Integrating Changes in
WPATH Standards of Care

SOC8 Assessments & Medical Referrals

A Live Virtual Workshop, February 24, 2023

8am – 4pm PT/ 11am-7pm ET

5 CEs available

Hello all,

I’m Dr. Shawn Giammattei with the Gender Health Training Institute…

I am a clinical family psychologist who is dedicated to helping therapists provide gender affirmative care to transgender, nonbinary, gender-expansive (trans) clients and their families across the life span…

and build gender-affirming practices while navigating the quickly changing world of transgender health so that your clients and their families can build stronger connections, live with authenticity, and receive the care they need.

As a WPATH certified mentor with over 20 years of experience teaching graduate level courses, leading workshops, conducting research, and engaging in scholarship on trans health as well as regularly collaborating on gender health evaluations (assessments) and referral letters, and as someone who is also a member of the trans community, I am uniquely qualified to take you on a deeper dive into the topic of integrating the changes in the WPATH SOC8 into your assessment and medical referral letters.

Let me tell you what I am thinking and why this is important now…

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health recently published the new Standards of Care (SoC8) for the treatment of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people. Version 8 of the standards of care is a broad expansion of the guidelines, since quite a lot has changed in the world of gender affirming care in the past 11 years since SOC7 was unveiled. With the current political backlash and cultural context, it is imperative that mental health providers who work with transgender and gender diverse youth, especially those who are evaluating them for medical treatment understand the latest changes.

The overall goal of the Standards of Care guidelines is to provide clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transgender and gender diverse people with safe and effective pathways to achieve lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, and to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment.

These new standards may significantly change how we practice and especially what is expected of us as mental health providers when evaluating TGD people for gender affirming medical care. If you work with gender diverse people or their families, especially given the current political backlash, it is important to understand these changes and how they may impact your work. The ability to utilize and back up your work with the latest standards will not only help your clients, but protect you from those who would challenge gender affirming care.

Based on OVERWHELMING requests and a promise I made to the participants in my last Gender Health Evaluation Workshop, I’m offering this update on the Standards of Care in a day-long, interactive, Virtual Workshop to help you become more confident integrating the SOC8 into your Evaluations and Medical Referral Letters.

Space is limited, so I wanted to give you a heads up so you can grab one of these spots before they fill up…

Here’s How It Works…

Join us for this LIVE Virtual Training Experience

The sessions, activities, and resources provided will help you integrate the the SOC8 into your assessments, and medical referral letters while navigating a medical world steeped in SOC7, and you’ll get feedback from an expert in trans health whom you can trust, all while getting CE’s.

We’ll be meeting live for this 1-day interactive training over Zoom.
February 24, 2023
8am-4pm PT / 11am-7pm ET

What you can expect…

  • Detailed guidance on the integration of the SOC8 in your practice or organization involving the approach and the important areas to cover in assessments with a special focus on youth and families.
  • Tools for writing context specific and appropriate medical referral letters, including valuable guidance on the types of letters required, the necessary content they should cover, who to involve, and time saving templates that work
  • How to create and work with an interdisciplinary team even if you’re in private practice.
  • We will not only cover the content you need but also the ethics and current issues involved in providing referrals

We’re going to talk about…

  • How to understand your role as a therapist under the current standards of care when evaluating of your clients’ understanding of medical procedures and adequately preparing them, without stepping outside the boundaries of your discipline.
  • How to write letters following the SOC8 even if you fear that a client will change their minds in the future or regret their decision to have surgery or begin hormones later on.
  • How to find and work with an interdisciplinary team even when you work in private practice in a rural area.
  • Assessing for informed consent using the SOC8 guidelines even when you feel conflicted and less qualified to assess because developmental differences make you wonder about their capacity for consent.
  • How to include the specific SOC8 requirements for letters based on the age of your client and the different necessities that come with each life stage.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg…
This Interactive Workshop will help you build competence with the SOC8 and understand how to handle situations that can come up when navigating assessments and medical referral letters

What is the cost of this opportunity?

WE ARE OFFERING THIS AT A HUGE SAVINGS!

While we can’t put a price on the value of writing a readiness letter that saves someone’s life, we do know how many hours having your own templates can save you. That savings alone more than pays for the cost of this workshop.

