VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

Unpacking & Contextualizing Gender:
Managing Bias in the Therapeutic Relationship

BUILDING CONFIDENCE AND COMPETENCE AS A GENDER AFFIRMATIVE PROVIDER

FALL 2022

Date To Be Announced

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Take this important and necessary step in increasing your confidence and clarity as a competent gender affirmative provider through understanding your own gender journey and biases that influence your work.

Hello Everyone,

I’m Dr. Shawn Giammattei with the Gender Health Training Institute. If you don’t know me, I’m a clinical family psychologist and a certified mentor/GEI faculty for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health 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.

In my quest to help more mental health providers improve their skills and increase access to care for trans people and their families, I’ve been creating a series of workshops to help providers increase their confidence and competence doing this work.

One often overlooked area of competence, that even seasoned professionals have bypassed, is the person-of-the-therapist work of unpacking and contextualizing our own gender journey and narratives. In my opinion, this is necessary work to genuinely work affirmatively with your gender expansive clients and their families. It is the work that helps you discover your privilege and potential biases that impact your work.

With over 20 years experience teaching graduate level courses, leading workshops for parents and clinicians on exploring their gender, conducting research, and engaging in scholarship on trans health, as well 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 unpacking, contextualizing, and discovering your own gender journey, so you can better understand the biases, both positive and negative, that may influence your work with the trans community.

We are all on a gender journey, whether we recognize it or not.

As clinicians we are navigating a few gender journeys, the first being our own personal journey as a gendered being. If we are the parent or family member of a trans, non-binary or gender expansive person, we also have a TransFamily Gender Journey, and all of us also have a clinical gender journey.

Part of navigating Phase 1 of the Clinical Gender Journey, which is becoming gender informed involves not only understanding the construct of gender, and the experience of trans people and their families,

but also understanding your own personal journey.

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Unpacking Gender Workshop
This is key to understanding your potential biases!

This is true for all clinicians, including this of us who are gender diverse clinicians.

Have you taken the time to unpack your own gender, sexuality, and cultural narratives that influence your work?

When you explore these constructs for yourself, you come to an understanding around gender and sexuality that make it much more difficult to treat transgender people like the “other,” and helps us meet our gender diverse clients in a socioculturally attuned and collaborative way.

For those of us who are gender diverse clinicians, unpacking our gender narratives helps us open to experiences different from our own, understand our clients better, and manage situations when our personal buttons get pushed.

I truly believe understanding our journeys is an ethical imperative for all of us who do this work.

If you’re like me, you got into this line of work to help people live healthy, authentic lives!

Yet, sometimes our own history, experiences, and beliefs can get in the way.

We all hold areas of privilege and marginalization. Our experiences shape how we see the world, how we see our clients, the questions we ask, and what we hold as possible.

Have you ever…

Considered how your own experience of gender, your gender story and the cultural narratives that surround you or you were raised with impact your work with gender diverse clients and their families?

Been concerned about how join with and explore gender stories with gender diverse clients in an affirmative way?

Worried that you may have missed key information, engaged in a microaggression, or asked questions in a way that shuts down your client?

Stuggled with uncertainty or even outright fear that you will do or say the wrong thing when working with gender diverse clients and their families?

Struggled to know the questions to ask (or not to ask), what information is necessary, and what you might be missing when trying to evaluate next steps for your gender diverse client?

Let’s build your confidence in your skills to…

  • competently, ethically, and affirmatively join with your trans, non-binary, gender expansive clients and their families.
  • recognize your own biases and understand their impact on the questions you ask (or don’t ask)
  • evaluate the intersections of identity and cultural narratives that influence your biases (we all have them)
  • develop the tools you need to manage and work with your biases to enhance your therapeutic relationships
  • confidently provide services that meet your client where they are at

At some point, we have all had one or more of these struggles and fears, more often because we were unaware of our stories, experiences, and biases around gender.

Understanding your own gender journey will help you better understand your gender diverse clients and their families, find confidence in the questions you ask, improve your ability to meet your clients where they are, and help families navigate this journey with their loved one.

This is a 2-Day hands-on, experiential training for therapists who work with transgender, non-binary, gender expansive people and their families. It involves key person-of-the-therapist exploration necessary for gender affirmative work involving unpacking and deconstructing your own gender identity, gender development, and cultural narratives around gender, uncovering potential areas of bias and developing tools to manage those in a therapeutic relationship.

