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  • Workshop Title: Facial Feminization Surgery: The Real Story
    Presenter: Angela Sturm, MD
    Topic/Audience: Education, Medical, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults
    Workshop Description: If you, your family member or patients are considering facial feminization, you probably have some questions. Dr. Angela Sturm will have an open, honest conversation about a surgeon analyzes a face (so you can too), what the procedures entail, what they can do (and can’t do) and what to expect after surgery. We will also discuss what questions to ask and how to find the best surgeon for you.
  • Workshop Title: Got Support?
    Presenter: Finnigan Jones
    Topic/Audience: Education, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies
    Workshop Description: In this presentation, attendees will learn how best to support transgender people and how to navigate the transition with those people as a supportive person. SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies) provide a cloud of support for their loved one, but often find support lacking for themselves. How do SOFFAs find the support they need and how do they manage this change in their own lives?
  • Workshop Title: LGBTQ+ Youth and Ableism
    Presenter: Bethany Gehman
    Topic/Audience: Education, Mental Health, Sexuality, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Adult Allies, Deaf
    Workshop Description: While LGBTQ+ youth face numerous challenges with discovering their identity and finding their place in the world, LGBTQ+ youth with disabilities, particularly Deaf, experience uphill challenges with their intersectionality identities and access to LGBTQ+ resources and support. As a Deaf sex educator and LGBTQ+ advocate, Bethany will explore various daily struggles Deaf LGBTQ+ youth with disabilities endure in academic, home, and social settings. In this workshop, participants will identify lasting psychological and emotional impacts on LGBTQ+ youth with disabilities in order to develop, enhance, and maintain environments that are safe, welcoming and supportive. Creating safe and inclusive zones is a proactive step that everyone can take to empower LGBTQ+ youth with different abilities to reach their full potential.
  • Workshop Title: Navigating, and Understanding Your Faith Walk
    Presenter: David Johnson
    Topic/Audience: Education, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex
    Workshop Description: To attempt to provide those in the LGBTQ Community with tools to assist them in finding Spiritual Peace as they live in a Less Than Accepting Religious Society. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will have a better understanding of How The Bible/Scripture relate to their daily lives, Will hopefully feel more comfortable in seeking out a comfortable Worship Space, and Understand that their Spirituality does not have anything to do with Gender Constructs, or Hyper-Conservative Ideology. Presentation of Specific Scriptures to Refute the typical Evangelical Approach and a Historical View of the LGBTQ Community in the “Church” setting. We hope to give those in attendance (LGBTQ Community, and Others) a Real sense of the Overarching, Unconditional, Loving Acceptance of God.
  • Workshop Title: Our Voices Can Drive The Narrative in Healthcare and Public Health
    Presenter: John Oeffinger
    Topic/Audience: Education, Legal, Mental Health, Research, Medical, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging
    Workshop Description: Building on the award-winning Texas TransVisible Project, the Transgender Health Program actively seeks out transgender/nonbinary/intersex and parents of trans youth voices to frame and prioritize our work. The Transgender Health Program is an effort led by Equality Texas Foundation, Texas Health Institute, and our partners. We want you to take part in an interactive and engaging listening session facilitated by the program’s co-project directors. Help us identify your perspectives on what elements are essential in creating a transgender/nb/intersex culturally competent healthcare and public health environment. Provide your voice using our anonymous audience response and feedback system. We focus our work on Little “p” Policy actions each person can take in creating a welcoming, respectful, affirming, and educated healthcare and public health environment. Our promise – our program will include your responses and perspectives in our work. We organize and continuously improve our educational courses for healthcare and public health practitioners using your input. We also utilize your voices to set our research, technical assistance, and capacity building priorities. Finally, your experiences inform our program development team and advisory council ensuring a collective voice in our work. Together we will begin to help transform healthcare and public health in creating a transgender/nb/intersex culturally competent environment and workforce.