We also know the fear and substantial cost of a legal battle if someone regrets surgery and comes after you seeking damages. That scenario is more of a concern right now with the current political climate, but rest assured we’ll go over the SOC8 recommendations, the reasoning behind them, and how to help use them to protect yourself and your practice, while helping your clients access the care they need.

My 2-3 hour didactic workshops typically cost $500 or more alone, and attendees walk away each time with tremendous insights and tools.

Right now, in the interest of meeting the exploding and dire need in changing economic times…

We are introducing this essential day-long Live Interactive Workshop at a 70% discount with one simple payment of…

JOIN US
February 24, 2023

JUST $249

Here’s What’s Going to Happen Next…

Scroll down and take a look at everything we have planned for this Virtual Day-long Interactive Workshop.

Then reserve your spot because we are limiting the number of providers into the Workshop at this time to allow for a more personal experience.

FIRST COME

Registrations will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

My suggestion is to DO this now, while you’ve got this in front of you and you’re thinking about it because we are only taking a limited number of therapists into the Workshop at this time.

I have been talking to several therapists about this training and the response has been overwhelming. This workshop will fill fast, so join now. You’ve got nothing to lose, and lots to gain in your gender affirming practice.

Are there bonuses?

YES!

Bonus #1

Updated PDF swipe files of letter templates: including letters that trans, non-binary, and gender expansive people often need.

Bonus #2

Access to templates, checklists, and tools to make creating your own SOC8 informed assessments easier.

FAST-ACTION BONUS…

Sign up for this Immersive Workshop before February 10th, complete your payment in full, and be entered into a drawing for one of 3 spots for a special one on one call with Dr. Giammattei within a month of the Interactive Workshop to help you through your toughest Assessment and Referral Letter situation.

(Full payment & timestamp registration verified; $400 value, free)

JOIN US
February 24, 2023

JUST $249

From Uncertainty to Confidence…

A significant part of your Gender Journey as a clinicians, is staying up to date with the changes in gender affirming care.

By participating in this Interactive Workshop, you’ll take a vital step in moving from uncertainty to confidence in providing up-to-date gender affirming assessments and referrals to your trans, non-binary, and gender expansive clients.

On completion, you’ll walk away much more confidence in your ability to…

  • provide collaborative and affirming Gender Health Evaluations utilizing the guidelines in the SOC8
  • know your updated role in evaluations and referrals for medical treatment
  • evaluate readiness and informed consent for treatment.
  • create a multidisciplinary team even if you’re in private practice
  • know when and how to write appropriate Referral Letters

And much, much more!

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll be meeting on Zoom on February 24, 2023. This is a didactic and interactive Workshop where you get to improve your skills at integrating and implementing the latest WPATH Standards of Care in your evaluations, medical referral letters, and get feedback from folx you can trust while getting CEs.

This workshop will be taught and facilitated by Shawn V. Giammattei, PhD.

Dr. Giammattei is a clinical family psychologist in private practice in Northern CA specializing in couple and family therapy with people across the lifespan, with a particular focus on transgender and gender expansive youth and their families, as well as relationships where one or more partners are trans. He is also a researcher, educator, and a professor teaching online graduate and post-graduate courses in LGBT psychology and family systems. He is the founder and CEO of Quest Family Therapy, the Gender Health Training Institute, and the TransFamily Alliance. He also serves on the board of local and national family therapy organizations, is active member of Mind the Gap, is a WPATH GEI SOC7 Certified Mentor, and the author of several articles and book chapters on gender, sexuality, and family work.

**Dr. Giammattei has no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

In this course, we will take you from confusion and overwhelm to clarity and confidence in ethically integrating the SOC8 into your assessments and gender affirming referral letters, so you can feel confident the care you are providing is of the highest caliber and beyond reproach.

The sessions, activities, and resources provided will help you integrate SOC8 into your practice, assessments, and medical referral letters while navigating a medical world steeped in SOC7. You’ll get feedback from an expert in trans health whom you can trust, all while getting CE’s.