You will receive an experiential, first-hand experience of unpacking and deconstructing gender for yourself, interactive discussions to uncover the cultural narratives that influence your beliefs around gender, and a witnessing of the experience of other gender narratives. We will all explore the bias inherent in our beliefs and how to manage and use these in sessions. You will walk away from this workshop understanding acutely the experience of the transgender, non-binary and gender expansive client they work with and the impact of the questions they ask.

What is the cost of this opportunity?

Since this is the first time this will be offered virtually, WE ARE OFFERING THIS AT A MASSIVE SAVINGS!

Normally our two day Live Immersive Workshops, with all the direct guidance and support, cost over $2000. To make this more accessbile, today you’ll save over $1700, and this offer is one simple payment of just…$275.

FALL 2022

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** 9 CE Units Available

How This 2 day Experience Works

We’ll be meeting live over zoom for a total of 9 hours.

Over two days you will deepen your understanding of your clients’ experience and build more clarity and confidence in your gender affirming clinical skills.

You’ll have the opportunity through interactive exercises to unpack, deconstruct, and contextualize your own experience and development of gender. It will include interactive discussions to uncover the cultural narratives that influence your beliefs around gender, and a witnessing of the experience of other gender narratives.

You will explore the bias inherent in your beliefs and discover how to manage and use these in sessions.

DAY 1

Day 1 is all about you and learning your own story and ways it may impact you work with your gender diverse clients and their families. This personal journey is explored along side parents exploring their own gender journeys

DAY 2

Day 2 is a half day of exploring the ways bias shows up clinically and ways to challenge it or work with it in sessions. How to use what you learned what about yourself in your clinical work and monitor any potential negative effects.

We’re going to explore…

Unpacking Gender Workshop
  • The differences between your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and gender roles.
  • Your own gender development and its impact on your understanding of gender for yourself, your kids, and your expectations for clients and their families.

  • The impact of the questions you ask your gender diverse clients

  • The cultural and familial sources that influence your understanding and performance of gender

  • Your personal & cultural gender narratives and their influence on potential negative and positive biases

  • The impact of gender narratives on approaches to parenting and other roles

  • The ability to recognize your biases and utilize tools to counter and manage them.

  • And much more…

You will walk away from this workshop understanding acutely the experience of the transgender, non-binary and gender expansive clients you work with, their families, and the impact of the questions you ask.

Are there bonuses?

YES!

BONUS #1

Lifetime access to a private online discussion group.

BONUS #2

Access to the GHTI Private Network of gender affirming providers

BONUS #3

Templates and tools for unpacking privilege and marginalization

BONUS #4

Lifetime access to the recordings of the didactic portions of this workshop

Here’s What’s Going to Happen Next…

Scroll down and take a look at everything we have planned for this Virtual 2-Day Immersive Workshop.

Then reserve your spot because we are limiting the number of therapists 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 Bootcamp 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ll be meeting on Zoom over the course of 1.5 consecutive days,  March 25-26, 2022. This is an intensive Immersive Workshop where you get to improve your clinical skills with with gender diverse clients and their families through understanding your own gender journeys.  You will have the opportunity to unpack, deconstruct, and contextualize your own narratives and beliefs around gender, understand your own areas of privilege and marginalization, get clarity on the biases you carry and how those could impact your work,  and get feedback from folx you can trust all while collecting CEU’s.

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/director of the Gender Health Training Institute, and 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/Faculty member, and the author of several articles and book chapters on gender, sexuality, and family work.

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

In brief, you will be engaging in experiential exercises over the course of 2 days that will help you uncover, unpack, and deconstruct your personal gender journey, discovering your own story and cultural narratives that influence you, the potential biases that inform your work, tools to manage these, and much more…

Day 1 – Unpacking and Deconstructing Gender: An Intersectional Person-of-the-Therapist Lens.

  • Recognizing diversity of Experience
  • Understanding Gender in Context
  • Understanding Your Gender & Discovering Your Journey
  • Gender Interviewing
  • The Wheel of Privilege and Marginalization
  • Unpacking Cultural Narratives and Influence (small groups)
  • Unpacking Gender Narratives (large groups)
  • The impact of gender & cultural narratives on parents, parenting, and families

Day 2 (1/2 day)– Managing and Working with Bias

  • Review of Unpacking Gender and Its Clinical Usefulness
  • Description of Common & Subtle Biases and Their Impact
  • Uncovering personal bias based on your gender journey
  • Tools and Tactics for Recognizing, Managing, and Using Bias
  • Q&A and Wrap-up

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Explain the differences between your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and gender roles.
  • Describe your gender development and it’s impact on your understanding of gender
  • Evaluate the impact of the questions you ask your clients to understand their gender identity
  • Identify the cultural and familial sources that influenced your understanding and performance of gender.
  • Describe your cultural gender narratives and their influence on potential biases
  • Evaluate the impact of gender narratives on approaches to parenting
  • Identify your positive and negative gender biases and how they impact your work with gender diverse clients and their families.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize biases and utilize tools to counter and manage them.

