Belonging, The Opposite of Fitting In – Gender in Action

Belonging, The Opposite of Fitting In - Gender in ActionMore people are feeling safer coming out as transgender than ever before. We are seeing more transgender clients in treatment than ever. So what do we do? When a client informs us they would like to transition or are in the midst of transitioning when they come to treatment, we may freeze. We may not know what to do and we may need help. This session is geared toward cisgender clinicians who may be working with transgender clients or will be working with transgender clients in the future (which is everyone). This session will be experiential in nature, will give clinicians a better understanding of themselves as it relates to their transgender clients, and will offer helpful hints to be more prepared and comfortable working with the trans population. If you are ready and willing to get up and experience gender, clinical work and your own bias, then this is the session for you.

Event Details:

Date: June 12, 2019
Time: (2 Sessions Available)
AM SESSION: 9am-12pm (continental Breakfast included)
PM SESSION: 1pm-4pm (afternoon snacks included)
CEUs Available: 3
Location: Scarritt Bennett Center – Laskey Welcome Center (2nd Floor-C)



  1. Participants will be able to acknowledge their own bias as it relates to transgender clients.
  2. Participants will be able to apply activities and exercises with their own groups.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the coming out processes and the nuances that their transgender clients may face.


Hour One – Trans 101 and Implicit Bias work (Language, Basic Knowledge about Implicit Bias)
Hour Two – In-Depth working clinically with Transgender Clients (Experiential Work)
(Experiential Includes Case Study on Client, Sociometry on Gender, Roleplaying the Coming Out Process)


Beck resides in Los Angeles, CA. He has over 13 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ in recovery, educational, and mental health communities. Beck’s master’s degree is in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School. Beck has facilitated workshops and addressed audiences internationally at various conferences regarding advocacy, trauma, recovery, and adolescents specifically involving LGBTQ+ communities. Today he continues to train clinicians and facility staff on LGBTQ+ issues, helps facilities establish LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, and provides program development for facilities that want to expand their services to LGBTQ+ populations. He helps institutions through his company, BGC Consulting.

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