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Transgender & Gender Non-Binary (TGNB) Adult Clients: Culturally-Competent Strategies Every Clinician Should Know

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Are you working with clients who are questioning their gender identity, already out in the community, possibly living a stealth life, or have just recently come to the realization that they are transgender? Or maybe you are curious about working with this population though feel unsure because you’re unfamiliar with the unique terminology and clinical needs? This course is for you!

Gender therapist Dianne Gottlieb, MS, LMFT, will show you how to create a safe and respectful therapeutic environment in which clients can navigate their way through their very personal transition process on the way to living an authentic life.

In this workshop, she will share over 15 years of clinical experience along with her uniquely personal story how she learned first-hand what compassion, respect, and acceptance truly mean for an individual who identifies as transgender. Leave behind your preconceived ideas about what is masculine and feminine and open your heart and mind to developing an understanding of what it is like to not adhere to the traditional binary concept of gender.

This information-packed seminar will leave you with the confidence to implement effective treatment strategies for working with transgender and gender non-binary adult clients.

Don’t miss out on the chance to expand the clinical populations you serve, sign up today!
  1. Develop an understanding of a non-binary gender spectrum and the latest gender terminology as it relates to clinical practice.
  2. Conduct a psychosocial evaluation to assess gender dysphoria and possible co-existing disorders in clients.
  3. Create a gender-affirming intake form and office environment to improve clinical outcomes.
  4. Identify personalized transition goals and create timelines to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  5. Prepare letters for clients seeking hormone therapy, gender-affirmation surgeries, and legal changes.
  6. Evaluate the potential gains and losses of transitioning for purposes of client psychoeducation.

  • Confusing sex with gender
  • Multiple roles of ally, resource, educator, & advocate
  • Using a Gender-Affirming Therapy Model
  • Create a TGNB inclusive intake form & office environment
  • Respectful gender-appropriate language
  • Gender identity and gender expression
  • Possible causes of Gender Dysphoria
  • Consider intersex condition
  • Challenge the binary gender spectrum
  • Learn the latest gender identity terminology
  • Working with gender questioning clients
  • Critical assessment questions
  • When to diagnosis Gender Dysphoria
  • Effectively assess for co-existing mental health disorders
  • Evaluate for suicidality & self-harm
  • Identify supportive individuals
  • Explore feelings of internalized transphobia
  • Transphobia 
  • Prepare a safety letter
  • Microaggressions & systemic discrimination
  • Intimate partner violence & HIV
  • Sexual orientation and the TGNB client
  • Genital dysphoria and sexual activity
  • Reframing sexual organs
  • Non-medical transition steps
  • Create a transition timeline
  • Who, when, and how to tell others
  • Help families process the news
  • Create a support system
  • Therapist’s role as a “Gatekeeper”
  • Informed Consent Model of treatment
  • WPATH Standards of Care
  • Prepare letters for hormone therapy and gender-affirmation surgeries
  • Basics of gender-affirming surgeries and effects of cross-gender hormones
  • Prepare clients for legal name, gender marker, & birth certificate changes
  • Impact on love relationships, family and friends, and changing roles
    • Dating as your true self
  • Potential loss of relationships, housing, employment, religion
  • Changes in societal status and privilege
    • Incorporate old self with new self
  • Grieving process due to changes
  • Unique impact of transition on the older client
  • Looking at the impact of transition years later
  • Referral resources in the medical community
  • Local and national TGNB-friendly resources
  • WPATH’s Global Education Initiative: The Path of Certification
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Dianne Gottlieb, MS, LMFT, gender therapist, has been working with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and their families for over 14 years. She is dedicated to being a resource and advocate for her clients and is a respected educator of therapists and medical professionals in Arizona.

A former film studio publicist and national television producer, Dianne has a private practice in Scottsdale, where she specializes in gender therapy, premarital counseling, love relationship problems, life and career transitions, self-esteem issues, and LGBTQ counseling.

A graduate of Seton Hall University with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a past board director of the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. For 9 years, Dianne also taught college courses in Abnormal Psychology and the Psychology of Human Sexuality.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dianne Gottlieb is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dianne Gottlieb is a Clinical Fellow for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; and the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Speaker is the ex-wife of an individual who identifies as transgender.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Massachusetts Counselors: CE credit is available. This program has been approved for 6.0 Category I MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 04/02/2021. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Massachusetts Marriage & Family Therapists: This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.0 contact hours.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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