Working With Transgender Clients: Providing Respectful & Affirming Services

Eli Green, MA, M.Ed.

Transgender people and their loved ones face extensive and severe discrimination, and are particularly vulnerable when accessing community-based services. This training is designed to help providers working with transgender clients and their loved ones ensure that they are providing respectful services that affirm transgender peoples’ experiences. Specifically, this training provides basic information about what it means to be transgender, related terminology, and strategies and skills for individual providers to increase the success of their client work. Additionally, participants will identify areas of organizational growth in order to create a safe and respectful environment.


  • Describe the differences between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
  • Articulate 3 examples of barriers that transgender people face when accessing services.
  • Identify 2-3 strategies to implement that will communicate respect and affirmation to transgender clients.
  • Name 2-3 areas of organizational level strategic planning that will contribute to a safer and more respectful space for transgender clients.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Date: Friday, October 25, 2013                     Time: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will take place from 9:00 – 9:30a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, and Case Managers. This is a beginner/intermediate level training.

CEUs: Social Workers and Counselors will receive 5.5 CEUs in Cultural Competence. FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

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

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

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until October 11, 2013. After October 11, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed. To register for the waitlist, please click here.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on October 11th.

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