Transgender 101

Tracey Post, LCSW, CCTC, CST

Course Description:
What determines a person’s gender?  Gender and sexuality are central features of identity development; and our understanding of the distinction between sexual orientation and gender identity has often been blurred.  As such, people with diverse gender identities still face discrimination and prejudice on many levels. In order to provide culturally affirmative services to these individuals, practitioners must possess the ability guide clients towards the healthy integration of their sexual identity, and support gender inclusivity in the larger community. The process of growing up with unique gender awareness and identity, coming out, and a lack of awareness from families, communities, and healthcare providers are all issues that gender affirmative providers are called to understand and address.

This workshop will explore the latest research and understanding of both gender identity and sexual orientation.  Participants will learn the distinctions between gender and sexual orientation; the “Coming Out” process; unique risk factors for transgender individuals; and societal and cultural attitudes which may influence institutional approaches to these issues, including relevant state and federal legislature.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define the layers of sexual identity
  2. Demonstrate affirmative and inclusive language
  3. Summarize the main points of the DMS Gender Dysphoria diagnosis, and the WPATH Standards of Care
  4. Recognize attitudes, values and beliefs about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression
  5. Evaluate how common experiences as well as unique challenges of coming out at different stages in the lifecycle (childhood, adolescent, early adulthood, later adulthood) may present in the clinical setting

Presenter Bio:
Tracey Post is the President of TLP Consulting Group, LLC which provides training and consultation services to individuals, as well as public and private organizations.  Her firm provides trainings in human sexuality, trauma, family dynamics and public health.  Specialties include child and adult sexuality, gender identity, sexual abuse, relationship violence and trauma interventions and treatment.  Tracey is an AASECT certified sexuality therapist and owner of TLP Counseling, LLC which provides evidenced based treatment for individuals and couples experiencing trauma and/or sexual concerns and difficulties. She is an IATP certified trauma specialist.  Tracey served from 1998 – 2008, as the Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Human Sexuality Program and is currently an adjunct instructor for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, NJ
Date:   December 5, 2017      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 – 11:00am Course overview and safety setting
SOGIE Concepts and Respectful Language
11:00 – 11:05am Morning Break
11:05am – 12:05pm Values, Beliefs: Implicit and Explicit Bias
Techniques for addressing bias in self, client and others
12:05 – 12:50pm Lunch break
12:50 – 2:20pm The Coming Out process and the Transition Process
Gender Identity Across the Life Cycle
2:20 – 2:25pm Afternoon Break
2:25- 3:30pm Legal Rights and Issues
DSM/ICD and WPATH Guidelines for Care
Clinical Presentation and Skills Practice

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health 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 4 clinical and 1 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.
 This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #1617 from 10/27/17 to 10/27/19. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credits: Clinical Social Work Practice 4,  Social and Cultural Competency 1
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 agencies and self-help centers until November 24, 2017. Cancellations must be made by November 30, 2017.

To register, please click here

Grievances: Please contact Niki Stromko, Program Manager, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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