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Working with Diversity in Gender and Identity Expression - A One Day Workshop for Health Professionals and Support Workers

Event Details
Date: 15th Nov 2019
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 7

Standard fee $288

Student and new graduate rates available

Organiser: The Professional Development People
Further information

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

Learning outcomes

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Know how to respond to clients with diversity in gender identity and/or expression.
  • Understand the suitability of various approaches for an array of clients.
  • Have an awareness of the demands on professionals who work with the trans community.

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

Park Regis
293 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000

15 November 2019

9:15am - 4:30pm


Standard fee $288

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.
Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here


Register by clicking here

Ph: 1300 887 622

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers