Competent Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (T/GNC) Adult Clients: What Every Clinician Should Know

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  • October 18, 2019
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 6 Core Continuing Education Clock Hours (Pending - SWs, MFTs)
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn (3045 Windy Hill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30339)
  • Investment: $135 before October 4, $155 after

Presented by: Ren Massey, Ph.D.

Ren Massey, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has practiced in the Atlanta area for over 25 years. Dr. Massey has published on several topic areas, including gender identity, and he presents seminars primarily on gender identity issues. He has provided training for mental and medical healthcare professionals and students, US Federal Bureau of Prisons Staff, community groups, and faculties and staffs of numerous schools as well as universities. He has been an expert witness in state and federal legal cases and has provided case consultation to many colleagues. He is often sought for repeat presentations because of his warm and engaging style of presenting practical and useful information. He bases his program content on empirical research and over a decade of education, experience, and work with approximately 1,000 clients in the transgender/gender-nonconforming community. He was featured on the podcast “The 50 Minute Hour (10/6/2018).”

Dr. Massey is on the Board of Directors of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and is on the Faculty of the WPATH Global Education Initiative. He is also on the committee revising the WPATH Standards of Care to Version 8. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Massey is a Fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and founded the group that became GPA’s Council on Gender and Sexual Diversity. Additionally, Dr. Massey was the 2017-18 GPA President, and he has served on the GPA Ethics Committee.

Workshop Description:

Most clinicians are encountering T/GNC clients, sometimes without even being aware. Others intend to work with this population. Either way, being open-minded and supportive are just the beginning of providing services to people who are T/GNC or questioning. Dr. Massey provides extensive cultural, clinical, legal, and medical information needed as foundations in practicing effectively and ethically with T/GNC individuals and their families. In addition to learning terminology, treatment issues, techniques, and more about this population, attendees will have opportunities to observe and participate in role-playing to practice using tools and information covered in the presentation.

Dr. Massey’s training will focus on adults, and this program is a pre-requisite for a later training on work with T/GNC children and adolescents. (Competency with adult T/GNC clients is a criterion of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health for professionals working with T/GNC youth.) This workshop provides introductory information and intermediate-level material as well as advanced issues clinicians need to be prepared to address. Advanced material comes from cases Dr. Massey has worked with directly or as a consultant. The workshop includes the following topics relevant to working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (T/GNC) Clients:

  • Essential information such as terminology, prevalence statistics, etiquette, plus social and biological factors
  • Major mental health concerns such as suicide risk, non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, and co-existing and differential diagnoses
  • Consideration of minority stress and cultural and personal stressors including School, Work, Family, Public Facilities & more
  • Standards of Care (currently Version 7) of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and other resources for Ethical and Competence issues in work with T/GNC clients
  • Overview of the tasks of mental health professionals working with the T/GNC population, including evaluation, psychotherapy (individual, couples, and family), collaboration with other healthcare professionals and schools, and advocacy
  • Some medical and non-medical treatment options to understand a range of possibilities clients need to grasp as well as review of client satisfaction/outcomes with gender transition-related care and consideration of de-transitioning
  • Frequent psychotherapy and evaluation issues, including role-play exercises and discussion of cases

Dr. Massey brings a candid and accessible style with a touch of humor to the complex issues of trans/gender diversity. He makes the presentation even more stimulating by speaking openly from years of personal and professional experience working with gender issues with children, adolescents, and adults. In particular, he helps audiences understand the healing power of helping clients express themselves fully. He also makes evident how supporting these individuals’ authentic gender identities maximizes their academic, social, psychological, and occupational functioning now and in the future.

Please note: This workshop will include open and candid discussion of and references to human bodies, anatomical parts, and sexual functioning.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Understand and define what gender non-conforming and gender nonbinary are.
  2. Recite data regarding prevalence estimates of people identifying as trans/gnc and rates and reasons of people detransitioning.
  3. Identify mental health risks and their relationship to minority stress.
  4. Describe approaches to gender-affirming hormone treatments and gender-affirming surgical interventions
  5. Explain the different roles performed and ethical issues encountered by mental healthcare providers with transgender and gender-nonconforming clients and their families.
  6. Recognize and utilize specific therapeutic approaches and terminology for counseling transgender and gender-nonconforming clients effectively.


  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Granola Bars Served)
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch Break (Lunch is on Your Own)
  • 1:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Session
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 4:30 - 4:45 Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

6 Core CE Clock Hours by:

  • APA:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NBCC:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6502. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • GSCSW: Pending
  • MFTs:  Pending

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