2017 Workshop Descriptions

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GLAD All Day Gender Marker Drop-in Legal Workshop 
The Connecticut General Assembly has recently amended the process for changing gender markers on birth certificates removing surgical requirements and making the process more accessible. In light of this exciting change, GLAD has trained a number of attorneys in navigating the processes and requirements for updating gender markers on Connecticut birth certificates.  Participants in the legal workshop will have the opportunity meet individually with these attorneys to seek assistance in updating their birth certificates.
 
What can you expect at this legal workshop?
 
· Opportunities to review applications and documentation with attorneys
· Space to ask questions about the process to change gender makers on your CT birth certificate
· To connect with attorneys who are knowledgeable and affirming

Unfortunately, we are unable to address legal concerns outside of those related to updating birth certificates during this workshop. However, GLAD will be available to help connect those with additional questions to resources and information beyond what is covered at the legal clinic. 
 
Have questions? Call GLAD Answers, GLAD's information and legal referral service, for answers to questions about LGBTQ and HIV+ legal issues.  Volunteers are available Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit www.gladanswers.org.


AIDS Testing All Day
The Community Health Center, Inc. will be holding an all-day walk-in testing for AIDS



1) 10 Things Your Transgender Patient Wants You To Know
Tony Ferraiolo
Too often transgender patients do not receive respectful care while in a healthcare setting. From information gathered directly from the transgender youth in Tony Ferraiolo's support groups, Tony will share with you the 10 things that the group wants their health providers to know. Tony's presentation is sure to help you better understand your patients needs.

Objectives:
• Learn what makes transgender patients uncomfortable during an office visit
• Learn ways to make patients feel safe and respected

2) 50 Shades of Coming Out Kinky
Natasha & Elijah Lombardi
With the advent of the 50 shades trilogy, BDSM is becoming more mainstream, but what exactly is BDSM? In this workshop, we will explore the real world of BDSM. What is safe and what is not. What is abuse and how professionals can recognize the difference. During this interactive workshop, various aspects of coming out kinky will be explored. Included will be reasons for coming out, political, health, and social. What are the various levels of the coming out process? As well as what are the effects of the coming out process.

Objectives:
• Define BDSM
• Identify safety strategies of the BDSM community
• Differentiate between kink and abusive behavior

3) Advanced Endocrine Care for Transgender Patients
Kathryn Tierney
This workshop will review advanced endocrine issues in the care of transgender people including post-gender affirming surgery care, long term hormone therapy and fertility issues. Case studies will illustrate specific issues in monitoring, preventive screening recommendations and treatment of various common comorbidities.

Objectives:
Discuss specific issues in post-operative care. 
Review options for fertility before and after hormone therapy.
Discuss common long term health problems that impact transgender patients.


4) All Hands on Deck! Navigating School with a Trans or Gender Non-Conforming Child
Lori Davison
Navigating the rough seas of SCHOOL can be a daunting task, especially when you are, or are the parent of, a trans or gender creative student. Come join this veteran teacher and parent of a transkid as we set our sails towards smoother school waters! We will get to work by: clarifying our goals for the school experience; getting insight into the way that teachers and administrators think, arming ourselves with the power of the law, and identifying and gathering allies and resources. Let this workshop help you organize your thoughts and re-frame your thinking about the school experience.

Objectives:
• identify/clarify goals for school experience
• understand key players/structures of the school and your allies resources available for help
• understand the legal protections in place for trans students

5) Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth
Tony Ferraiolo
Transgender youth have a voice that is rarely heard. Through artwork, trans youth can give voice to their experiences and feelings. Tony will share his experiences working with transgender youth with a slide show of actual drawings created by members of his youth groups Translation and Create Yourself. The drawings are the artistic expressions of answers to questions like What does body dysphoria feel like? and What makes you sad? He will highlight the idea that rather than having issues within one’s own identity, transgender youth are often in a situation where others around them are the ones who have an issue with their gender identity.

