Cultural Humility and working with Trans / Gender-Expansive Clients

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Cultural Humility and working with Trans / Gender-Expansive Clients

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Cultural Humility and Working With Transgender and Gender Expansive Clients

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Course Description

Transgender and gender-expansive individuals face daily stressors including minority stress, structural oppression, lack of resources, and barriers to obtaining services.  These communities face dramatically higher rates of distress and suicidality, and often are hesitant to seek treatment due to fears of mistreatment (or actual experiences of neglect or abuse).  Some people who are most in need of support and therapy are the least likely, or least able, to access the very services they seek.  And some clinicians can inadvertently do harm through microaggressions or simply not knowing how to talk with their gender-expansive clients.

This popular course is designed to introduce concepts of Cultural Humility and how to use this as a framework for exploring issues of gender, gender-expansive and trans clients, and psychotherapy.  We will discuss vocabulary including problematic language, contextual background, and treatment concerns for trans and gender-expansive clients, and specific best-practices for ensuring all clients feel comfortable and safe in your office or clinic.  Ample time will be available for questions during the session.

Course Outline

  • Agreements / Course framing
  • Cultural Humility defined
  • Vocabulary related to gender, transgender issues (including problematic terms)
  • “Setting the Stage” participatory exercise
  • Exploration of Gender and Gender Non-conformity
  • Transgender statistics and health disparity information
  • Treatment considerations for working with trans/GE patients
  • Clinical best practices
  • Q&A

Course Objectives

After this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Describe key concepts of cultural humility
  • Define key concepts and vocabulary related to gender, gender identity, and non-binary/non-conforming gender
  • Identify aspects of gender inclusion
  • Describe issues regarding disparity in treatment of GE/non-binary patients
  • Identify best practices for GE/non-binary as well as cisgender patients

About the Presenter

Barton (Bart) Shulman is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Board-Certified Counselor, Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider, and Gender Specialist, working full-time as an individual and group psychotherapist at the UCSF Alliance Health Project, a community mental health agency where he is a member of the gender team providing interdisciplinary services to the trans and gender-expansive community.  Bart maintains a private practice in San Francisco, and is licensed in California, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, and Wisconsin.  He serves on the Board of Directors of Gaylesta, the Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity. You can find more information about Bart at


Advanced registration is required for this CE event. Have questions? Please contact Cheryl Clift at (925) 257-2412 or send an email to

Refunds for cancellation with 72-hour notice.

*3 CE credits will be provided to qualifying participants. BAPTI is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. BAPTI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CPA Provider #BAY 012. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) now recognizes CPA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and LMFTs.

Participants must attend entire training to receive CE Credits. No partial credit will be provided.

All proceeds from this event will benefit BAPTI Associates training program which provides support for training prelicensed clinicians obtain licensure while providing sliding scale therapy to the community.