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Treatment and Support Issues for Transgender Clients (3CE)
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Presented by Cynthia S. Tavilla, Psy.D. $75 for MPA Members, $55 for Life Members, $35 for Student Members, $100 for Non-Members, $50 for Non-Member Students. This workshop will discuss diagnostic factors unique to gender dysphoria as well as explore key up-to-date guidelines and standards of care provided by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Sustaining Members receive 50% off their fee!

When: Friday, June 8, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
Where: MPA Offices
195 Worcester Street
Suite 303
Wellesley, Massachusetts  02481
United States
Presenter: Cynthia S. Tavilla, Psy.D.
Contact: Lynne Casey
781-263-0080 ext 10

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Friday, June 8th, 2018 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
MPA Offices in Wellesley, MA (directions available here)

$75 for MPA Members - $55 for Life Members - $35 for Student Members
$100 for Non-Members - $50 for Non-Member Students*
(*Non-Member Students must register using this form in order to get accurate pricing)


About the Workshop

Many have been “catching up” to acknowledge and understand this formerly ignored segment of our society.  It is crucial for psychologists who want to help transgender clients (adult and younger) to begin the process of understanding the treatment and support issues relevant to this demographic. Learning about the range of different narratives connected to transgender clients can help clinician allies be better prepared to talk about this topic with clients and their families.

In this workshop we will begin the discussion of considering diagnostic factors unique to gender dysphoria as well as strategies that can foster empowerment and gender-affirming strategies for clients exploring gender identity issues. We will explore key up-to-date guidelines and standards of care provided by The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) as they relate to provision of treatment and support in psychotherapy. Topics of non-medical ways to decrease dysphoria, self-care coping skills in the face of stigma and isolation, social and physical factors for someone transitioning, and challenges linked to working with co-existing diagnoses will also be considered in this training. Time will be devoted to explore defining medical necessity and writing letters of readiness for medical and/or surgical interventions.  Issues of direct treatment and consultation considerations with family members of transgender clients will be discussed, along with a discussion of availability of written, community and systemic resources for transgender clients. In addition, the impact of co-occurring diagnoses and their impact on treatment goal development with transgender clients will be a part of our exploration. We hope you will participate in this vibrant, interesting and challenging discussion of gender identity, gender dysphoria, and transgender support.

            This workshop will include lecture, multi-media, case example, and discussion. It should also be fun, so come and join us!

At the completion of this event, participants will be able to:

Explain key factors involved in gender dysphoria diagnosis, assessment of different transgender narratives, and initial alliance building with these clients in an agenda-less manner;

Discuss requirements and components involved in writing a letter of readiness for medical and/or surgical interventions, consistent with WPATH Standards of Care and up-to-date requirements expected by insurance providers around these issues;

List and explain the most common co-occurring diagnoses impacting gender identity issues, as well as the influence on the development of appropriate and effective treatment goals;

Actively model for family members of transgender clients support strategies driven by a desire to foster mental health and self-efficacy.


About the Presenter

Dr. Cynthia Tavilla is a licensed psychologist and health service provider based in private practice in Lexington, MA, where she provides individual, group, and consultation services to individuals and families around a range of issues, with a particular focus on transgender support work. She earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from William James College (Formerly The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) and her M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College. She is a member of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), APA and MPA.




This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note that this event must be attended in its entirety in order to receive credit.  Partial credit will not be granted, no exceptions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Fee minus $30 administrative charge if cancelled 5 or more business days prior to event.  No refund if cancelled less than 5 business days before event. 

This continuing education event is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed social workers and other licensed mental health professionals,
though CE credit is only available to psychologists.  Please contact MPA if you have any questions.


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