  • Workshop Title: Queering Sex Ed: Using Ethical Communication as a Framework for Radically Inclusive Sex Ed
    Presenter: Sara Connell
    Topic/Audience: Education, Mental Health, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Non-Binary (NB)
    Workshop Description: When we think about “comprehensive” sexual education for middle and high school students, we usually mean sex ed that discusses LGBTQ people, safe barrier methods, and accurate information without shame, but what if we dreamed bigger? What if we included social and emotional health in our conversations of sex? What if we gave youth the tools to accurately communicate about sex and relationships? What if our sexual health was radically inclusive of trans and queer bodies, polyamorous relationships, and kink? What if we didn’t say “men and women” as a code for “penis and vulva”? My name is Sara and I’m the host of Queer Sex Ed, a podcast focused on shifting our conversation on sexual health to be centered around the marginalized identities we hold that limit our ability to advocate for sexual agency in a white, cisgender, capitalist heteropatriarchy. Would you like to join me?
  • Workshop Title: Pull Up A Chair: Inviting everyone to the table with inclusive language
    Presenter: Danny Roe
    Topic/Audience: Education, Religion & Spirituality, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex
    Workshop Description: This workshop is a beginner-level introduction to supporting gender diverse peers through inclusive speech and programming. Participants will learn about hetero/cisnormative scripts around gender, anatomy, and sexual expression. At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will have ideas for making language, presentations, and events more inclusive and welcoming for all. There will be opportunities for questions and information will be provided related to starting an Ally program within your organization.
  • Workshop Title: Sharing Your Story for Advocacy and Social Change
    Presenter: Rebecca Kling
    Topic/Audience: Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex
    Workshop Description: Personal stories are some of the most powerful tools for advocacy and social change. This interactive workshop covers the basics of sharing a personal story for advocacy, as well as tips for speaking with media. Participants will be guided through a simple four-part template for sharing a personal story, with a focus on how to call your audience to take action and how to place your story within a larger context. In addition, there will be time to discuss the pros and cons of speaking with reporters, as well as ideas for staying on-message.
  • Workshop Title: Substance Abuse of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Persons: Coping with Family and Society of Origin Wounds
    Presenter: Crystal Collier
    Topic/Audience: Education, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
    Workshop Description: Prevalence rates of substance abuse and dependence tend to be higher in the LGBTQQ population and many youth begin using substances to deal with the pain and shame of family of origin, society of origin, and religion of origin wounds. In this workshop, participants will learn how substance abuse affects brain development and delays the learning of healthy coping mechanisms. A transgender person will share his story of healing from these wounds and how he has learned to combat shame and stigma.
  • Workshop Title: The Binary Behind Bars
    Presenter: Kisha Anderson
    Topic/Audience: Legal, Mental Health, Medical, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex
    Workshop Description: Although transgender awareness is gaining visibility via social media, celebrities, entertainment, and politics, it remains hidden and disregarded in correctional facilities. One in six transgender persons have been incarcerated, and approximately 40% of transgender inmates are sexually abused. Despite the Department of Justice attempting to implement safety policies for transgender inmates, most jails and prisons continue housing transgender offenders according to their sex assigned at birth. As a result, many transgender persons experience additional traumas which could otherwise be avoided. There are many problems, which will be briefly presented at the start of this workshop, and implementation of standard human rights must be an essential focus in our correctional facilities. Though this workshop will include a brief presentation, the primary focus is to facilitate a dialogue with other professionals and individuals in the transgender community to discuss ideas which can improve and ensure the safety of transgender inmates.
  • Workshop Title: The parent’s journey; taking steps to understand our process
    Presenter: Joanna Smith
    Topic/Audience: Education, Mental Health, Parents / Caregivers
    Workshop Description: This workshop looks at the process parents of transgender and gay kids go through during and after the coming out. Our support (or lack of) and reaction to our children’s identity directly correlates to their mental health. At the very same time we are having our own reactions and unconscious responses. This puts us as parents in a very challenging situation, as we are learning and reacting we are also having a great influence on the health of our kids. Stress like this takes a toll on the couple and their connection.The couple is extremely vulnerable to conflict and blame. This workshop will look to John and Julie Gottman’s work to provide a framework for keeping the couple healthy as they walk on the path of coming out.
