Afternoon Workshop 4

Understanding the Needs of Transgender Clients

Eli Green, PhD
CEUs: 2 Cultural Competence


Transgender people and their loved ones face extensive and severe discrimination, and are particularly vulnerable when accessing community-based services. This workshop is designed to help mental health professionals and other staff members working with transgender clients and their loved ones to better understand the challenges that members of these communities face, particularly as they relate to being considered “high risk.” This workshop will provide basic information about what it means to be transgender, related terminology, and an overview of the intersecting barriers that transgender people must navigate when accessing supportive services.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the differences between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
  2. Explain why transgender people and their loved ones are considered especially high risk, including 2 aspects of intersectionality.
  3. Articulate 3 examples of barriers that transgender people face when accessing services.

About Eli Green

Eli R. Green, PhD, is a diversity and inclusion trainer with more than 15 years of experience training on LGBTQ issues. Dr. Green specializes in helping non-profits, service and medical providers, educators, and businesses expand their transgender-related cultural competency. Dr. Green received his PhD in Sexuality Studies from Widener University and focused his doctoral research on the role of education on reducing prejudice toward people of transgender experience. Learn more about Eli and his work at

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