Trans-centered Clinical Social Work: Exploring Cissexism and Use of Self in Trans-Affirming Care

 

 

WEBINAR | Wednesday, January 27, 2021, noon - 1:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Damon Constantinides, M.S.W., Ph.D.
CEs: 1.5 CEs are available for social workers and psychologists for a $5 fee. 
Level: Intermediate

This workshop will introduce trans-centered care as an active model of practicing towards a world that centers justice and healing. Trans-centered care challenges therapists to shift foundational perspectives of gender that are rooted in mainstream Western culture, to create a clinical experience for transgender and gender non-conforming people (TGNC) that centers and lifts their own experiences and realities. Participants will be asked to practice personal reflection and curiosity regarding their own gendered experience and gender identity. We will also discuss use of self as a therapeutic tool and take a deep dive into cissexism both as a concept and an action. Knowing and understanding your own gender story provides an essential tool to identifying counter-transference when working with TGNC clients. Cissexism is an often unexamined part of each of our gender stories for both TGNC and cisgender social workers. Cissexism refers to the cultural belief that cisgender identities are normal and TGNC identities are other. It’s a belief woven into the fabric of our culture and shows up in our clinical spaces. Seeing and identifying cissexism allows social workers to create spaces and services that are truly trans-centered and affirming. This workshop is for clinicians of all gender identities and centers trans voices and experiences.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers.

Course Delivery Method and Format: 

Synchronous webinar with lecture and Q&A

Registration Fee and Deadline:

Regular Registration by January 26 $39
CEs: 1.5 CEs are available for social workers and psychologists for a $5 fee. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define trans-centered care, cissexism, and cissexual privilege.
  2. Name two ways that cissexism has shown up in their own practice.
  3. List three resources to support them in providing trans-centered care.

Outline:

  1. Why trans-centered care?
  2. Location of self
    1. Three assumptions when using self
  3. TGNC-affirmative practice
  4. TGNC-centered psychotherapy
  5. Cissexism
    1. Cissexual vs cisgender
    2. Cissexual privilege
    3. Gendering
    4. Cissexual assumption
    5. Cissexual gender entitlement
    6. Cissexual birth privilege
    7. Cisgender privilege checklist
  6. Revisiting trans-centered care
  7. Reflection

Instructor Biography:

Constantinides has a private therapy practice in Philadelphia, PA on colonized land of the Lenape people. He is a white, queer, trans man from a mixed working-class and middle-class background. In his private practice Constantinides provides individual and relationship therapy and supervision. He is faculty for the Advanced Certificate in Trans-Affirming Therapy for Transgender Communities at Widener University and co-author of Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support.

Completion Requirements for Webinars

Webinars (referred to as live interactive webinar by ASWB) are synchronous lectures with a moderated Q&A at the end. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the webinar. For webinars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom and participants must complete an evaluation and successfully pass a post test with a score of at least 80 percent. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to online evaluations and post tests will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the webinar evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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