  • Workshop Title: “There is No Such Thing As a Single Issue Struggle”; A 101 on Intersectional Organizing
    Presenter: Transgender Law Center
    Topic/Audience: Sexuality, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, POC, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex
    Workshop Description: Join the National Organizing Team of Transgender Law Center as we breakdown silos between movements and offer strategies, tools and tactics around building intersectional organizing campaigns led by and for our most impacted community members. Learn about how systems of power impact all of us across identities, the difference between tokenization and inclusivity, and ways to organize that amplify and resource folks who lie in the intersections of multiple oppressions.
  • Workshop Title: Transgender Identity and Dignity: Exploring Autonomy Through Countercultural Ways of Being
    Presenter: Zooey Pook
    Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Research, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging
    Workshop Description: This workshop will explore the ways that transgender and minority identities express and are expected to express individuality, politics, and ethics. Utilizing the methods of lecture, discussion, and audience application, this presentation will explore how countercultural positionalities can lead to healthier and more autonomous relationships between individuals and their culture. Participants will explore cultural expectations, intersections of race, gender, religion and identity, and how our individual and cultural thinking shapes the ethical and political possibilities in our communities. This workshop will explore important topics in transgender lives such as suicide, politics, and personal expression to examine how countercultural philosophies and ways of being can further promote dignity and fulfillment in our lives. Participants will acquire the skills to create environments that promote healthy and successful discourse on gender, politics, and ethics.
  • Workshop Title: Transgender Legal Issues for Adults and Children
    Presenter: Phyllis Frye
    Topic/Audience: Legal, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers
    Workshop Description: Phyllis Frye is a lawyer and the “Grandmother of the National Transgender Legal and Political Movement.” She has presented at Gender Infinity since its inception in the area of destroying transgender stereotypes, the need for gender identity and expression policy inclusion and the current state of the law in the area of employment, education, name change, gender marker correction and many others. Attorney Frye is always available for questions. For more information (1) Google “New York Times, Phyllis Frye” and (2) www.liberatinglaw.com.
  • Workshop Title: Trans*itioning to Campus
    Presenter: Corey Benson
    Topic/Audience: Education, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Adult Allies
    Workshop Description: With increased emphasis on Title IX compliance, institutions of higher education must remain cognizant of the ethical and legal obligations to students who are gender diverse and transgender. In this session, attendees will learn about administrative law, case law, and legislation relating to gender equity and inclusion of students who identify in the LGBTQIA+ community. Attendees will gain resources to assist themselves and others in their transition to campus.
  • Workshop Title: Trauma Informed Care with Considerations for Gender Diverse Clients
    Presenter: Brittany Brown Milstead
    Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Mental Health, Medical, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults
    Workshop Description: Many gender diverse clients come to therapy as survivors of trauma. It is important that professionals take into consideration the impact trauma has on the clients we treat. Trauma informed care provides a foundation for us as providers to offer the highest quality of care.
  • Workshop Title: What to Expect From Here: Legislating Identity
    Presenter: Kali Cohn
    Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging
    Workshop Description: The 2017 legislative session saw an onslaught of legislation aimed at taking away the rights of transgender Texans. We’ll discuss what legislation was proposed and passed during this session, and what we anticipate state and local policy will look like in the session’s aftermath.
  • Workshop Title: When you’re on your own: Treatment considerations for rural communities
    Presenter: Brittany Brown Milstead
    Topic/Audience: Mental Health
    Workshop Description: This workshop will be a discussion about the unique challenges of working with gender diverse clients in rural communities and communities without adequate resources. We plan to cover topics such as:
    ~Working with clients to help them make informed choices about their transition
    ~Finding and creating friendly local resources
    ~Advocating for clients in unsupportive/uninformed/unsafe environments
    ~What to expect when working in a rural community
  • Workshop Title: Who needs Scar Therapy?
