GHTI developed out of a clear need for high quality trainings for providers who work with transgender/non-binary people and their families; trainings that go beyond the basics and get into the main struggles clinicians face when working with TGE people and their families.
As a clinician whose practice is 80% TGE clients and their families, a workshop leader, a graduate school professor who teaches semester long courses on transgender mental health, and a member of the trans community, I have had the privilege of speaking to many clinicians and transgender/non-binary people about their concerns regarding access to care and trainings.
Many clinicians I speak with report not feeling competent to work with the transgender community; they want to help their transgender clients, but often don’t know where to start, what role to take, or what to focus on. For those that have some basic training, there are often questions about how to write letters, how to work with family members who are not supportive, and where to find accurate and up to date information. Even the clinicians who have worked with transgender clients for some time find that more in depth trainings about complex topics, co-occurring issues, and working with interdisciplinary teams are not readily available.
Even more pressing: many transgender people and their families report not being able to access clinicians who know how to work affirmatively with them.
Or worse, have done harm.
In response, I created GHTI to address the gaps in training that many clinicians have when working with the TGE community. Training is currently available through live workshops, coaching, mentoring, webinars, and digital resources.
I believe we’re all on a gendered journey. Transgender / gender-expansive people have their own journey, as do families, and the providers who work with them. Everything GHTI offers is based on this belief, and that how that journey unfolds may be uniquely different for each child, adolescent, and adult human.
Becoming a gender affirmative provider is also a journey. The provider journey not only includes how you work with your clients, but also how you maintain a sustainable and lucrative gender affirming practice while meeting the trans community’s needs and not exploiting them in the process.
I hope to collaborate with you on your path, one that takes you from uncertainty to confidence in your practice as a gender affirming provider.