We’re going to talk about…

  • How to understand your role as a therapist under the current standards of care when evaluating of your clients’ understanding of medical procedures and adequately preparing them, without stepping outside the boundaries of your discipline.
  • How to write letters following the SOC8 even if you fear that a client will change their minds in the future or regret their decision to have surgery or begin hormones later on.
  • How to find and work with an multidisciplinary team even when you work in a private practice in a rural area.
  • Assessing for informed consent using the SOC8 guidelines even when you feel conflicted and less qualified to assess because developmental differences make you wonder about their capacity for consent.
  • How to include the specific SOC8 requirements for letters based on the age of your client and the different necessities that come with each life stage.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to…

  • Describe the main changes and additions of SOC8 vs. SOC7 for referrals and assessments
  • Identify when treatment is outside one’s scope of practice and when to involve other experts on the team
  • List the common types of medical treatments and referral requirements for each
  • Describe the common co-occurring diagnoses to be aware of and how to address these when making a referral
  • Evaluate the capacity to consent or assent to medical treatment
  • Identify the readiness of a client and provide information about appropriate courses of action

In addition to the primary learning objectives, you will also be able to confidently,

  • Describe the ethical dilemmas to avoid when engaging in gender health evaluations and writing referral letters
  • Select the appropriate type of referral given the complexity of a client’s gender presentation
  • Provide the appropriate and effective medical referral when necessary, integrating the SOC8

The agenda is in Pacific Time

8:00 – 9:30

  • WPATH Standards of Care, version 8 vs version 7
  • Ethics of writing referral letters and scope of practice
  • How to integrate the new chapters
  • Working with multidisciplinary team/ Letters vs Notes

9:30 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 12:00

  • Gender Dysphoria & Gender Incongruence
  • Letters for Adults vs Adolescents
  • Content of top notch letters
  • Evaluating Medical Necessity
  • The Role of Diagnoses

12:00 pm – 1 pm – Meal break

1:00 – 2:30

  • Using Gender Health Evaluations to write referral letters/notes
  • Assessing Preparedness
  • Complex Presentations & Comprehensive Assessments
  • Evaluating the capacity to consent/assent

2:30 – 3 pm Break

3 pm – 4 pm

  • Pulling it all together
  • Creating letter templates
  • Q & A

We are introducing this essential day-long Live Interactive Workshop at a 70% discount with one simple payment of $249
*If you are a student or this is inaccessible for you, please feel free to get in touch for other options. Send an email to [email protected].

You can watch the replay at any time. You’ll have lifetime access to this version of the course, even after the price goes up for new attendees.

Of course. If you attend the first session and decide it’s not right for you, then a full refund is issued. After that session, we cannot give a refund, but you’ll retain access to the materials and recordings.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have any concerns or issues with the workshop.

The Interactive Workshop schedule is as follows:

February 24, 2023, 8 am – 4 pm PT/11 am – 7 pm ET

This interactive workshop is primarily for mental health providers (Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors) who work with transgender and gender diverse clients seeking gender affirmative care and want to update their practices to integrate the SOC8 in their evaluations and medical referrals. Medical providers are also welcome, but the focus will be geared toward mental health providers. Since this is an intermediate learning experience, this workshop is not for you if you don’t have the introductory knowledge of gender identity – the gender 101 basics.

Contact us at [email protected] if you have questions prior to joining. We want you to be successful and can point you in the right direction even if this isn’t a good fit.

Yes. There are 5 hours of CE credit available for this workshop. Certificates of completion are provided through the Gender Health Training Institute.

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.

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in at the beginning of the program, attended the entire workshop, and completed an evaluation to receive CE credit and a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be sent to you following course completion.

Certificates will be emailed to you following course completion. If you don’t receive it, contact [email protected].

Absolutely!

Bonus #1
Updated PDF swipe files of letter templates: including letters that trans, non-binary, and gender expansive people often need.

Bonus #2
Access to templates, checklists, and tools to make creating your own SOC8 informed assessments easier.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

JOIN US
February 24, 2023

JUST $249

Register for this intensive, LIVE, step-by-step immersive workshop without risk. Visit us at the first session and If you’re not completely satisfied, write to us and we will make a full refund. We’re that confident you’ll find this learning experience to be all that’s promised and more than you expected.

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