    Presenter: The Amazing Rose
    Topic/Audience: Education, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Partners, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging, Child-bearers
    Workshop Description: Got scar tissue? Learn the basics of how to work on yourself. Learn how to identify the three causes of scar tissue. Learn when you might be in need of professional support. Learn how to identify the three causes of scar tissue; Learn the basics of how to work on your own scars; Identify what needs professional support. We will engage attendees by educating them about their scar tissue. Encouraging attendees to put their hands on their own scars and practice. Then leave a little room for questions!
  • Workshop Title: Youth, Pronouns, & Mental Health: Taking A Seat
    Presenter: Adrienne Smith
    Topic/Audience: Mental Health, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students
    Workshop Description: This interactive workshop will be focused on allowing the client to be the expert on their life and gender identity while guiding youth into healthy decision making. Using demographics, clinical cases and prompts professionals will learn and discuss the Person-Centered approach which encourages the professional to take a step back and treat every person individually. This workshop will specifically utilize the six crucial steps that I find necessary for working with youth in regards to gender.
  • Workshop Title: The Gender Affirmative Model
    Presenter: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
    In the past decade, a new model for addressing the needs of gender diverse children and adolescents has evolved internationally: the gender affirmative model. This workshop will map out how this model came to be, the major premises underlying the model, and the way the model looks in practice, particularly in interdisciplinary teams of gender care. We will compare the model to other models of gender care—the “live in your own skin” model represented in the work of Dr. Kenneth Zucker, and the “watchful waiting” model developed in Amsterdam, often known as the Dutch model. To bring the gender affirmative model to life, we will examine a composite clinical case of a gender exploring child, and compare how that child would be approached in the gender affirmative model in contrast to the approaches of the other two models. We will also discuss the controversies surrounding the gender affirmative model and the ethical considerations in the designing and execution of the model.
  • Workshop Title: Families in Conflict
    Presenter: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
    One of the most painful experiences for a gender-expansive youth is getting caught in the crossfire between two (or more) parents who cannot come to an agreement about what will be best for their child. The fields of mental health and law have not always been effective at curbing parents’ confusion and mutual antagonism, nor worked together to do so. However, it is possible for parents to minimize the harm to their child by focusing on their child’s best interests. This session will discuss, from both a mental health and legal perspective, ways to facilitate dialogue and, if needed, encourage mediation, court action, and/or mental health services to help parents when they do not see eye to eye concerning their child’s gender health.
  • Workshop Title: Apples, Oranges, and Fruit Salad
    Presenter: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
    This course will present a model for differentiating transgender children from children who are
    exploring their gender expressions but not questioning their core gender identity. Taking into
    account gender in all its variations, a critique will be made of other practice models that divide
    gender diverse children into persisters and desisters. Calling on clinical experience and new research findings, we will then replace that model with a system of “apples, oranges, and fruit salads” organized around children who are exploring their gender identities vs. children exploring gender expressions vs. children exploring both. This new system is built on concepts of gender creativity and gender multiplicity, and substitutes measures of gender exploration for traditional and more limited measures of gender dysphoria. We will then discuss collaborative techniques for sorting apples, oranges, and fruit salads, techniques that call on teamwork among providers, youth, parents, siblings, extended family, and other significant others in the child’s environment.
  • Workshop Title: Double Helix Rainbow Kids: Children on Two Spectra—Autism and Gender
    Presenter: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
    Research findings and clinical observations are documenting a significant correlation between children and youth creatively exploring their gender and children and youth who find themselves on the autism spectrum. Some of those children are doubted for the authenticity of their gender explorations; others may be mistakenly placed on the autism spectrum when they do not belong there. This workshop will examine the relationship between neurodiversity and gender diversity, with the goals of 1) identifying stable gender affirmations among children who have been identified on the autism spectrum, 2) understanding the unique pathways these children may take in their gender journey, 3) considering the possibility that some children with gender stresses may be misdiagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Ehrensaft will also present her observations of gender as a cure for autism-related stresses, and will invite audience participation regarding people’s own observations, either as clinician, parents, or allies, about children and youth who qualify as “double helix rainbow kids.”
