June 9, 2021

A Place for Us: Best Practices for Trans and Gender Expansive Individuals


June 9, 2021

11:00am to 12:30pm


A Place for Us: Best Practices for Trans and Gender Expansive Individuals


Presenter: Beck Gee-Cohen MA, CADC-II

CEU’s: 1.5 Core CEU’s **

Cost: $25.00 Payable Online

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Beck is the Director of LGBTQ+ Programming at Visions Adolescent Treatment Center of Southern California. A master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Gender & Sexuality and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling, Beck has worked in the mental health & substance use field for over 10 years in various capacities. The main focus of his work has been invested in the LGBTQ+ community, adolescents, and families. Over this decade, Beck has trained numerous facilities on LGBTQ+ best practices, has been a keynote and presenter at many conferences, and has facilitated workshops about LGBTQ+, trauma, adolescents, gender and sexuality.

Fifty percent of transgender young people will attempt suicide at least once before their twentieth birthday. Addiction among trans and non-binary youth is not easily assessed, however among LGBTQ adolescents it is known that rates of addiction are significantly higher than that of their straight and cisgender peers. Minority stress, stigma, and bullying are main causes for higher rates of addiction, anxiety, and depression. As clinicians, we need to create a space for understanding and safety within our walls of our facilities for these youths. This workshop will help clinicians grasp terms, ideas, and situation that trans & non-binary youth are experiencing today. Participants will be able to assess their own practices as it relates to transgender youth and be able to take with them an overarching understanding of the coming out process. Discussions will include policy & paperwork, talking to parents, creating safety within the group process, and how to effectively be an ally to trans and non-binary youth.

1. Participants will be able to discuss and describe the coming out process to their clients
2. Participants will be able to evaluate and assess their own facility as it relates to trans clients
3. Participants will learn to integrate skills into their practices with their clients

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