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South Region Luncheon

  • Friday, October 28, 2016
  • 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos/Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95008

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What’s the Big Deal with Bathrooms? Providing Gender Affirmative Therapy to Trans Clients  (1.5 CEUs available)
Presented by Maureen Johnston, LMFT

Recently, hardly a week goes by without some big news story about the transgender community. There is clearly a great deal of misinformation and lack of understanding amongst the general population about gender identity, and this is fueling a lot of the controversy.

More of our clients of all ages either know someone who is trans, or are defining themselves as transgender, gender-queer, gender fluid, “off the binary”, trans-questioning, or something entirely different. It is imperative that we become better educated on both the clinical and cultural issues if we want to provide sensitive, appropriate treatment. Gender Affirmative Therapy provides therapists and counselors in all settings with the tools to provide appropriate care to these adults, teens, kids, and their families.

At this presentation, Maureen will use case studies to illustrate the complex interplay of the clinical, medical, educational, and legal aspects of working with the trans community. The importance of language will be explored, and participants will be provided with usable information and resources. They will be given concrete suggestions on what to look for, how to talk to their clients, and what language to use and not to use.

Special attention will be given to the importance of heightened sensitivity to the layers of transference and countertransference that frequently arise when working with the trans community.  

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe and identify the language used by the transgender community
2. Distinguish the key aspects of gender identity

3. Describe and assess the intersection of clinical and cultural issues faced by gender expansive youth and transgender adults

Maureen Johnston has been providing psychotherapy for over 20 years. She has worked with the trans and gender expansive community for over 12 years, and has received training and consultation in the Gender Affirmative Model of therapy. She is a member of Diane Ehrensaft’s Mind the Gap monthly consultation group.

For the last two years, she has participated in the annual Gender Spectrum’s Professional Symposium on clinical issues with gender non-conforming children and teens. She hosts a monthly consultation group for therapists and other professionals interested in providing Gender Affirmative services in Santa Clara County. http://www.maureenjohnston.com/PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS MONDAY, OCTOBER 24. Registration and payments must be received by the Monday before the event to guarantee lunch. Reservations will be held until noon. "Walk-ins" are welcome at a higher rate ($33 members / $40 non-members), however lunch and seating is not guaranteed, but is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, PayPal, or check (payable to SCV-CAMFT). We do not store your credit card information on our site. If you are paying with a check, your check must be received by the Monday prior to the event. Mail checks to SCV-CAMFT, P.O. Box 60814, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Please allow 10 days for delivery. Continuing Education: SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (052466). This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This presentation is suitable for all clinical levels. 1.5 CEUs are available, by adding CEUs when you register. You must sign in and sign out at the registration desk. This is a BBS requirement. No exceptions are permitted. Certificates will be emailed 2-3 weeks after the event. Audits: If you wish to audit the presentation, you can do so as a member for $10 and $15 for a non-member. Auditing does NOT include a meal or CEU credit, although you can add the CEUs when you register for an additional fee. For those auditing, the presentation begins at noon. Cancellations: Refunds will be issued if a request for cancellation is received by the Monday before the event. No refunds will be issued if a request for cancellation is received after the Monday before the event. To cancel, please send an email to mail@scv-camft.org or call the chapter voicemail at 408-235-0210. Refunds will be issued within ten (10) business days. Accommodations for Disability: The Santa Clara Valley chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at mail@scv-camft.org or 408-235-0210. Requests must be made one week in advance. Chapter Board Meetings are generally held prior to the chapter’s monthly luncheons, at the same location, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Members are welcome to attend by notifying a board member. Grievance Policy: Please use the green HELP tab on the right side of this page if you have any issues.


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