns.

4.    Recommend appropriate resources and support for parents, family members and transgender clients.

5.    Distinguish between internal mental health concerns and those related to external sources impacting the client.

6.    Identify key issues impacting transgender individuals.

Course Syllabus

Transgender 101: Terminology and Coming Out Issues

  • Understanding Gender and the Transgender Experience
  • Understanding the Issues Facing Transgender Americans

Transgender and Intersex FAQs

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender Adults and Youth with Dr. Davina Kotulsi
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Individuals with Intersex Conditions with Dr. Davina Kotulski

Trans-etiquette: Tips and guidelines for being culturally sensitive.

  • Tips for Allies of Transgender People: A Brief Review
  • Interview with Jamison Green, FTM Transgender Activist and President of WPATH
  • Interview with Kari McAllister, MTF Transgender Advocate
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