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  • April 26, 2024
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
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CAMFT Chapter Licensed Membersshow details + $25.00 (USD)  
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Understanding Gender Affirming Care: Across the spectrum and beyond

By Gretchen Anne Cooper

April 26, 2024   9:30-11:30 AM

Zoom Presentation

2 CEU after evaluation has been recieved

Presenters Information:

Gretchen Anne Cooper graduated with her BA in Philosophy from the University of La Verne and
received her MA in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute (PGI) in Los Angeles. She is currently in
private practice in California and adjunct faculty at PGI. She worked in community mental health for
several years before transitioning to her private practice in 2021, full time. During her time in the county,
Gretchen acquired a passion for serving individuals from a multitude of backgrounds. It was there that she
developed a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ youth. Gretchen specializes in working with adults,
LGBTQ+, adolescents, the unhoused and children. Gretchen is published in CAMFT’S The Therapist
magazine on Gender Affirming Care in their November/December 2022 issue. She also published an
article about supporting LGBTQ+ adolescents in Family Therapy Magazine in July 2023. She is a
published poet in SAGE magazine and published her thesis on Animal Assisted therapy with Children on
the Autism Spectrum. Gretchen enjoys surfing and spending time outdoors and performing hula with her
halau. Her sister is transgender and Gretchen, herself, is also a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Gretchen is currently on track to becoming an AAMFT supervisor.

Presentation Description:

The workshop will be an introductory course on gender-affirming care. There will be an introduction and
positionality statement followed by a ten minute activity about challenging one's own unconscious biases
when serving the LGBTQ+ community.
Clinicians will learn how providers can initiate this life-saving care with their own clients through
specific examples of language usage and education. Participants will gain an understanding of the do’s
and don’ts regarding transgender/non-binary etiquette and terminology. Therapists will learn at least
twenty different pronouns and how to use them appropriately when talking with our clients. Clinicians
will learn how to change their own binary language in order to be more inclusive Therapists can engage
in at least two breakout rooms/groups for smaller discussions with question prompts. These groups will
assist them in uncovering their own unconscious biases to be more effective as clinicians. Therapists will
gain insight on how to talk with their clients about their bodies and what specifically are safe questions to
ask. This workshop will teach best clinical practices with clients and cite specific interventions to provide
quality care. Finally the training will review specific interventions that are most effective within this
community. The training will end with legal and ethical considerations, such as tips on navigating the
referral process for medical support.
2-3 measurable goals/objectives, with at least one that is focused on an aspect of diversity
After the presentation audience should be able to:
1) Identify three legal and ethical considerations regarding referrals for gender affirming care.
2) Understanding the concept of the gender-binary and evolution of the gender spectrum and be able to
list at least three gender inclusive terms.
3) Navigate transgender etiquette and understand pronoun usage with five specific examples.
4) Apply at least three gender affirming interventions in their own practice .
Educational goals:
Participants will learn the basics of the gender binary and transgender etiquette do’s and don’ts in the
treatment room. Clinicians will gain insight into their own implicit biases and learn how to communicate
effectively with correct terminology and how to speak in a way that does not adhere to the typical binary
school of thinking. Finally, participants will be able to utilize specific interventions that have been known
to be effective when working within the LGBTQ+ community.


Course Training Level:  This is appropriate for all levels. 

Award of Course Completion Certificates:  Upon completion of course, attendees will receive a Certificate for 2 CEUs or a Certificate for 2 Attendance Hours after completing a course evaluation.
Cost:  Member of any CAMFT Chapter                 Not a Member of Any CAMFT Chapter
           Licensed:  $25   Prelicensed: $15                 Licensed:  $35    Prelicensed:  $15
Refund Policy: Registration closes on 4/24/2024 at 12:00 PM.  Refunds may be provided prior to the close of registration, minus a $5 registration refund fee.  No refunds are available after the close of registration.  No partial credit is given for arriving late or leaving early.
Accommodation for disability and for addressing grievances:   
Sierra Foothills CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP as well as non-licensed AMFT, ASW, APCC, graduate students and trainees.  Provider number is 97723. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 
All Sierra Foothill Chapter members are welcome to join the Board of Directors meeting.  Please email laurielinsleymft@gmail.com for details.