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School of Social Welfare Offering 3-Part Series on Transgender Issues

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The School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University is presenting a three-part educational series, “What Ought to Be: Cultural Proficiency and Trans Care Across the Lifespan: Trans 101, Client Engagement and CBT.” These courses can be taken individually or, for a more comprehensive look into this topic, you can attend all three sessions. Licensed social workers can earn four continuing education contact hours per session.

rainbow flagTransgender and Gender Non-conforming (TGNC) people are those who have a gender identity that is not fully aligned with their sex assigned at birth. They often face widespread discrimination and mistreatment within the healthcare system because providers may lack adequate training. Much of the existing information regarding TGNC has been extrapolated from studies of people who are lesbians, gay and bisexuals.

While many of the issues may overlap, there is a gap in the literature and therefore understanding regarding issues specific to the lives of transgender persons. This three-part series can help social workers become more culturally and clinically proficient in their work with TGNC individuals across their lifespan.

Dr. Donna Riley, an adjunct instructor at Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare and clinician at the Freedman Center for Clinical Social Work, will present the three-part series. Part 1, “Clinical and Cultural Proficiency in Working with Transgender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Individuals,” will be held Monday, October 24, from 9 am to 1 pm. Part 2, “Clinical Skills Working with TGNC Children and Youth,” will be held Monday, January 23, 2017, from 9 am to 1 pm; and the final session, “Clinical Skills Working with TGNC: Coming out Later in Life,” will be held in Spring 2017 with a date to be announced.

The cost per session is $80 general or $70 for current field instructors, alumni of the School of Social Welfare or Stony Brook University employees.

You can register online. For more information, please contact Jennifer Davidson at or (631) 444-8361.

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