220 – An Introduction to Gender-Affirmative Care

Latest Perspectives for the Nonspecialist
Margaret Nichols & Laura Jacobs

Therapy’s old, paternalistic gatekeeping model for working with gender-transitioning clients is out. Today, our job is to provide gender-affirmative care both to adults and the increasing numbers of young people coming out as transgender or nonconforming. This means the average therapist needs to know the basics of diagnosis and be able to identify complex cases where gender dysphoria may not be the relevant psychological issue. In this workshop, you’ll discover:

  • The latest perspectives on gender diversity, including up-to-the-minute research and definitions
  • The basic principles of gender-affirmative care for adults and children, including supporting a client’s internal sense of their own identity and helping younger clients find a safe space to express their gender
  • How to best assess gender dysphoria and gender-identity issues across different age groups
  • The impact of the current political climate on the transgender community and your role as an affirming clinician


Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.

Margaret Nichols, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and AASECT certified sex therapy supervisor working in the LGBTQ community. She’s the founder of New Jersey’s Institute for Personal Growth.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Margaret Nichols is the founder, president and executive director of the Institute for Personal Growth.
Non-financial: Margaret Nichols has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Laura Jacobs, LCSW-R, is a transgender and genderqueer-identified psychotherapist, activist, speaker, and author.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Laura Jacobs is in private practice.
Non-financial: Laura Jacobs is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

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