Do you find yourself wondering if you are qualified to treat transgender or gender non-conforming clients, or has such a client unexpectedly revealed themselves to you and you’re not sure what to do next? “When can I rely on my clinical knowledge, and when do I need specialized training?” This may be one of the many questions that many of you are asking now, or may be asking in the near future, as more and more transgender and gender non-conforming clients are accessing therapy.
The North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work (NCSCSW) is excited to announce an upcoming full-day program with local multidisciplinary experts who will be sharing their knowledge and vast experience in working with the transgender and gender non-conforming community. This program will include an exploration of terms, issues, current best practices and ways to access further training. Participants will learn about medical aspects of transitioning as well as emotional issues, such as symptoms of eating disorders which relate to body image, cultural issues, familial issues, and ways to access support, etc. The day will end with a Q&A panel discussion composed of members from the transgender and gender non-conforming community. This will be an educationally dense presentation which promises to offer opportunities to ask your pressing questions and to come away with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the needs of this growing population.