Objectives:
• gain a better understanding of what transgender youth experience regarding body dysphoria
• gain a better understanding of other struggles they commonly face
• increase empathy regarding the client’s experience

6) Being Trans and Aging: A Workshop For Trans* Elders And Their Allies
Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
This workshop will be an interactive discussion among participants and the facilitator on both the practical and mundane issues related to aging and the emotional, psychosocial, spiritual issues related to aging. Discussion will touch upon the unique challenges faced by those who came out and/or transitioned years ago, and for those who have come out and/or transitioned during their senior years. The goal is to assist those participants in valuing and honoring the aging process and to embrace the aging process proactively and effectively.

Objectives:
• Learn about emotional & psychological, spiritual challenges of trans aging
• Learn differences/similarities between early transitioning vs. those who transition in their 60's-80's
• Learn some necessary considerations aging people must make to be safe

7) BUT…What do I DO? Best Practices for Supporting Trans and Gender Creative Students
Lori Davison
It seems like it happened overnight! Transgender and gender creative students have been coming out in the news, on social media and in your school! Do you need a useful Tip Sheet for Trans and Gender Creative Students…without getting a PhD in Gender Studies? Join this veteran classroom teacher who has been through the trenches, both as a teacher AND as a parent - and we’ll get familiar with the “whys” and “hows” of this generation’s gender journey, learn about the non-discrimination laws related to gender identity and expression, and feel more confident in being an ally to trans folks.

Objectives:
• Build empathy about “transitioning” and what it means for youth and families
• Understand the basics of how non-discrimination law relates to your gender creative kids at school
• Become more confident in being an ally to transgender people

8) Change it Up: Political Advocacy and Civic Action 101
Patrick Comerford
Our current political climate has activated folks across our state like never before, and the need for political action is more urgent than ever before. But how do we go about it and what does civic engagement really mean? Join organizers from Planned Parenthood to talk about political advocacy 101! Using examples of current legislation, we'll dig into how the CT state legislature works, the basics of how to lobby around a bill, and why political action makes such a big a difference.

Objectives:
• Understand how the CT state legislature works
• Learn the basics of how to lobby around a bill
• Understand why political action makes a difference

9) CT Law: Gender Identity and Expression
Alix Simonetti
The session will cover the following areas:
General discussion of the Law providing protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.  (Public Act 11-55)
Explanation of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) as the state agency that processes complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation, credit, and other areas (e.g.: Bullying in the schools, discriminatory treatment by school administrators). 
Enforcement, Education and Advocacy.
How the CHRO's Discrimination Complaint process works.

10) Ding, Dong, the Medical Model is Dead!
Dallas Denny
From the 1950s to the 1990s trans identities and transitions were controlled and constrained by a medical model of transsexualism that viewed gender variance as a form of mental illness. The second half of the 1990s saw its decline as alternative models arose that introduced new terminology and did not pathologize people for their gender identities and presentations. How did this medical model arise? What literature did it produce? How and why did it decline? How did living under it affect us, and the professionals who wanted to help us? Who are the reactionaries who still defend it? What are the models that have replaced it? How did it affect the life of this presenter?

Objectives:
• Learn about the origin and decline of the medical model of transsexualism
• Learn about the healthy transgender models 
• Discuss the impact of these models on transgender terminology, identity, and treatment.

11) Experiencing and Learning the True Meaning of Inclusion
Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
This past election cycle presented the Trans Community with tremendous challenges. Fear has run rampant, and some of us have become victims in the sudden increase in anti-transgender bias crimes. Some of us voted for President Trump, and many of us did not. Like other marginalizations in the Trans Community, how do we learn to put every one of us - with love and respect - in this circle called Community and learn to listen, to care for and embrace each other in our diversity? The presenter offers the beginnings of a loving and respectful dialogue among the marked political poles in our Community.

