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SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH GENDER DIVERSITY. Understanding and effectively responding to clients in health care/support settings

Event Details
Date: 7 Aug 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

* Also available as a live webcast on the 6th November 2020 click here

This seminar aims to enhance counselling practitioner’s knowledge, sensitivity and awareness for working with transgender people. Some of the topics covered will be; awareness of language when referring to trans people, scales of sex and gender, the current DSM gender dysphoria diagnosis, referral requirements for treatment and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health standards. Specifically, this training addresses background information, terms & definitions, diagnosis criteria, the prevalence of gender diversity & aspects of assessment. This training also includes the different approaches required depending on the age of the client and the various treatment options available to each including the necessary referrals where indicated. Through teaching, videos and, individual and group activities participants will explore influences on gender and identity, the challenges trans people face and the impact of society on gender identity development and expression. This workshop is designed to provide a necessary basis for understanding the diversified and unique needs of the trans community and seeks to improve practitioners’ personal awareness regarding gender and identity and develop skills and competencies for working with trans youth and adults.

Learning objectives

  • Developing sensitivity regarding the terms and language used by and with people presenting with diversity in gender identity and/or expression.
  • Recognising diversity in gender identity & expression and respond appropriately.
  • Identifying the needs of trans clients
  • Addressing the challenges and pressures trans people face.
  • Understanding the demands on practitioners working with trans people.
  • Being aware of the different approaches required for children, adolescents & adults.

Presenter details

Dr Elizabeth Anne Riley is a Sydney-based counsellor and clinical supervisor specialising in gender identity. Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, a Graduate Diploma and Masters, in Counselling and a PhD titled ‘The needs of gender variant children and their parents’. Elizabeth provides gender specific support and counselling for children, youth & their parents. Elizabeth delivers professional development in gender diversity for schools, clinicians and other service providers and has many publications in the area of gender identity with another three book chapters in press. She has published and presented papers and workshops, both locally and internationally, in the areas of Gender Identity, Sexuality, Ethics & Supervision. Elizabeth is a media spokesperson on behalf of the transgender community and appears regularly in the media. Appearances include SBS World News, 60 Minutes, Insight, The Project, A Current Affair & Heads Up. Elizabeth is a Clinical registrant of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and a professional clinical member of the Australian and World Professional Associations for Transgender Health (ANZPATH & WPATH). Elizabeth was the Ethics Chair for PACFA from 2013 – 2016.

Location and date

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

7 August 2020

9:15am - 4:30pm

* Also available as a live webcast on the 6th November 2020 click here


Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here


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