TRAINING SERIES

Monterey County Rainbow Connections Gender Diversity Provider Training

August – September 2024

CE’s Available ($35/session)
The Gender Health Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Gender Health Training Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Monterey Behavioral Health Gender Diversity Training is a comprehensive workshop series designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of medical and mental health professionals, educators, and community members in supporting transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. This series will help participants build a strong foundation in gender literacy, medical support, and developmental understanding of gender, enabling them to provide effective, culturally attuned, gender affirming care. Each of these workshops will provide an invaluable opportunity for professionals to enhance their skills, expand their knowledge, and contribute to a more inclusive and affirming society for all youth.

This training begins with four intensive 3-hour sessions held on Thursday afternoons. These sessions will cover crucial topics related to gender diversity and care, integrating perspectives from youth, parents, and families. It will also include content specific to working with monolingual Spanish speaking families.

SESSION 1:

August 1st, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

Language, Gender Literacy in English and Spanish

SESSION 2:

August 22nd, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

Misinformation and Disinformation

SESSION 3:

September 5th, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

Medical Support and Assessment

SESSION 4:

September 19th, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

Exploration of the Developmental Journey

Follow-Up Monthly Sessions:

After the initial sessions, participants will engage in monthly follow-up meetings on Thursday afternoons. These 2 to 3-hour sessions will provide an opportunity for ongoing case discussions and Q&A, addressing specific concerns and enhancing practical application of the training content. The exact schedule will be determined based on participants’ needs and availability.

Additional Trainings:

As the needs of the group evolve, additional 2 to 3-hour follow-up trainings will be scheduled to cover particular topics in more depth. These sessions will be tailored to address emerging issues and ensure continuous professional development.

What we will Cover:

  • Language and terminology related to gender identity and expression.
  • Gender literacy in English and Spanish.
  • Experiences of youth, parents, and family members on gender journeys.
  • Bilingual resources for inclusive communication.
  • Identification and analysis of misinformation and disinformation about transgender issues.
  • Strategies for countering misinformation and promoting accurate information.
  • Gender Affirming Care (GAC).
  • Medical support options for transgender youth, including puberty blockers and hormone therapy.
  • Gender Evaluations for youth and families.
  • Best practices for medical interventions and ongoing care.
  • Developmental gender journeys of transgender youth, their families, and the providers who serve them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define three key terms related to gender identity and expression.
  • Use inclusive language in both English and Spanish in a professional context.
  • Identify and explain three common forms of misinformation and disinformation related to transgender issues.
  • Develop and present two strategies for counteracting misinformation in professional practice.
  • Outline the essential components of Gender Affirming Care (GAC).
  • Create an action plan for implementing GAC principles within their practice or organization.
  • Describe the medical options available for transgender youth, including puberty blockers and hormone therapy.
  • Evaluate case studies to determine appropriate medical support and interventions for transgender youth.
  • Explain the necessary steps and considerations in the affirmative approach to Gender Health Evaluations for youth and their families.
  • Explain the developmental journey of transgender youth, including the perspectives of parents, families, and therapists.

The Monterey Behavioral Health Gender Care Trainings offers a unique and in-depth learning experience for those dedicated to supporting transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. Through this series, participants will build a strong foundation in gender literacy, medical support, and developmental understanding of gender, enabling them to provide the highest standard of care. This workshop series is an invaluable opportunity for professionals and advocates to enhance their skills, expand their knowledge, and contribute to a more inclusive and affirming society for all youth.

This training series is designed not only to impart knowledge but also to foster a supportive community of professionals and advocates who are committed to the well-being of transgender and gender diverse youth. By participating in this series, attendees will join a network of individuals dedicated to creating inclusive and affirming environments for all youth, regardless of their gender identity or expression.

As the landscape of gender identity and expression continues to evolve, it is essential for those in supportive roles to stay informed and equipped to address the unique needs of transgender and gender diverse individuals. This workshop series is meticulously crafted to address these needs, offering a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Through interactive sessions and collaborative discussions, participants will delve into critical topics, including gender literacy, medical support, and the developmental journeys of transgender youth and their families.

The workshop kicks off with four intensive sessions, each lasting three hours, held on Thursday afternoons. These initial sessions lay the groundwork for understanding and supporting transgender youth by covering essential aspects of language, misinformation, medical interventions, and developmental processes. Following these sessions, monthly follow-up meetings will provide a platform for continued learning, case discussions, and addressing specific participant concerns. Additional in-depth trainings on particular topics will be scheduled as needed, ensuring that participants receive ongoing support and education.

Presenters

Jen Hastings

Jen Hastings, MD (jen/jen) Board Certified in Family Medicine, has been providing transgender health care for many years. Dr Jen is part of Ibis Reproductive Health, a research group studying the reproductive needs and experiences of transgender and gender expansive people in the US, and a national consultant and educator on transgender healthcare, increasing medical access and understanding.
Jen is also an abortion provider with Aria Medical Group. In Santa Cruz, Jen is the physician consultant with SafeRx and the Health Improvement Partnership, working with Opioid Safety, Behavioral Health integration, Trauma Informed Care and Mindfulness in Medicine.

Shawn V. Giammattei, PhD

Shawn V. Giammattei, PhD is a clinical psychologist & WPATH certified member/mentor, specializing in couple & family therapy with a particular focus on trans youth and their families. He is the founder & CEO of the Gender Health Training Institute & TransFamily Alliance, a research consultant, international speaker, community educator, and professor teaching graduate and post-graduate courses in LGBTQ psychology, family systems, and gender affirming care, as well as the author of several articles and book chapters on gender, sexuality, and family work.

Juliette Greenham

Mexican writer, former strategy director at international organizations and DEI expert at Gender Health Training Institute. Juliette is coaching the most important organizations in Latin America to change their culture towards trans inclusivity, implementing solid policies and procedures. Juliette helps trans families in their Gender Journey, translating gender-affirming care to the Latin American culture, helping families understand it and remove cultural obstacles so they can flow and be at peace with the process.

Session 1

Language, Gender Literacy in English and Spanish

Date: August 1, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

This session will focus on building language and gender literacy in both English and Spanish. Participants will explore gender identity and expression, incorporating views from various stakeholders, including youth and their families. Bilingual resources will be provided to ensure inclusivity and accessibility.

Session 2

Misinformation and Disinformation

Date: August 22, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

This session addresses the challenges of misinformation and disinformation surrounding transgender issues. Participants will learn to identify and counteract false information and gain a deep understanding of what constitutes Gender Affirming Care (GAC).

Session 3

Medical Support

Date: September 5, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

This session provides an overview of medical support options for transgender youth, including puberty blockers and hormone therapy. It will also introduce the concept of Gender Health Evaluations, a crucial process that supports youth and families in navigating medical care options.

Session 4

Exploration of the Developmental Journey

Date: September 19, 2024
1:30 – 4:30 pm PT

This final session explores the developmental journey of transgender youth, their parents, families, and providers. Participants will gain insights into the emotional and psychological milestones that accompany authentic gender embodiment and how to support these journeys effectively.

Each Session is 240 min including time for Q&A.

3 CE Credits Available per Session

The Gender Health Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Gender Health Training Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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