Objectives:
• Learn the basic skill of active listening
• Explore non-violent communication
• Experience the work of embracing others who are truly different from ourselves

12) Families in Transition
Irwin Krieger
This is an interactive workshop for family members of gender nonconforming children and transgender teens and adults. Gender difference affects the whole family, including parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family, as well as the children of adults who transition. The group will look at the wide range of challenges families face when one member affirms a transgender identity or makes a gender transition, and the growth that often follows. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Objectives:
• Reflect on the range of experiences for family members when an individual transitions
• Share their own family’s struggles and joys
• Benefit from hearing about other families’ experiences

14) Family Therapy for Transgender Youth
Irwin Krieger
Therapy for the families of transgender youth includes a number of interwoven elements. The therapist provides an evaluation of the youth’s gender identity and mental health while also helping the parents address their fears and concerns about their child’s affirmation of transgender identity. The goal is to then bring everyone together to reach a shared understanding that illuminates the best path forward for this youth and family. This workshop is for mental health clinicians who already have a basic understanding of transgender identities and youth transition steps.

Objectives:
• Develop a structure for helping the families of transgender youth
• Understand some of the interactions between mental health problems and gender identity challenges
• Address parents’ fears and concerns about their transgender teen or young adult child

15) From Consult to Surgery: A guide of “What do I do now?”
Kaylee Zheng
This workshop is to provide a method to those seeking surgery and/or parents of those seeking surgery on how to plan for the big day. The workshop will delve into topics such as when to schedule certain events and milestones, how to coordinate with providers, and how to communicate with different providers effectively.

Objectives:
• Have a general understanding of the timeline leading up to surgery
• Have an awareness of the prerequisites of surgery
• Have an organized method of accomplishing these tasks and milestones

16) HIV Prevention Strategies for Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Individuals
A.C. Demidont
Workshop will evaluate the current epidemiology of the HIV epidemic and it's impact on the TGNC community. Current statistics will be evaluated and discusses as will barrier to HIV prevention care will be analyzed. New HIV prevention strategies will be introduced and discussed.

Objectives:
• learn about the impact of HIV on the TGNC community
• learn about barriers to current HIV prevention strategies and access to care
• Discuss new HIV prevention strategies (PrEP) and sex-positive healthcare


17) How to Advocate For Your Healthcare Needs
Michal Klau-Stevens
Learn the basics of a 10-step system to help you advocate for your healthcare needs in this introductory workshop. You will learn how to identify your personal needs, use medical research to your benefit, exercise your right to informed consent and informed refusal, find your supportive communities, and work more effectively with your healthcare providers. You'll be able to use these tools and techniques immediately to find the care providers who are the best match for your needs, and to get the most personalized care out of an impersonal medical system. This will lead to better health outcomes and to more satisfaction in your interactions with care providers.

Objectives:
• Identify personal healthcare needs to communicate them clearly to healthcare providers
• Understand the right to informed consent and informed refusal of healthcare procedures
• Identify sources of support in personal social circles and in the wider community on and offline

18) Let's Talk About Sex! Helping You Achieve Your Ideal Sex Life While Protecting Yourself and Others
Doug Janssen
Sex is a natural human function and can be vital to our overall physical and mental well-being. Sex-Positive discussions can be a key to achieving a fulfilling sex life while maintaining the health of every person involved in the encounters. The workshop will include background on HIV/HepC and other sexually transmitted infections and how to provide protection for yourself and all your partners, including Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), condom usage, sero-sorting, and other new and inventive safer sex practices. This session will be interactive in nature so bring your questions, suggestions, and imagination.

Objectives:
• Evaluate current sex practices and goals for an ideal sex life
• Feel more comfortable discussing their sex lives
• Have a basic understanding of HIV and other STIs

19) Makeup Basics for Trans Females
Stana Horzepa
Putting on your face can be a cosmetic calamity if you don't have a roadmap. This workshop provides guidance and tips for the transgender female on how to successfully navigate the world of cosmetics so that she can start looking like the female she really is.

Objectives:
• How to look like a female, not a drag queen nor a man in a dress
• How to apply cosmetics in an orderly and timely manner
• How to expand your knowledge regarding the successful application of cosmetics

20) Mental Health Concerns in Transgender Populations: Complex Case Presentations
Faria Kamal
Transgender and gender non-conforming youth face unique challenges and often struggle to find affirmative mental health care that appropriately addresses their complex concerns. This expert panel of trans-centered providers in pediatric mental health will discuss three complex cases, focusing on youth struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, psychosis, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Each case presentation will include assessment and treatment of gender-related concerns and how treatment provided was tailored to trans-specific elements of the client’s presentation.

