Gender Expansive Expertise


At birth, our gender is defined for us by our sex organs.  We are labeled either male or female—one or the other on this gender binary.  However, individuals with discordant gender assignment and gender identity have been documented in 18th Century historical data (Dreger, 1998; Hekma, 1994) and have existed even earlier than that.  The rise in gender variance is of no surprise as gender diversity has existed, always.
Understanding the dynamics of our gender expansive communities is critical to social health and well-being.  A survey conducted recently, by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE, 2011) indicated that, in the U.S., 41% of transgendered persons have attempted suicide, 26% have been fired, 19% have been denied housing, 19% have been refused healthcare, and 11% have been evicted because of their gender status.  Transgender and gender nonconforming persons report fearing for their safety due to threats of violence.  Approximately 82% of transgender youth report that they have felt unsafe at school, they have been harassed (90%), victims of unwanted sexual remarks (76%), and physically assaulted (44%) because of their gender status (Greytak, Kosciw & Diaz 2009).
To enhance gender expansive expertise, attendees will gain the following:

  1. A detailed understanding of the social construction of gender, and of psychosocial developmental models including biological factors,
  2. An increased knowledge related to gender expansive persons of shame, resilience, trauma, aggression, microaggresion, and social neuroscience,
  3. An enhanced awareness of gender assumptions and working with transference,
  4. A clearer understanding of macro factors influencing the lives of gender diverse persons and their communities, and
  5. An ability to identify and implement best practices with gender diverse persons, including those related to medical transition and to World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care.

Additional Information

Eligible Participants

Santa Clara County Title IV-E Collaborative training events are free for all who qualify. Eligible participants include:

  • Staff of residential treatment facilities in Santa Clara County
  • Foster and adoptive parents
  • Prospective foster and adoptive parents
  • Santa Clara County social workers
  • Santa Clara County children’s mental health providers
  • Staff of community based organizations that serve children and families in Santa Clara County
  • College and university students in academic preparation to work with families and children

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time to assure registration for the course. Attendees arriving after the start of the training time may lose registration position, and may not be allowed in due to wait list and need for prompt start time. Please cancel in advance if you cannot attend as frequent "no shows" may result in an inability to register for future training.

Please Note:

If you are seeking CEU's for this training, you must be present for the entirety of the training. You must sign in and sign out on the designated CEU sign-in sheet. 


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