Why you'll love this course

This course covers the full range of ego defenses, including the healthy and adaptive ones, in reviewing the ways that trans clients adapt to Gender Minority Stress. Rather than focusing on distress and failed adaptations, this course takes an affirming approach to TGNB identity.

Course description

Transgender and Gender nonbinary (TGNB) clients experience gender minority stress, which influences mental and physical health outcomes. The Gender Minority Stress Model (Testa et al., 2015) discusses proximal stressors, such as internalized transphobia, negative expectations, and concealment; distal stressors, such as gender-related discrimination, gender-related rejection, gender related victimization, and nonaffirmative of gender identity; and resilience factors, such as community connectedness and pride, that TGNB clients may experience. Clinicians may be limited in addressing distal stress factors directly in our clinical work, but can have a major impact on proximal stress factors. Utilizing psychodynamic theory, with an emphasis on ego defenses, this course will examine how TGNB clients may unconsciously manage their experiences of gender minority stress. This course will explore how to help TGNB clients manage stressors and enhance resilience.

1 hour CE. Recorded video (non-interactive) format

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how nine gender minority stress related factors impact mental health in transgender and gender nonbinary clients

  • Describe at least six ways unconscious ego defenses may be influenced by gender minority stress

  • Explain at least two ways to reduce stress and enhance resilience in TGNB clients

Course outline

1. Introduction to Transgender and Gender Nonbinary clients

a. Definitions 

b. Resources

2. Gender Minority Stress

a. History of Minority Stress Model 

b. About Gender Minority Stress

c. Three types of factors 

d. Proximal factors

3. Ego defenses as a way to deal with gender minority proximal stressors

a. Vaillant's four levels

References 

Instructor

Cadyn Cathers, PsyD

Cadyn Cathers is a California registered Psychological Assistant and Teaching Faculty for Antioch University Los Angeles. He also serves as Executive Director of The Affirmative Couch, which provides training in LGBTQIA+ issues.

Additional information

Format and Length:

Recorded video (non-interactive) format; Total running time 71 minutes

Topic Area:

Social and Cultural Competence

Instructional Level:

Intermediate

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professions authorized by their states to write referral letters for trans clients to receive medical care.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: June 17, 2021

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2021 – 07/06/2024. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education credit in the Social and Cultural Competence topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582. 

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This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.