Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Conference on Friday, October 12

Best Practices in Working with Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Children, Adolescents and Adults: The Basics and Beyond

Friday, October 12 • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC 27606
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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.


Schedule of Events

8:30 am – 9:00 am


9:00 am – 11:00 am
Identify and understand transgender and gender non-conforming current issues, terms, and best practices
Presented by Shelley Gilmore, LCSW
This will include introduction to terms; psycho-education re: concepts; cultural dynamics; history of and current DSM criteria for gender dysphoria in adults and children; need for consultations; resources – websites, providers, training opportunities – World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH); and, guiding principles for best treatment. 

11:10 am – 12:10 pm
Eating Disorders and Gender Dysphoria: Understanding the Intersections
Presented by Kimberley Benton, Psy.D., CEDS
This segment will focus on raising participants’ awareness of why an understanding of eating disorders is important in the treatment of Gender Dysphoria. Participants will also learn to distinguish between attempts to make changes to a body due to Gender Dysphoria versus eating disorder behaviors.

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Understanding the endocrinological aspects of the transition process
Presented by Julia Warren-Ulanch, MD
This segment will include the medical process; treatment with hormone replacement and blockers; and, resulting physical changes.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Panel Discussion with members of the Transgender/Gender Non-conforming community
Moderated by Shelley Gilmore, LCSW
Panel participants of all ages will share their stories and experiences. There will be opportunity for audience questions. 

General Learning Objectives:
1. Establish and understand transgender and gender non-conforming current issues, terms, and best practices.
2. Explore clinical interventions, and gain resources to most effectively address issues relevant to transgender and gender non-conforming clients.
3. Distinguish between when to work with someone with gender concerns, when to seek consultation and when to refer out.
4. Learn about general medical aspects of transitioning.
5. Understand the relationship between eating disorders and transgender/gender non-conforming clients.

This conference provides 5.5 contact hours of continuing education credit. Certificates will be provided onsite. 

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Shelley Gilmore, LCSW
Shelley Gilmore, LCSW is a private psychotherapist who works with children, adolescents and adults in the LGBTQ+ community. After obtaining her MSW from UNC-CH, she has been practicing in the triangle area for the past 25 years. Within the past 10 years, she has specialized in transgender and gender non-conforming issues. She provides consultations on transgender issues to various professionals, schools and other organizations. In addition, she leads several support and therapy groups for members of the gender non-conforming community. As a member of the local LGBTQ+ community, she is involved in LGBTQ activism and community events. She is currently a member of NASW, NCSCSW, and WPATH. She is also very passionate about Maddie who is a therapy dog in training!

Julia Warren-Ulanch, MD FACE ECNU
Dr. Julia Warren-Ulanch, MD is originally from Texas, and obtained her undergraduate and medical training at Texas A&M University. She completed her post-graduate training in Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Michigan and Medicine/Pediatrics Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research emphasis in fellowship was polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescents, but she enjoys all aspects of general endocrinology for patients of all ages. She has been an endocrinologist in Raleigh since August 2006, and leading Creedmoor Centre Endocrinology since September 2013. She is a Board-Certified specialist in Endocrinology and Pediatric Endocrinology with over a decade of experience in managing challenging disorders. She has experience in assisting patients of all ages with gender dysphoria.

Kimberley Benton, Psy.D. CEDS
Kimberley Benton, Psy.D., CEDS, is the owner of Oak City Psychology, PLLC in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Benton has been specializing in the treatment of people with eating disorders since 2004 and people who identify as LGBTQ+ since 2009. She was in private practice in Atlanta, GA prior to returning to Raleigh in 2016. Dr. Benton has provided training on the intersection of transgender identities and eating disorders for several advocacy groups as well as professional organizations. Her work with clients focuses on acceptance of their authentic selves and the recognition of places where societal pressures interfere with that acceptance.


For more information about the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work, please visit our website.