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Affirmative practice with trans* and gender diverse people AND Working with trans* and gender diverse individuals in clinical practice

Event number: 18913
7 CPD hours
Workshop
Presenter(s): Dr Tushara Wickramariyaratne – 2016 Churchill Fellow

People with diverse gender identities make up a significant part of the Australian population. A disproportionate number of trans* and gender diverse individuals experience worse health outcomes than their cisgender peers in a range of areas, in particular mental health and suicidality, which are believed to be primarily related to discrimination and exclusion. Where differentiated data is available, it indicates that trans* people experience worse mental health than possibly any other community in Australia. 

Given the disproportionately high rates of psychological distress experienced by trans* and gender diverse individuals, clinical psychologists must develop inclusive and affirming clinical practice to create a therapeutic relationship within which the wellbeing of trans* and gender diverse clients can be enhanced.

 

Two workshops are offered, please register to attend one or both

 

Workshop 1.

 

Affirmative practice with trans* and gender diverse people

 

This workshop will focus on developing an understanding of and sensitivity to gender diversity, including understanding the challenges experienced by trans* and gender diverse individuals across intersectionalities such as age, race and socioeconomic status. This workshop will be suitable for a general audience and will be recommended for individuals wanting to build their capacity in working with trans* and gender diverse individuals.

 

Workshop 1. Learning outcomes

  • Building understanding of gender identity as separate but related to sexual orientation.
  • Developing understanding of the range of gender identities that make up human diversity.
  • Exploring the challenges faced by trans* and gender diverse individuals and its impact on health and wellbeing.
  • Developing a validating approach to trans* and gender diverse people.

Workshop 1. CPD hours: 3.5 hours

Workshop 1. Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

 

 

Workshop 2.

 

Working with trans* and gender diverse individuals in clinical practice

 

The second and more advanced workshop will be designed for a clinical audience, preferably those already working with or seeking to increase their work with trans* clients. It will explore areas including: developing culturally sensitive assessment skills, increasing awareness of specific clinical considerations including specific care across the lifespan, exploring the role of the therapist, and learning how to facilitate access to medical interventions where indicated. It is recommended that attendees of this workshop also attend the first workshop. However, individuals who have attended previous presentations offered by Tushara (or an equivalent) will also be eligible to attend this second workshop.

 

Workshop 2. Learning outcomes

  • Building confidence in providing culturally sensitive assessment (including for medical intervention).
  • Developing an understanding of the process of medical transition in Australia and the ACT.
  • Understanding comorbidities and specific clinical considerations related to lifespan.
  • Exploring different role of the clinician and how to navigate this within a therapeutic relationship. 

Workshop 2. CPD hours: 3.5 hours

Workshop 2. Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

About the presenter(s)

Dr Tushara Wickramariyaratne is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Her area of interest and experience is working with people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities for a range of issues, in particular, providing support to trans* and gender diverse individuals and liaison with other health professionals to facilitate access to medical care. Tushara’s other area of interest is the psychological wellbeing of older adults. She has extensive experience working with older people and their families in the community and in residential aged care facilities, for mild to severe presentations. Tushara is a 2016 Churchill Fellow and has travelled to Canada, the USA, the Netherlands and Denmark to research models of psychological care for older trans* and gender diverse people.

Notes

Places are limited for both workshops so early registration is essential.
Workshop 1: 24 participants
Workshop 2: 12 participants – In case of high demand, an additional workshop will be scheduled at a later date.

Catering:
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
Lunch is not provided, however fridge and microwave facilities are available, and the ANU has a pop-up food van village available a short walk from the workshop venue.

Online registration

Acton

Room 2.01 - Peter Baume Building (42A), Australian National University
Linnaeus Way
Acton, ACT 2601
Australia
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 14/10/2017
End date: 14/10/2017
Time: Workshop 1: 9.00am – 12.30pm Workshop 2: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Cost

Attendance at one (first or second) workshop:
CCLP member $100
APS member: $125
APS student member: $75
Non APS member: $ 150

Attendance at both workshops. A discount of $50 applies to people wishing to attend both workshops:
CCLP member $150
APS member: $200
APS student member: $100
Non APS member: $ 250

Organiser

APS - College of Clinical Psychologists - ACT
Contact Sara Quinn
0468 822 075