When seeking care, nothing is scarier to transgender individuals than a provider who’s poorly informed about the issues facing their community. From discrimination and harassment to mental health issues and the process of transitioning, having a clinician who’s informed and affirmative can make a huge difference in ensuring transgender individuals get the help they need, ultimately decreasing the risk of suicide in this population. Through firsthand accounts coupled with clinical information, this workshop will explore how you can be an affirmative provider.
You will also:
Become familiar with terminology as it relates to the transgender and gender non-conforming community.
Understand, communicate, and be able to identify what gender dysphoria is as well as common triggers of this.
Gain an understanding of the psychological, social, and medical process of transitioning.
Recognize suicide as a significant issue in transgender and gender non-conforming mental health as well as possible contributing factors.
Identify the importance of asking and utilizing preferred names and pronouns, particularly as it relates to safety and support in times of risk due to dysphoria.
Recognize 3-5 areas of common clinical concern when working with this population.
Incorporate trans affirmative care into practice.
About Noah: Noah S. Garcia, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with experience providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults as well as group, family, and couple’s therapy. Noah has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, mobile crisis outreach teams, community mental health agencies, and non-profit organizations. Noah is passionate about the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly the transgender and gender diverse community. This passion, combined with his own lived experience as a nonbinary trans man, has fostered the development of an intuitive skill set for compassionate care for his clients. Currently, Noah has a private practice, NextQuest Counseling, PLLC located Austin, TX where he specializes in working with the LGBTQIA+ population with a focus on gender and sexuality as well as mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, issues of identity, grief and loss, family of origin issues, and trauma. Noah also runs the weekly therapy podcast, NextQuest Podcast, which features interviews with Austin area mental health professionals with the hope that these interviews will help assist potential clients in finding a good fit with a therapist. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon/Audible, IHeartRadio, YouTube, and Stitcher.
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