Treatment and Advocacy with Gender Diverse Clients: Becoming An Aware, Affirmative, and Advocating Clinical Ally

Presented by Tracey Post, LCSW, CCTC, CST and Eboni A. Gadson, LSW

Course Description:
The process of growing up with unique gender awareness and identity, coming out, a lack of awareness from families, communities and healthcare providers are all issues that gender affirmative providers are called to understand and address, as individuals with diverse gender identities face discrimination and prejudice on a regular basis. In order to be affirming and alliance-building, practitioners must walk with their clients as they healthily integrate sexual identity and support of gender inclusivity into their practice and the larger community. This workshop will address gender identity and coming out through the lens of culture, WPATH guidelines and legislation review, transition across the life span, and alliance building.  Participants will explore explicit and implicit biases around gender and sexual identity, as well as dive into what it looks like to truly walk in the world as an ally.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common experiences as well as unique challenges of coming out at different stages in the lifecycle (childhood, adolescent, early adulthood and later adulthood) and the impact of cultural norms.
  2. List the main points of the DSM Gender Dysphoria diagnosis, the WPATH Standards of Care, and Federal/State legislation.
  3. Identify strategies for working with clients at different life stages and at differing levels of transition.
  4. Describe the importance of advocating for transgender individuals, as well as ways to become effective allies.

Presenter Biographies:
Tracey Post, an AASECT Certified Sexuality Therapist since 2007, has been teaching in the field of human sexuality on the undergraduate and graduate level for over 15 years.  The CEO of TLP Consulting Group, LLC, Tracey also serves as the Board Chair for HiTops Adolescent Health Service Organization. Tracey and TLP Consulting Group provide training and consultation services to individuals, as well as public and private organizations, on topics including human sexuality, trauma, family dynamics, and public health, as well as trauma interventions and treatment, child and adult sexuality, gender identity, sexual abuse, and relationship violence. Tracey is an IATP certified trauma specialist and an adjunct instructor for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also served as the Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson (now Rutgers Medical School) Human Sexuality Program from 1998-2008.

Tracey’s professional development offerings include Walking Gently Together: Developing a Trauma Informed Approach in Our Work with Non-Binary Youth, Becoming a Trans-Inclusive Provider, Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression:  a Primer for Clinicians,  Understanding Trauma:  Lessons from the Past Creating Healing in the Present, The Application of Multi-Sensory Mindfulness Practices in Trauma Treatment and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress:  The Impact of Trauma on the Helping Professional.

Eboni A. Gadson specializes in creating a down-to-earth, authentic space for teens and young adults in both individual therapy and group therapy. Eboni specializes in LGBTQ, sexuality, and identity-related concerns and the specific issues that arise within these areas. She has led various discussions and workshops on topics such as trauma, consent, and healthy relationships, and conducted her own correlational study about marriage in the millennial population.

 Location: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ
Date:   April 26, 2019 Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.


9:30 – 10:30am Welcome and Overview
Safety setting
The Coming Out Process through the lenses of developmental ages and culture
10:30 – 11:35am The impact of trauma informed care
11:35 – 11:45am Morning Break
11:45am – 12:15pm Legal rights and Issues
12:15 – 1:00pm Lunch break
1:00 – 1:30pm DSM/ICD and WPATH Guidelines for Care
1:30 – 2:25pm Strategies and case examples across the life cycle (working with youth, families, and elders)
2:25 – 2:35pm Afternoon Break
2:35 – 3:30pm Panel presentation:  Values, Beliefs: Implicit and Explicit Bias
Becoming a trans-ally

 Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health and substance use professionals. This course is appropriate for intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2017 – 01/10/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 social and cultural competency and 3 clinical continuing education clock hours.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #2423 from 03/29/2019 to 03/29/2021. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Practice 3, Social and Cultural Competence 2. 

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Directions & Parking Information: Detailed directions and information will be sent to registrants in a confirmation email.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 or by email at

Registration: Free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health and substance use agencies and self-help centers until April 12, 2019. Cancellations must be made by April 17, 2019.

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Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances. Please see attached Grievance Policy for more information.

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