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Transgender Client Care with Max Rorty, LCSW (1.5 CE hours)

  • 10 Jun 2016
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Acacia Counseling & Wellness 948 Embaracadero Del Norte Goleta, CA 93117
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Transgender people self ­report negative experiences with mental health and general health providers at a much higher rate than their cisgender (non­transgender) peers.

This presentation is designed to support clinicians who are uncertain about how to interact with potential transgender or gender queer clients. The goal of the presentation is to reduce clinician anxiety and increase clinician flexibility by familiarizing care providers with appropriate terminology, demographic collection practices, and techniques for developing rapport with transgender or gender queer clients.

The training will begin with an overview of the differences between sex, gender and gender presentation. Terminology will be clarified, including transman, transwoman, genderqueer, gender non­conforming and non­binary, personal pronoun preference and more. The importance of asking questions and apologizing for misrecognition and mistakes will be discussed, and the presentation will demonstrate how to craft an effective apology that promotes the development of clinician­-patient rapport. The presentation will also include an emphasis on youth care, including supporting positive mental health outcomes for transgender youth, possible medical interventions, etc.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

            1.  Distinguish between sex, gender and gender identity and sexual preference; 

            2.  Introduce themselves using their own personal pronoun preference and ask for another person’s pronoun preference;

            3.  Develop a demographic collection tool that fits their practice goals while respecting trans and queer identity categories;

            4.  Demonstrate good apology technique.

Bio: Max Rorty is an educator, author, and cis advocate for transgender youth and their families. She is the founder of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network (SBTAN). Max speaks to health care providers, schools, and universities about transgender sensitivity and best practices for educators and clinicians. Information regarding SBTAN trainings for institutions, educators and clinicians can be found at

Timed Outline:

5:15-5:30 pm: Greet, sign in and socialize

5:30-5:35 pm: Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

5:35–6:45 pm: Presentation focusing on the above objectives

6:45-7:00 pm: Q&A and Evaluations

Directions to venue will be emailed with Registration.

1.5 CE hours available for California-licensed Psychologists, MFTs and LSCWs

CPA is co-sponsoring with the Santa Barbara Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.


SBCPA Continuing Education Committee

Attendees will be able to:

  • 1.   Identify ways to be active participants in their patients’ primary health care teams, being attuned to key preventive health strategies and learning ways to legally and ethically communicate with other healthcare professionals with this goal in mind.  
  • 2.   Become familiar with the biopsychosocial model of medical illness and develop a working understanding of the impact illness/injury can have on the individual and family.
  • 3.   Demonstrate specific ways in which inner strengths, resilience, and acceptance can be fostered in patients facing life-altering physical diagnoses through evidence-based psychotherapy.
  • 4.   Consider personal countertransference issues with respect to end of life issues and explore how these can be recognized and used in individual and family therapy.

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