Objectives:
• Discuss mental health difficulties in trans populations from a developmental perspective
• Review mental health assessment and screening recommendations for trans children and adolescents
• Provide clinical case examples

21) Message for Schools: Getting Your [stuff] Together
Bill Howe
After 20 years of being in civil rights compliance and auditing of schools and handling hundreds of complaints, the presenter will provide a template for school administrators and educators on how to be in compliance with civil rights laws and how to best handle complaints. When complaints are addressed they are often poorly managed leading to negative publicity from the press, damaged relationships with parents and demoralized faculty, staff and students. In this session a step-by-step outline will be provided to help schools get into compliance and educate parents/guardians on how to effectively file complaints.

Objectives:
• School administrators will learn how to be in compliance with civil rights laws
• School administrators and educators will learn how to best handle complaints 
• Parents and guardians will learn how to effectively file complaints and resolve incidents of bias

22) MTF gender affirming surgery: providing a clinical pathway for a successful surgical outcome
Diana Glassman / Meghan Curran
In our workshop we will discuss the team approach we take in providing care to our transgender patients. We will talk about the pre-operative preparations and patient education that we have found to be successful when helping patients navigate their way to surgery. We will also discuss intra-operative and in patient protocols, which provide the patients with a positive experience that enhances their recovery. To complete the experience we have post-operative care, which guides the patient as they recover and return to their lives.

Objectives:
• Establish a welcoming and safe environment for the transgender in the surgical practice setting
• Identify predictors of positive patients outcomes in male to female transgender surgery
• Describe the importance of comprehensive pre and post-operative gender affirming surgery

23) Navigating The Healthcare/Health Insurance Nightmare: A 101
Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
Changes are happening in Trans* Healthcare coverage at a rapid rate: some good, some not so good. Medicare, Medicaid, Self-Insured ERISA Plans, and traditional individual or group heath insurance all have differing approaches to coverage depending upon your employer, your state, your policy, and current regulations in your state and how these compare to the WPATH Standards of Care. This workshop will provide participants a basic overview of how all this works, and how best to approach one’s insurer to gain full access to medically necessary medical interventions for one’s gender transition.

Objectives:
• Know the basics of NYS Health Insurance and Medicaid Policy reforms and know their limitations
• How to change birth certificate without taking hormones or having surgery
• How other northeastern states are doing with the issue of transgender health insurance coverage

24 )Negotiating with Disability
Kailin Doodleboi and Connor Synuates
Ingredients: 2 cups patience, 2 oz open communication channels, and a dash of trust. Instructions: Combine all ingredients and mix for what seems like forever and then sauté over a medium flame until crispy. Recipe makes: 12 dozen Disability Negotiation Cupcakes, limited shelf life. If you've ever honestly wished you had a recipe like this to follow when negotiating with alternative abilities and disabilities in either yourself or those close to you, this class is probably for you. We can't give you a real recipe, but we can give you some tips, tricks, stories, and a safe space to brainstorm and work through challenges.

Objectives:
• Participants will be comfortable discussing disability interpersonally
• Participants will learn several communication methods when interacting with people with disabilities
• Participants will be comfortable discussing their own disabilities/abilities

25) Path to SOGI: Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Information on Patients
Grace Capreol
Community Health Center Inc. (CHC) implemented a standardized approach to collecting sexual orientation and gender identity information on all our patients. We will discuss challenges and successes on the “who what when and where” of data collection in the electronic health record, and the difficulties that arise when the name and gender on the insurance card are different than how the patient identifies. We will present results of the SOGI collection to date, and discuss attitudes and experiences of some staff and patients in response to the administration of the SOGI questionnaire.

Objectives:
• Become familiar with a model of collecting sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) information
• Understand limitations of current electronic health records
• Identify potential challenges that can arise with SOGI collection implementation

26) PFLAG Hartford Parents and Grandparents Support Our Transgender Kids
Nancy Lichtenberg
Sometimes our friends and family members don't know how to talk to us about our transgender kids. They don't always know how to act after a coming out process or transition, and they don't necessarily understand our special concerns for our loved ones. This workshop will be a panel discussion designed to tell our stories in a safe, open space, followed by Q&A. The latter will allow audience members to ask questions in a way that feels comfortable. The workshop will introduce PFLAG and other resources for allies.

Objectives:
• Explore the differences between parenting young gender non-conforming children vs. teens
• Understand the challenges of parenting transgender kids in a culture that views gender as binary
• Feel more comfortable interacting with parents of trans kids

27) PFLAG Hartford Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth Speak Out
Nancy Lichtenberg
This will be a panel of four or five transgender and non-conforming teenagers / young adults. The first half of the workshop will be devoted to the youth telling their stories, and the latter half will be open for Q&A.

Objectives:
• Learn directly from the youth how adults can be helpful to TGNC teens
• Understand that youth today are defining gender outside of the male-female binary
• Recognize the social and medical options available to youth at different ages

28) Primary Care of Transgender Patients
Kathryn Tierney
This workshop will review the specific primary care recommendations for people on cross gender hormone therapy, including hormone therapy algorithms and preventive care. Particular issues related to long term hormone therapy and gender affirming surgeries will be discussed.

Objectives:
List potential barriers to care for transgender patients.
Describe hormone therapy algorithms.
Describe preventive screenings specific to the transgender patient

29) Queering Civil Rights: Queer Theory, Trans* Rights, and Transforming Our Notion of Civil Rights 
Jyl  Shaffer 
Civil rights laws are created or expanded typically due to interest convergence. Historically, marginalized groups have wanted their opportunity to fit into the mainstream, whether that be access to employment, education, or even marriage. The same is true for trans* civil rights advocates, but within trans* advocacy there is also a call for a fundamental shift away from the norm. This presentation will discuss what it means to queer civil rights work.

Objectives:
• Develop a basic comprehension of queer theory and how it applies to civil rights law
• Explore benefits of a queer, trans* civil rights framework for all people
• Identify ways to queer personal spheres of influence and better advocate for trans* civil rights

30) Reproductive Health and Fertility Options for Trans Individuals
Aimee Alphonso
Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals often struggle to identify appropriate and sensitive healthcare services to address their unique set of reproductive concerns. An expert panel of gender-inclusive, trans-centered providers from obstetrics & gynecology, pediatric endocrinology and psychology specialties will discuss the effects of cross hormones, preventive screening recommendations, and current technologies that could be used to preserve fertility. In addition, mental health concerns related to fertility care will be discussed. Information about available services will also be provided.

Objectives:
• Review the effects of hormone therapy on fertility and strategies for retaining fertility 
• Learn about reproductive health screening recommendation and available fertility services
• Communicate with young children/adolescents and parents about fertility goals and choices

31) Serenity Now! Survival Techniques for Parents of Trans, Gender Creative, & Non-Binary Youth
Lori Davison
Parents and professionals will come together in this workshop to find support, resources, and laughter as we share the worries, challenges, and surprises of supporting trans or gender non-conforming kids. Join this teacher and parent who has spent the better part of the last 5 years helping parents on their journey to supporting their transkid. Hear techniques for dealing with the rolling seas of pronouns, name changes, teenagers, medical considerations, faith, safety, family, the media and the neighbors...all the stuff that keep us up at night! Find "Serenity NOW" and hopefully to a good night's sleep! You deserve it!

Objectives:
• Learn about different options for support in the region (and online)
• Explore the variations of experience for trans youth, and live with the uncertainty of outcomes
• Gain confidence in the role of parenting a gender creative child

32) Serving While Trans: Understanding Inclusion and Support for Transgender Military Personnel
Timothy Bussey
Learn about the state of trans inclusion and support in the Armed Forces. Towards the end of the Obama administration, key strides were made towards trans inclusion in the military, and discussions of the support for the medical transition of service members were also underway. This timely presentation will leave attendees with key knowledge about trans inclusion and support over the past few years and how this potentially may change with the guidance of the new administration.

