Course Overview

In the current climate, it is often necessary for folks in the Transgender community to request support from a Social worker, Psychologist, or other Mental Health Professional (MHP) when it comes to transitioning.   It can be difficult to know what to do or even where to start to be sure that the proper care is being given at any given time.  This session is an overview of what types of medical procedures may require a letter or evaluation from a MHP and where to find the most current guidelines on how to support someone in their transition.  How do I make sure the person is set up for success in their transition?  How do I discuss the possible emotional risks if a procedure does not produce the desired results?  What do I do if I do the assessment and I do not believe the individual is ready to transition?  This and more can be discussed here. 

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (1.0), MCBAP-S (0.0), Mi-CEC (0.0), Nursing (0.0)
This module has been designed to conform to the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards.

Topics Covered

  • LGBTQ terminology
  • Transitioning
  • Social Transition
  • Medical Transition
  • Coming out
  • Gender affirming care
  • Letters of support for gender affirming surgery
  • Ethical considerations, expectations, and risk

Course Objectives

  1. Define transitioning.
  2. Explain what the current best practices are for supporting someone transitioning.
  3. Write a letter of support to a medical doctor for someone seeking gender affirming surgery.
  4. Understand the ethical expectations, risks, and support for someone in transition.
  5. Locate additional trusted, vetted resources.

What People Are Saying

The module experience was a learning tool to further good practice in my work environment.

- Tanya B.