Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities with assessment and letter writing training.

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Schwartz Neurodiversity Services is proud to host via Zoom:

Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities with assessment and letter writing training.

Taught by Van Ethan Levy and moderated by Joel Schwartz, PsyD, of Total Spectrum Counseling on September 10, 2021 from 9AM to 12PM PST, 12PM to 3PM EST. If you cannot make this session, you may sign up and watch the recording after.


This 3-hour course is offering APA approved CEs provided by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and LPCCs.


Group and Student rates available. Email Dr. Joel Schwartz for details (joel.ndservices@gmail.com). Discounts available to those in need. 

Program Description:

Gender is a societal construct that is problematic and has negative emotional, physical and/or psychological impact on people, especially those who fall outside of what is constructed as “normal.” Clients who are trans/nonbinary/gender nonconforming, etc. particularly clients of color and more specifically Black trans folx, are overly misdiagnosed with mental health issues due to the lack of cultural competency and cultural humility. In this training, we will deconstruct gender constructs through a trauma informed lens, while learning how to identify and eradicate our own internalized biases, in order to create safer spaces for clients who identify within and/or are exploring their trans identity.

This workshop provides mental health professionals with tools on how to assess and write a letter for trans/non binary/non-conforming and/or many more non cis clients for surgery/hormones/name change/gender marker change and more in one session.  Participants will also learn trauma informed ways to engage with the trans/non binary/non conforming/ and many more identities. Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of knowledge and accessible tools to assess and write a letter for clients so that the client can gain access to affirming care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Clinicians will be able to assess clients and write letters in order to increase access to affirming procedures for trans/non binary and/or many more non cis clients after one session with client.
  2. Learners will be able to define internalized/externalized transphobia and describe 3 ways in which they manifest.
  3. Learners will describe 3 ways in which a clinician can create a space that is more affirming to trans clients.

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.”

Learn more about  Van Ethan Levy and Dr. Joel Schwartz here

For questions, email Dr. Schwartz at joel.ndservices@gmail.com

About Total Spectrum Counseling

Sometimes life's challenges seem insurmountable. We are constantly growing, learning, evolving; today is merely the scaffolding for your next self. At Total Spectrum Counseling, we are passionate about the art and science of psychotherapy.