DAY 1

9:00 – 10:30

  • Introductions and Agenda/Definitions & Maps
  • Recognizing Diversity of Experience Exercise
  • Understanding Gender in Context /Break out
  • Deconstructing Gender Questions

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 1:00

  • Gender Interviews /Break Out
  • Discussion of Experience of Interview
  • Culture and Gender Narratives

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 4:00

  • Uncovering Cultural Stories around Gender
  • Small Group Discussion of Cultural Impact
  • Large Groups Discussion of Gender Narratives
  • The Impact of all of this on parenting
  • Q&A

Day 2

9:00 – 10:30

  • Review Day 1 Exercises & Key Takeaways
  • Descriptions of Biases and their impact
  • Group exploration of uncovering bias /break outs

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 1:00

  • Reports and discussion from breakouts
  • Tools and Tactics for managing bias
  • Q&A and Wrap-up

The total cost for the Unpacking Gender Immersive Workshop is $275.

*If you are a student or this is inaccessible for you, please feel free to get in touch for other options.

You can watch the replay of the recorded material at any time. You can also comment on the videos if you need clarification on a concept even after the live event is over. You’ll have lifetime access to this version of the workshop, even after the price goes up for new attendees.

Yes! There is a dedicated group for you to get real-time feedback. The group is maintained before and for the duration of the Workshop. You’ll be able to post and comment freely during that time. The group will be accessible to participants after the workshop but because of the challenges of responding to posts indefinitely, it will be archived for posting. There will be a channel where you can continue conversations with each other and you’ll always have access to the archived group and all the posted materials there.

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 Immersive Workshop schedule is as follows:

Day #1  March 25th,  from 9am-4:00pm (PT)

Day #2  March 25th,  from 9am-1:00pm (PT)

Lunch on Day 1 is scheduled between 1pm-2pm (PT)

There will be a 30 minute breaks at 10:30am

Although we will do our best to stay on schedule, the exact timing of lunch and breaks may change.

This immersive workshop is for behavioral health providers (Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors) who want to work more closely and confidently with trans, non-binary and gender expansive clients and their families in helping them receive competent gender affirmative care. This workshop is for those providers willing to do the person-of-the-therapist work and take a closer look at themselves as gendered beings and the impact of their biases (both positive and negative) on their work. This workshop is ideal for clinicians at any level (novice, intermediate, advanced) of learning experience.

The nature of this workshop is very personal and every effort will be made to make this accessible and open to exploration. At the same time turning the lens on ourselves has the potential to be uncomfortable.

This workshop is not for you if you are not willing to turn the exploratory lens on yourself. This is very personal work and you need to be able to take care of yourself during the process, but if that means not exploring your own journey, privilege, and marginalization, then this workshop isn’t for you.

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. 9 hours of CE’s and certificates of completion are provided through R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive 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 available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Psychologists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0018. 9 clock hours. Live online.

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.
9 clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.

IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785.
9 CE hours.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 9 contact hours Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
9 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.
9 hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 9 contact hours. Live online.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 9 contact hours. Live online.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
9 clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 9 CE hours.

Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. 9 contact hours. Live online.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0555 for 9 CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, 9 hours general. Expires 3/31/2022.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (515) 476-7597.

Educators
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is 9 CE Hours.

Nurses
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP15554, for 9 contact hours

Dentists
CA: R. Cassidy Seminars is a provider approved by the Dental Board of California as a registered provider of continuing education. RP# 4874 9 CE Hours.

Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Evaluations and Certificates are available by email and online following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

Absolutely!

Bonus #1
Access to a private group with other attendees to deepen your exploration and pose questions.

Bonus #2
Access to templates, exercises, checklists, and tools for unpacking gender narratives, privilege & marginalization, and managing bias.

Bonus #3
Lifetime access to GHTI’s Private Network of Gender Affirming Providers

Bonus #4

Lifetime access to recordings of the didactic portions of workshop

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

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