Objectives
• Understand the current state of transgender inclusion and support in the Armed Forces 
• Explore how the Trump administration may change support and inclusion for trans service members
• Understand service members’ access to transition related healthcare services

33) Substance Use and Abuse in Transgender Populations
Erica Preston / Marwan Haddad
Our workshop will describe current research on the prevalence and patterns of substance use in the transgender population, examine risk and protective factors associated with substance use in this population, and discuss implications for prevention.  Our workshop will also discuss the characteristics of transgender people entering substance abuse treatment and the potential need for transgender-specific substance abuse treatment programs.

Objectives:
• Know the prevalence of substance abuse in the transgender population
• Know the risk and protective factors associated with substance abuse in this population
• Understand implications for prevention and the need for trans-specific substance abuse treatment

34) Suicide Prevention Strategies for Trans* People
Richard Stillson, Ph.D.
This workshop will provide an overview of suicide experiences within the trans* community. Risk factors will be identified. Participants will develop an increased understanding of preventative strategies and ways to communicate with individuals who may be at higher risk for taking their own lives. How to create a crisis survival plan will be shared with participants.

Objectives:
• Participants will learn the risk factors for trans* people placing them at higher risk for suicide
• Participants will earn ways to communicate with individuals who may be considering suicide
• Participants will learn how to develop a crisis survival plan with trans* people

35) Thinking of Transition? Who do you include? A conversation about disclosure across generations
Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
Transition does not happen in a vacuum. There is constant tension between the transitioning person's privacy, emotional and physical safety and the necessity of others to be informed. There are the pitfalls and joys of bringing others along in their own transition and the intricacies of being non-binary or genderqueer. The presenter will offer an overview of some of these issues, then open the discussion in a structured way so that participants can share and learn and bring more possibilities to the transition process.

Objectives:
• Learn the benefits of the careful construction of disclosures to increase likelihood of success
• Learn how to gather the necessary information to craft a successful disclosure
• Process the who, what, where, when and justifications for various disclosures

36) Trans 101: What Is Gender And Why Does It Matter?
Donna Warren
Let's start at the very beginning. Is this all overwhelming to you? Do you feel lost in the complicated vocabulary that seems to be constantly changing? Let's learn the basics and review all the proper terms which can become second nature as we support those in transition. This workshop is lead by a parent/trans activist and is most suited for medical professionals, therapists and family members supporting kids or adults newly in transition.

Objectives:
• Understand the vocabulary of transition
• Learn resources for referral and family support
• Understand "what to say" and "what NOT to say" and how to explain to family and friends

37) Trans Discrimination and the Fight for Housing Justice
Salmun Kazerounian

After years of organized effort Connecticut law was changed in 2011 to make it illegal to discriminate in housing based on a person's gender identity or expression, but the trans community's fight for housing justice is far from over.  This workshop will begin with an overview of fair housing laws with a focus on state and federal legal protections for trans people in permanent housing and in shelters.  The remainder of the session will provide a space for folks to share experiences and ask questions, to identify housing issues commonly faced by the trans community, and to develop legal and non-legal strategies for working toward housing equality.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to identify fair housing law on the state and federal level for transgender people.
Participants will be able to identify protections for trans* people.
Participants will be able to identify strategies for working towards housing equality


38) "Trans"-formative Couples Therapy - Common threads in inner and outer work in one couple's case and how it changed the way a therapist views therapy
Paul Levatino
Two women have been married for 20 years.  They met and married as man and wife.  After 15 years, an announcement, and a transition, they became wife and wife. Couples therapy treatment issues are more complicated than employing a “trans-positive” approach and operating within the binary of male/female gender identity and the gay/lesbian/hetero model. In this workshop one couple's case study will be presented, exploring the unique interpersonal and intrapersonal considerations of each member of the couple, and the couple itself.

