Santa Barbara Unit: NASW Social Work Grand Rounds: Transgender Client Care - 1 CEU
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When: Wednesday, November 2nd
Where: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Gibraltar 2 Conference Room
400 W Pueblo St
Santa Barbara, California  93105
United States
Presenter: Max Rorty, LCSW
Contact: Luke Barrett
(805) 450-1273

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Transgender people self-report negative experiences with mental health and general health providers at a much higher rate than their cisgender (non-transgender) peers. This presentation is designed to support clinicians who are uncertain about how to interact with potential transgender or gender queer clients. The goal of the presentation is to reduce clinician anxiety and increase clinician flexibility by familiarizing care providers with appropriate terminology, demographic collection practices, and techniques for developing rapport with transgender or gender queer clients. The training will begin with an overview of the differences between sex, gender and gender presentation. Terminology will be clarified, including transman, transwoman, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and non-binary, personal pronoun preference and more. The importance of asking questions and apologizing for misrecognition and mistakes will be discussed, and the presentation will demonstrate how to craft an effective apology that promotes the development of clinician-patient rapport. The presentation will also include an emphasis on youth care, including supporting positive mental health outcomes for transgender youth, the course of social and medical interventions.

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