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Parenting the Rainbow: Supporting Families of Transgender Youth


Credit Available - See CEs/Contact Hours tab below.




Description

Course Format

Recorded webinar.


This training will focus specifically on how to work with a variety of families who have a child or adolescent who is transgender. Providers, as well as involved family members, are often unfamiliar with the complex developmental, health, mental health, transition needs for trans youth, as well as challenges faced in various life areas such as school, work, and social activities. When working with trans children, therapists often find themselves navigating two parallel processes: the identity development and marginalizing experiences for the trans child AND building acceptance and affirmative practices within their parents, which is related to significantly reduced suicide risks in trans youth. However, parents may carry generational trauma, internalized colonized gender beliefs, and fear that may impact both their child’s mental health, as well as their relationship with their children. Working with families of trans youth is a challenge that is distinctly more complex than cisgender families.

You will leave this training with a greater understanding and comfort level in working with the families of gender expansive and transgender youth. Key content will focus on:

  • Understanding Transgender Identities & Development
    • Terminology of identity related to sex and gender
    • Biology of gender development
    • Colonized & Decolonized understanding of gender
    • The difference between gender variation and gender dysphoria in children, adolescents, and adults as a matter of diversity, not pathology
    • Affirmation and Transition process
  • Common Reactions in Parents of Trans Youth
    • Early stage denial/fear reactions
    • Mid stage processing reactions
    • Late stage pride/advocacy
  • Common Identity Intersections
    • Neurodivergence
    • Queer/Trans Parents
    • Ethnicity
    • Trauma
    • Religion
    • Generational Trauma
  • Multiculturally competent best practice and evidence-based practice for working with families of trans youth
    • Preparing Self for Work with Trans families: Building Self-Awareness & Reducing Bias
    • The “Diagnosis” & Family Shock: Providing Psychoeducation on Trans Masking & Development
    • Teaching a Gender Affirming Approach to Parents
    • Familial Denial & Fear: Using Person-Centered Practices to Create Space for Parents
    • Teaching Boundaries & Parallel Process Support
    • Teaching Active Listening & Building Empathy
    • Providing Psychoeducation
    • Recovering from Family Conflicts & Mistakes (Deadnaming, Misgendering)
    • Mediating in Individual & Family Therapy
    • Using Liberation Psychology Techniques
    • Loss of Social Supports
    • Divorce & Custody Issues
    • Unmasking Impact – When Parents Gender Identities Shift with Their Children
    • Teaching Families to Be Advocates for Their Child
    • Connecting Families into Trans Parents’ Networks
    • When Families won’t budge: Where do you draw the line?
    • Legal & Ethical Components of Identity Management

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the terms related to gender, gender expansiveness and transgender identities;
  2. Differentiate the behavioral health needs in the parallel process of transgender youth and their families;
  3. Identify intersectional demographics that can impact the therapeutic process;
  4. Use best practices to support and educate involved family members in individual and family therapy.

Research:

Target Audience: Social workers, mental health counselors, case managers, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists, addictions professionals, psychologists, and other interested parties.

Customer Service

We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.


CEs/Contact Hours


NYSED LMSW & LCSW CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education 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 #SW-0001. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 6.75


NYSED LMHC CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0008. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 6.75


NYSED LMFT CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0007. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 6.75


NYSED LCAT CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0003. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 6.75


NYSED PSY CEs/Contact Hours

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0062. Continuing education Self-Study contact hours: 6.75


ASWB ACE approved continuing education

University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education, #1773, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/23/2022 - 02/23/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 5.75 continuing education credits.


UBSW - NYS OASAS

NYS OASAS Provider #0045: 6.75 hours for CPP & CPS Initial Section 1; CASAC, CPP & CPS Renewal.


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Handouts

Trainer

Misty Ginicola (She/They), Ph.D., LPC, CYA-RYT-200's Profile

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Misty M. Ginicola, Ph.D., LPC, is a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the Counseling and School Psychology department at Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Yale University in 2006, where she specialized in children’s mental health. Dr. Ginicola also works with Queer and Trans youth and adults in her private practice, Walk in Balance Counseling. Her personal and professional experiences intersect in counseling and advocating for marginalized populations, including BIPOC, neurodivergent, and queer and transgender folx, among others. Among her numerous publications on these issues, Dr. Ginicola’s 2017 book ‘Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People’ is a quintessential counseling resource for therapists. She also created an online blog publication and community called Raising Real on Medium. Dr. Ginicola is queer and genderfluid, works with families of trans youth in her practice, is connected with a wide network of parents of queer and trans youth across the globe, and is a parent of two trans children.


Agenda

  • Understanding Transgender Identities & Development
  • Common Reactions in Parents & Identity Intersections
  • Highlight on a Trans Family: Zoom interview with Parent of a Trans Child
  • Multiculturally competent best practice and evidence-based practice for working with families of trans youth
  • Providing Multiculturally Competent Best Practice Continued

Self-Study Equipment Requirements

Required Hardware
- A computer (desktop/laptop) or mobile device (smartphone/tablet).
- Speakers/headphones/earbuds

Internet Connection
- A stable Internet connection of 56K or greater is required. (However, please note that a 56K connection may degrade the quality of your experience.)

Any questions about these requirements or other technical questions can be directed to sw-ce@buffalo.edu.

Self-Study Course Access

Upon successful registration of the course, including receipt of payment, you will be able to access the course materials. 

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Completion Requirements

Self-Study Completion Requirements 

In order to receive a certificate of completion for this course participants must complete the following.

Please note all requirements can be found in your UBCE21 portal

- Watch the video(s) in it's entirety. 

- After the training, take and pass the quiz with a score of 80% or higher. Participants have three chances to pass the quiz. You can access the quiz by clicking on the "Evaluation and Certificate" button for this course. 

- After the training, complete the evaluation by clicking on the "Evaluation and Certificate" button for this course.

The certificate of completion will be immediately generated in your account upon completion of all course requirements. Certificates may be downloaded, printed, or left in your account.

Self-Study Cancellation Policy

Self-Study Courses: Participants have up to 72 hours from purchase to contact the Office of Continuing Education by email and request a refund.

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