Presented by Maureen Johnston, LMFT
The lack of understanding and misinformation about gender identity is fueling a great deal of controversy in our society. As 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”, questioning or something entirely different) or (in gender non-traditional ways), therapists need to know how to provide sensitive, appropriate treatment. Gender Affirmative Therapy provides therapists and counselors with the tools to provide (offer?) appropriate care to these adults, teens, kids, and their families.
Join us for:
- A developmental approach to gender identity to illuminate how gender identity influences and is influenced by aspects of our growth and development.
- Case studies which illustrate the complex interplay of the clinical, medical, educational, and legal aspects of working with the trans community.
- Language discussion exploring important language considerations, resources and concrete suggestions for appropriate language to use with clients of all ages.
- Gender Journeys exercise placing special attention on how our own Gender Journeys impact our work, and the need for heightened sensitivity to the layers of transference and counter-transference that frequently arise when working with the trans community.
- A live panel of trans-identified panelists will share their experiences and answer questions from attendees
The event includes a full breakfast buffet, a buffet luncheon and 6 CEUs. Please arrive by 8:30AM to register and to enjoy a hot breakfast. Our venue, Michael’s at Shoreline offers a spacious meeting room and outdoor patio for breaks and meals. Please join us and enjoy being a part of the SCV-CAMFT community. Handout materials will be sent to workshop registrants the week of the workshop. Don’t forget to bring your business cards for informal networking.
The goal of this presentation is for participants to be able to provide more clinically appropriate treatment to their gender expansive clients and their loved ones by gaining both an increased understanding of the complex issues associated with gender identity, and a greater sensitivity to the effects of the gender journey everyone makes.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Give two examples of how gender identity influences, and is impacted by, aspects of our growth and development.
- Summarize the complex interplay of factors involved in working with the trans community.
- List three examples of common language mistakes and give appropriate language alternatives.
- Write about your own gender development journey, considering any potential impact on your work.
About the Presenter
Maureen Johnston, LMFT 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/
Registration: Register and pay online with a credit card, PayPal, or check. Checks must be received by January 30 for early bird registration and by February 27 for regular registration. Please allow 10 days to process check payments. Mail checks to: SCV-CAMFT, P.O. Box 60814, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Walk In Registration: If space is available you can register as a walk-in. This can be done online Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, or at the event. The registration price increases by $30 for this option. How do I know I am registered? Log into the SCV-CAMFT site, on the My Account page, click the My Events link. Continuing Education: This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science (CAMFT CE Provider #052466). SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This presentation is suitable for all clinical levels. You must sign-in and sign-out at the registration desk to receive CEUs. This is a BBS requirement. No exceptions are permitted. A link to complete a mandatory evaluation and to obtain your CEU certificate will be emailed a week after the event. Cancellations: Refunds will be issued, minus a $30 administrative fee, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or 408-235-0210. Requests must be made one week in advance. Grievance Policy: Any concern or grievance can be put in writing and emailed to the chapter coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.