Sorry no updates but finishing up my masters and still busy with internship. Just wanted to update to say I will be in LA participating in this mini-symposium at WPATH’s “USPATH” conference, February 3 8-9:30 AM with some other great people. I am focusing my portion of time on how to normalize the conversation between client and provider and some of the obstacles faced on the micro, macro and meso levels (I’m a social worker now… what did you expect?) I thank WPATH for making this happen … I believe this is progress.
“EXPLORING CORE COMPETENCIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS FOR DETRANSITIONING CLIENTS”
Mini-Symposium Outline: People who detransition, retransition or transition back have been on their own to navigate the psychosocial and physical changes of going off of hormones and finding an authentic presentation.Detransitioners might include :People who had to stop their transition for medical reasonsPeople who transition, live as their chosen gender and then determine it was not the correct path.People with trauma issues who feel transitioning was a solution either consciously or unconsciouslyPeople who’s original transition led them to new insights about gender and have decided to move forward in the next step in their journeyPeople who transition back experience a variety of challenges ranging from lack of information about retransition, excommunication from the trans community, being vilified by the trans community, being used politically, and being neglected and ignored by the medical and mental health community. Further, they may be stigmatized as mentally ill, as failed transitioners, or as people who are intentionally trying to harm transgender communities. When they approach providers for help, they often encounter doctors and clinicians who are unfamiliar and have no idea how to provide relevant help or information. Their concerns may be dismissed or seen as momentary stumbles on their path to their affirmed gender identity and they may be encouraged to persist in transition.This workshop will discuss the developing language and clinical frames with which to understand people who transition and then transition back. Clinicians must be comfortable with a compassionately neutral stance, have the experience to contain ambivalence, awareness of trauma and grief issues, must not foreclose the exploration of a variety of issues.
Category: Mental Health: Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Counseling– Adult
Hope all had a great New Year’s!