Objectives:
•Learn and use respectful, inclusive language when working with transgender and gender variant clients
•Identify inter/intra-personal challenges a transgender/gender variant or connected person experiences
•Understand the intersectionality of trans/gender variant therapy with non-trans individuals

39) Understanding Hormone Options for Trans Youth: Risks and Benefits
Priya Phulwani
This workshop is for parents and guardians who are making medical decisions for a child or teen with Gender Dysphoria. In this talk, we will discuss pubertal changes, the effects of puberty blocking treatments and cross hormone medications, and the potential risks and benefits of using (or not using) these medical treatments.
Objectives:
• become familiar with the criteria for diagnosing youth with Gender Dysphoria
• learn about current medical options available for youth with Gender Dysphoria
• understand some risks and benefits of puberty blockers and cross hormones

40) Untangling Healthcare: What You Need to Know, What Your Doc Needs to Know and Why
Susan Boisvert
Lets talk about healthcare: What trans people and their families need to know and why; What providers need to know and why; Why demographics are so hard. Spout off: If you could tell your primary care provider one thing about taking care of you, what would it be and why? If you could tell the Emergency Department one thing about caring for trans people what would it be and why?
Objectives:
• Identify assigned sex at birth specific health screenings every trans person should have
• State three reasons why a healthcare provider might need to know assigned sex at birth
• Communicate more effectively with healthcare providers

41) Using Trans-Friendly Books to Promote Wellness and Resiliency in Youth
Elizabeth Rowell / Thomas Goodkind 
We will share components of resiliency and advocacy that are mental health enhancing and important to work on with young transgender, gender creative, and cisgender children. Suggestions will be provided on what to consider in selecting and using these materials and how to advocate for their inclusion in schools and libraries, while helping teachers and librarians learn about transgender children. All the books discussed will be available for browsing at the end of the session, and handouts will be provided.
Objectives:
•  advocate for and help transgender children navigate different types of bullying 
•  know how transgender friendly picture books can be used to build resiliency and advocacy
•  find and use some of these books right away

42) A Very Brief Treatment for PTSD: Accelerated Resolution Therapy
Dwight Norwood
This workshop will identify the cause and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It will review the currently accepted evidence-based treatments for PTSD, introducing the most recent and effective: Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). ART originated in Connecticut, and was recognized as an evidence-based treatment in 2015. Most transgender people have suffered significant trauma in the process of discovering who they truly are and ART offers the promise of healing in only 3-5. Most clinicians report frequent success with healing trauma from a single event in only one therapy session.

Objectives:
• Know the cause and symptoms of PTSD
• Review the currently accepted evidence-based treatments for PTSD
• Understand effectiveness of Accelerated Resolution Therapy vs. other evidence-based therapies

43) The Vital Role of Religion, Faith, and Spirituality in the Health and Well-being of Trans People
Rev. Aaron Miller
Religious fundamentalism and extremism has become an increasingly dominant voice and continues to shape the culture’s view of religion, alienating people from not only religion but spirituality. In this workshop we will explore the positive role that religion, faith, and spiritual practice can have in the lives of trans people as a pathway to better health and well-being.  Join us for a time of openness...and perhaps discover a way to a fuller and healthier life. Join us for a time of openness...and perhaps discover a way to a fuller and healthier life.

Objectives:
• Understand the effects of religious oppression and discrimination against the transgender community
• Learn the difference between religion and spirituality
• Discover positive ways to explore spirituality through religion, faith, and spiritual practice

44) What (Not?) to Say, and When (Not?) to Say It
Rex Butt
“I love my kid, but how do I show her support when I really want to ring her neck?” “Mom and Dad say they love me, but they can’t even listen to me.” Sound familiar? Open and supportive communication can be a challenge for any family. Mix in the tensions, frustrations, and worries that come with having a transgender child, and we have a formula for a defensive climate that can slam doors and minds shut. Join me for a lively exploration of simple approaches that help families to open doors, minds and hearts. We will explore strategies to help families confront their problems rather than each other.

Objectives:
• gain access to strategies that repair, build, and enhance relationships within a family
• listen openly, and express needs authentically
• create a supportive communication climate, and stop a heated argument in the blink of an eye