Supporting Our Transgender Clients: Re-Evaluating Best Practices
WelcomeAs you settle into thespace, please think aboutthe following question What values and beliefs guide yourpractice with clients?and write your ideas onthe newsprint provided.
Supporting Our Transgender Clients:Re-Evaluating Best Practices Sponsored by: RU12? Community Center Vermonters Ending Transgender Oppression (VETO) Vermont Diversity Health Project UVM Social Work Department
IntroductionsWhen you introduceyourself, please includeyour: –Name –Pronouns –Agency –What you hope to leave with today
OverviewIntentions• Create space to question all aspects of practice• Develop a lens for critical analysis of practice with transgender clients• Provide an opportunity to network with other providers• Inspire interest in further learning and community buildingUse of the word transgender• Intended as an umbrella term to refer to non-binary gender identities. Not all transgender clients will use this language, seek transition, or wish to discuss their gender identity in therapy
OverviewAgenda• Guiding Principles• Affinity Group Exercise• Experiential Exercise• Small Group Discussion• Break• Large Group Discussion• Small Group Exercise• ClosingParking Lot• Resources regarding topics/questions placed in the parking lot will be emailed to you
Guiding Principles• Keep an open mind• One person talks at a time• Step up, Step back• Critique ideas, not people• Assume best intentions and educate each other• Protect the safety of the space• Take care of yourself• Manage your electronics• Honor the clock• Have fun• Challenge by choice• Safety to pass• There are no stupid questions, ask• Ask permission before providing feedback
Affinity Groups1. Think about the functions and responsibilities of the prompted role in the context of the therapeutic relationship.2. Discuss the prompt with your group.3. Then, as a group, reflect your collective ideas and discussion onto paper using words and/or drawings.
Sticker Exercise Withoutspeaking, organize yourselves into groups. Use the stickers on your foreheads as a guide.
Sticker Exercise• What was it like to have a one- color dot?• What was it like to have a two- color dot?• How did you find your own group?• How did you help others find their group?• How might this experience be a metaphor for transgender people who access mental health services?
What values andbeliefs guide your practice with transgender clients?Explore this question in yourgroup, and write down some of theideas that guide how you engage inpractice with transgender clientsand clients with other non-binarygender identities.
Discussion• What do you notice is similar between the two lists?• What do you notice is different between the two lists?• What might account for the differences?• How are the differences useful in supporting transgender clients?• How are the differences problematic in supporting transgender clients?
Critique ofExisting Guidelines• Explore the guidelines provided to your group• Using the lists and discussion as a guide, work with your group to identify aspects of the guidelines that are empowering to transgender clients, as well as aspects that may be problematic• Highlight empowering language in one color, and problematic language in another