Trans 101 & Working with Families of Trans and Non-Binary Youth

A Two-Part Workshop Series for Mental Health Providers

Dates: May 17 & 24, 2023

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC is committed to deepening our mental health workforce’s understanding of and skills in serving gender expansive youth. This population is too often impacted by structural violence and social stigma. It also faces disproportionately high rates of suicidal ideation, attempt, and completion, along with elevated rates of self-harm. There is an urgent need to provide culturally-responsive and trauma-informed care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth with diverse racial, sexual, gender, and cultural identities.

We’re honored to partner with prominent specialists in the field to offer frameworks, tools, and expanded knowledge to mental health professionals in Region 9 (and beyond).

Join us for a two-part offering. The first part of the series, “Foundations of Knowledge: Trans 101,” lays the foundations of knowledge for providers working with transgender and non-binary identities and is a prerequisite for attending the second session. The second session, “Working with Families of Trans & Non-Binary Youth, ”is an in-depth training for professionals who work with trans and non-binary youth and their caregivers or families. The purpose of this session is to identify strategies for mental health professionals working with families and caregivers to increase their acceptance, support, and affirmation for their gender nonconforming child. Part 1 is a level-setting session intended for a wider audience that includes both providers and families. Part 2 is intended for behavioral health providers and has limited space.


Both sessions are open to all behavioral health professionals (mental health or school mental health professionals including counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, peer supporters, alcohol and drug counselors, mental health program administrators, MDs, nurses, and other allied health professionals).

Our priority service areas are SAMHSA Region 9 states and territories, including: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.

*Please note that attendance to the first Trans 101 session is a prerequisite for participating in the Part 2: Working with Families of Trans & Non-Binary Youth.

There is a very limited number of openings for these sessions; please register only if you can attend, as unclaimed spots in these sessions will result in missed opportunities for others.

4 continuing education credits are available through full participation (two CEHs are available for each session, with a total of four CEHs for both).

Please note: registration for Part 2 is at capacity and is now closed.

Learn more by clicking through the event links below!

Part 1 - Foundations of Knowledge & Action: Trans 101

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. PT (Find your time zone here)
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Part 2 - Working with Families of Trans & Non-Binary Youth

Wednesday, May 24, 2023
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. PT (Find your time zone here)
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