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Holistic Health Care for Transgender Clients

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Forest Hills of DC | 4901 Connecticut Avenue Washington, DC
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Presenters: Rosemary Moulton, LICSW and Frances Reed, LMT

Description: This course is appropriate for all experience levels of social workers in all clinical settings. It is an introductory-level course for working with transgender clients using a holistic wellness model. 

Among the topics discussed will be: cultural sensitivity/competence, gender identity, gender expression, transphobia, gender dysphoria, assessment, treatment planning, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Type of Event: Continuing Education
Category: Cat 1
CE Credit Hours: 3 (Meets the DC SW licensing requirement for 2 hrs of LGBTQ training)

Course Objectives  

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Use gender-affirming language.
  2. Understand the role of transphobia and gender dysphoria in accessing help.
  3. Consider the benefits of a holistic wellness model and treatment modalities for transgender clients.
  4. Serve transgender clients in a culturally sensitive way with a non-pathologizing perspective.

Specific Agenda:

9:00-9:20 Introduction of presenters and participants

9:20-9:50 Definition of terms

9:50-10:30 Cultural competency

10:30-10:45 Break

11:00-11:45 Holistic wellness and treatment modalities

11:45-12:00 Q & A

Recommended Books/Bibliography:

American Psychological Association (2015, December). Guidelines of psychological practice with transgender and gender nonconforming people. American Psychologist, Vol. 70 (9), 832–834.

Barrow, K. (n.d.). Psychotherapy with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. Retrieved from

Chang, S. C., Singh, A. A., & Dickey, L. M. (2018). A clinician's guide to gender-affirming care: Working with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Criotoru, T. (2012, January 8). Trans and gay friendly therapy using EMDR. Retrieved from

Glossary of terms – Transgender (n.d.). Retrieved from

Haynes, A. (2016, September 12). Supporting transgender clients in your massage practice, part 1: Trans 101. Retrieved from

Krempasky, C., Renson, A., & Schubert, F. (n.d.). Developing trans* competence: A short guide to improving transgender experiences at meditation and retreat centers. Retrieved from
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