  • Workshop Title: Difficult Medical Decisions for Non-binary Youth
    Presenter: Lisa Griffin, Ph.D.
    With increased transgender visibility and acceptance, providers are seeing an explosion of variety in terms of how transgender, gender-diverse, and gender-nonconforming children and teens present in clinical settings. Puberty blockers followed by hormones has become the standard regimen for unambiguously binary-identified trans kids. A question that has become increasingly urgent, however, is the following: in the absence of a strong binary identity, what is the appropriate medical approach with youth who experience their genders differently from the majority of those assigned to their gender? With non-binary identities being available and increasingly embraced, do puberty blockers and subsequent hormones make sense for these youth? If not, how do we square this with research supporting early medical intervention for better social and emotional outcomes? These are complicated questions with huge implications for these kids’ futures. The presentation will be followed by ample opportunity for participant discussion.
  • Workshop Title: Self-Care for Trans Teens: Managing Anxiety, Dysphoria, and the Rest of the World
    Presenter: Lisa Griffin, Ph.D.
    Being a trans teen involves unique challenges. Trans teens often experience anxiety related to body dysphoria, worries about being misgendered by others, and struggles to feel hopeful about the future. Sometimes they experience moments when they just want to escape, and many resort to self-harm in an attempt to cope. This workshop will offer teens alternative ways to manage anxiety, dysphoria, and challenges in their social environments. Participants will learn the importance of positive self-talk and self-leadership as well as body-focused anxiety-reduction techniques. This workshop is limited to trans teens only.
  • Workshop Title: Balancing public authenticity and adaptability
    Presenters: Lisa Griffin and Katy Koonce
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop TItle: Informed Consent: A more collaborative approach to mental health care Presenter: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW
    Audience: professionals, parents; trans adults; allies
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Parenting a transgender teenager
    Presenter: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW
    Audience: professionals and parents
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Gender Dysphoria
    Presenter: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW
    Audience: professionals; parents; trans adults; allies
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Transition and the Checklist: Exploring the internal and external journey Presenter: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW
    Audience: parents
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Puberty blockers
    Presenter: Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
    Audience: providers and parents
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Just a boy, just a girl
    Presenters: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW and Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
    Audience: professionals and parents
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Defining and Caring for Non-binary Folks
    Presenters: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW; Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD; and Colt Keo-Meier, Ph.D.
    Audience: providers and parents
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Hormones and Chest Surgery – new data from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    Presenter: Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
    Audience: Providers and Parents
    Description: How safe are hormones? Will my adolescent regret having male chest reconstruction? While many gender clinics around the country are expanding services for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, there still remains a significant lack of data examining the impact of hormone use and surgical interventions. This workshop will review data collected from youth enrolled in services at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Specifically, two year follow up data from a cohort of youth initiating hormone treatment will be presented, as well as data regarding the impact of male chest reconstruction among transmasculine youth and young adults. This workshop aims to help improve understanding of the safety of hormone use over the first two years of treatment, as well as bring additional clarity about the impact of chest dysphoria and chest surgery on the lives of trans masculine youth.
  • Workshop Title: Story of my name
    Presenter: Daniel Phillip, PsyD
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Intersectionality
    Presenter: Daniel Phillip, PsyD
    Audience: providers, parents, and community
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Faith
    Presenter: Dee Dee Watters
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Our History
    Presenter: Monica Roberts
    Description forthcoming…
  • Workshop Title: Trans While Homeless in Houston
    Presenters: James Gonzalez, LMSW and Sara Narendorf, Ph.D.
    Many youth and adults experiencing homelessness in Houston have to navigate multiple barriers. Identifying as Trans or Gender Diverse can add an extra layer of anxiety while trying to access basic needs. Learn about Houston’s homeless youth demographics, how to access our current homeless system, and participate in a discussion around what changes may be helpful to ease the process of Trans individuals connecting to homeless services.
CEUs Sponsored by:
Southeast Texas Psychological Association
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Gender Infinity. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.