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Transgender Competency and Human Development (Sacramento/Davis District)

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • St. Mark's on 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864


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Sacramento-Davis District Presents: 

Transgender competency and human development:  Assisting youth and families navigating the transition process

Mental health providers working with transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families may lack the necessary educaation, intervention skills and outreach/advocacy materials to work from a trans-affirmative perspective. Even when resources are available, social stigma, transgender oppression, and institutional barriers negatively impact mental health services. There is an urgent need for culturally responsive and accessible mental health care for transgender children and adolescents. This workshop will provide practical information and guidance to therapists who have limited experience in working with transgender clients. Participants will be introduced to a client-directed, culturally responsive, social justice informed, and collaborative approach to assessing and counseling transgender youth and their families.

  • 10:00 - 10:30 | Refreshments and conversation
  • 10:30 - 12:30 | Presentation

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care for children and adolescents and the role of mental health providers in transgender care.
  2. Understanding and unpacking assumptions of gender and sexuality and how it influences the assessment process with transgender youth.
  3. Learn a collaborative model of assessing and working with transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families.


Alex Filippelli, BSW

Alex is the program director of the mental health program at the Gender Health Center, a non-profit agency serving the needs of the transgender and queer communities. Alex holds a BSW and is currently completing an MSW also at the University of Victoria, Canada. Alex is a queer and trans activist whose passion for social justice led them to discover Narrative Therapy and subsequently the life-saving healthcare and mental health community work being pioneered at Gender Health Center.

David Nylund, LCSW, PhD

David Nylund is the Clinical Director of the Gender Health. Dr. Nylund earned his MSW from California State University, Sacramento and his PhD in Cultural Studies from UC Davis. Dr. Nylund is a professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento. He is a full-standing member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

2.0 CEUs provided - free to members and to attendees not earning CEUs, $20 for nonmembers

Please direct any questions to to Katherine Culpepper at katiehbr@gmail.com.

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Location information:

1. We will be meeting in Wesley Hall. Click here for map

2. CSCSW Invites participants to show their thanks to St. Mark's for their hospitality and generosity for supporting CSCSW events and the Sacramento community by considering to make a donation. There are several ways to give to St. Mark's. One is donating non-perishable food items are most needed and clothing for their homeless program or an online donation at http://www.stmarksumc.com/donate-now. At the registration table there will be a food and clothing donation spot.

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