Trauma, Attachment, and Transgender/Non-Binary Experiences Training

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Trauma, Attachment, and Transgender/Non-Binary Experiences Training

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In 2014, a Time magazine cover story heralded a “Transgender Tipping Point.” Just a few years later, transgender people in the United States continue to face daily discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations; barriers to accessing physical and mental health care; and violence and harassment at home, work, and school. The toll that this ongoing discrimination takes on the bodies and minds of trans-identified individuals, especially youth and people of color whose marginalized status increases their risks and limits their resources, plays a critical role in the suicide epidemic that plagues the transgender community. In light of these harsh realities, the resilience of transgender people, individually and as a community, is stunning.

Trans-identified people have often found healing and support outside of the traditional mental health settings. However, mental health and wellness service providers in a variety of settings have the potential to positively intervene in the lives of trans and non-binary people through relationship-building and advocacy for gender-affirming environments. Drawing on concepts from Pat Ogden’s Modulation Model of trauma treatment and Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, this day-long workshop will integrate theories from the field of trauma-informed, attachment-focused somatic psychology with intersectional, gender-affirming clinical practice to explore strategies for supporting transgender clients across the lifespan. Participants will be introduced to the Gender Affirmative Model of Care and will leave this interactive workshop with practical strategies to enhance their work with trans and non-binary clients.

Who: Service providers focused on mental health & wellness (including but not limited to therapists, counselors, social workers, herbalists, bodyworkers, and acupuncturists)

What: A dynamic conversation about the intersections of trauma, relationships, healing, and gender. You will learn about models, concepts, tools, terminology and resources related to nervous system regulation, attachment relationships, gender and sexuality.

When: Saturday, May 19th, 9AM-4:30PM (75 minute lunch break)

Where: Land of the Sky UCC Fellowship Hall (15 Overbrook Place, Asheville, NC 28805)

Why: Trans and non-binary clients need access to mental health and wellness providers who understand trauma, attachment and the impact of transphobia in the healing process. Providers will feel more confident and offer better care when equipped with this analysis.

Early bird (ends 4/30/18): $89
Regular online registration (after 4/30/18): $109
Groups of 5+ or previous training participants: $75
Land of the Sky service providers: $75
Full-time Students: $45
Trans/Non-Binary/People of Color who would not be able to attend due to cost: $45

**If you are a provider or student who identifies as trans or non-binary and/or as a person of color and cannot afford the reduced registration fee, please email

**If you would like to make an optional $10 Donation to Tranzmission, please choose the registration option that applies to you alongside “+ Donation.”

**Certificates of attendance for 6 contact hours are included in the registration cost. (CEU info for North Carolina social workers from the NC Social Work Licensing Board: "The Board does not require pre-approval of organized training events attended by the social worker.  However, your continuing education activity is subject to audit.  Although CEU or attendance certificates should not be attached to your Renewal Affidavit, you will need to be able to provide upon request, verifiable proof of attendance and credit hours.")

About the presenters:
Heather Branham, LCSW (she/her/hers) has been studying gender and sexuality for almost 20 years. In her private psychotherapy practice based in Asheville, NC, Heather specializes in relationship-focused, somatic trauma treatment. She has a special interest in working with survivors of sexual violence and members of queer and trans communities. She has completed Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II training and is a certified yoga teacher. Her previous clinical work focused on treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and early intervention with traumatized children.

Stephen Wiseman, LCSW (they/them/theirs) is a trans, Appalachian queer social worker committed to undoing oppression in all its forms through advocacy, direct action, education, and good old-fashioned conversation. Stephen's advocacy work has included positions at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Equality North Carolina. Stephen has also served NC families as a social worker in the Triangle-area and Asheville.

Heather and Stephen are frequent presenters on topics relevant to trans and non-binary communities and consult with professionals and organizations seeking to improve their services to these communities. Their Just Conversations project facilitates nuanced conversations about gender, sexuality, violence, healing, and liberation through through training, advocacy, and storytelling.

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