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S23-204 Intersectional, Trauma-Informed Care with Transgender and Gender-Expansive People

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes



Most of us receive little to no training in our graduate programs on working with transgender, Two Spirit, and gender–expansive people. This training will address the ways that culture, race, religion, economic status, and ability affect trans people in varying ways. Clinicians will gain skills in creating affirming practices and supporting clients and their families in culturally relevant ways. Participants will leave this workshop grounded in an ethical and trauma-informed framework.



Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C Related seminars and products

I hold a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies and a Master’s of Social Work from University of Washington in Seattle. Currently, in addition to guiding this practice, I also serve as faculty for the Indian CountryTransgender ECHO project and a consultant with Native American Lifelines. I’m a public speaker on all things related to gender identity and intersectional DEI. I use a framework that affirms gender expansive children, youth, and adults, as well as the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. The best part of what I do is celebrating growth and witnessing courage as people create the kind of lives and spaces they’ve been hoping for. People say they enjoy laughing with me and that I can be direct in a way that is easy to handle. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives



9:00-10:00- Introductions, Terminology, History
10:00-11:00-Personal Reflections, Intersectional Identities, Cultural Humility

11:00-11:10 Break
11:20-12:30- Trauma and Resilience
12:23-1:30- Lunch
1:30-2:30- FAQs, Trauma Treatment Considerations, Providing Support

2:30-3:30-Informed Consent, Sexual Health
3:30-4:30-Workplace Audit, Personal Reflection


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Be able to identify one's own positions of privilege and power and have at least one idea of how to utilize that to create more access for gender-expansive people 

  • Have at least 1 concrete idea on how to make your physical practice space more affirming  

  • Name at least one way that systematic oppression can lead to trauma in transgender clients  

  • Identify at least one way to adapt a type of trauma therapy to be more trans-affirming 

Bibliography & References



Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco. Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People; 2nd edition. Deutsch MB, ed. June 17, 2016.

Chang, S. C. (2022). EMDR Therapy as Affirmative Care for Transgender and Nonbinary Clients. In M. Nickerson (Ed.), Cultural competence and healing culturally based trauma with EMDR therapy: Innovative strategies and protocols, 2nd Ed.. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Cornelius JB, Whitaker-Brown CD. African American Transgender Women's Individual, Family, and Organizational Relationships: Implications for Nurses. Clin Nurs Res. 2017 Jun;26(3):318-336. doi: 10.1177/1054773815627152. Epub 2016 Jan 25. PMID: 26810439.

Hook, J., Owen, J. Davis, D. Everett, W., Utsey, S. Cultural humility.: Measuring openness to culturally diverse clients. Journal of Counseling Psychology,2013, Vol. 60, No. 3, 353–366.

Jackson,  A. CNN “The High Cost of Being Transgender”

Fri July 31, 2015

Norwood, K.  (2013) Meaning Matters: Framing Trans Identity in the Context of Family Relationships, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 9:2, 152-178.

Sandiou, A., Fact checked by Collier, J.

“Transgender surgery can improve life for most, study confirms”

Medical News Today, Published Monday 19 March 2018

Skerven, K., Whicker, D., & LeMaire, K. (2019). Applying dialectical behaviour therapy to structural and internalized stigma with LGBTQ clients. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 12, E9. doi:10.1017/S1754470X18000235

Trans Care BC, Provincial Health Services Authority, 2018

Unger, C. Hormone Therapy for Transgender Patients. Translational Andrology and Urology, 2016 Dec. 5(6), 877-884.

Wahlig, J.  (2015) Losing the Child They Thought They Had: Therapeutic Suggestions for an Ambiguous Loss Perspective with Parents of a Transgender Child, Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11:4, 305-326

White, B. & Fontenont, H. Transgender and non-conforming persons' mental healthcare experiences: An integrative review. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. Vol 33, pp 203-210, 2019.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People Version 8 2022. Available for free download or purchase of printed versions.

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after March 17, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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