Trans Behavioral Health Care Initiative (TBHI)



Check-in will begin at 7:30 am on Thursday, June 4th outside of room 116 (please see attached map).  



·         The Pennsylvania Convention Center has a variety of entrances, and this year we have moved to a new part of the building. The address of the professional track entrance is 1301 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

·         A google map of the convention center location is here:

·         Professional track attendees should enter through the doors at the Northwest corner of 13th street and Arch street (from Arch St.).

·         Please see the attached map of the convention center to familiarize yourself with the location of rooms 115A, 115B, 115C and 116 (the Professional Track rooms)




CLE courses will be held in room 115B

TCCM courses will be held in room 115C

TBHI courses will be held in room 115A

Co-occurring workshops will be held in room 116


SCHEDULE – Thursday, June 4, 2015







7:30-8:30 Registration

8:30am-9:15 Opening Remarks

·         9:30-11:00am #1Rigid, Flexible, or ? Will the real WPATH Standards Please Stand Up?

·         11:10-12:10pm #2 Who's Afraid of Choice?


·         9:30-11:00am #1: 101: Intro to Care and Management of the Transgender patient in the Primary Care Setting

·         11:10-12:10pm #2: Update on health Insurance and Healthcare Discrimination Law


·         9:25-10:25am#1: Breaking ID Barriers: Improving the Name and Gender Change Process

·         10:30-11:30am #2:Direct Legal Services to the Trans Community

·         11:40-12:40pm#3: Trans Youth in the Juvenile Justice System


*Please remember that lunch will not be provided. Feel free to pack a lunch or visit nearby establishments like Reading Terminal Market.

TBHI 12:10-1:10                                               TCCM 12:10-1:10                                          CLE 12:40-1:40


·         1:10-2:10 (co-occurring) #3 The Assessment and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria in Children and Adolescents

·         1:10-2:10 (co-occurring)

#4 Grief and Loss Through the Lens of Spiritual Self-Identification

·         2:20-3:50 #5 Gender Trauma: EMDR with Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Persons


·         1:10-2:10 #3: Medical Options for Trans* Youth

·         2:20-3:50 (co-occurring)#4: Trans Health: An Evidence Based Update

·         2:20-3:50 (co-occurring)#5: Nursing/Medical Care for Trans Patients in Hospital and Community Health

·         1:40-2:40pm #4: Trans Issues in the Criminal Justice System

·         2:50-3:50 #5:Update on Health Insurance and Healthcare Discrimination Law


4-5:30 #6 PACTS (Pediatric and Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Services)

Interdisciplinary Panel for All Tracks

SCHEDULE – Friday, June 5, 2015




·         8:30-10am #7 Autism and gender variance

·         10:10-11:40am (co-occurring) #8 Group therapy for transgender and gender expansive adolescents and young adults

·         10:10-11:40am (co-occurring) #9 Preventing suicide in transgender and gender nonconforming


·         8:30-10am #7: Genital Surgery Including Reversal Options Setting

·         10:10-11:10am  #8: Gender Confirmation Surgery

·         11:15-12:15pm#9: The BLAST Initiative: BRCA1 Long-term Actions on Susceptible Trans* Populations

·         8:30-9:30am #7: Trans Competence in Courtroom Settings: Experiences in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania

·         9:45 -10:45am#8: In re Vanesa: Best Practices in Engaging Legal Volunteers to Represent Trans Asylum Claims

·         11am-12pm #9: Cultural Competence for Lawyers: Understanding Medical Science is Key to Transgender Legal Competency * (ethics credit)


*Please remember that lunch will not be provided. Feel free to pack a lunch or visit nearby establishments like Reading Terminal Market.

TBHI 11:40-12:30                                                      TCCM 12:15-1:05pm                             CLE 12pm-1pm


11:40am – 12:40pm: Open Poster Session

·         Creation and Implementation of the National Practice Guidelines for Psychologists

·         Research on Trans* Identity: New Insights Using a More Inclusive Approach

·         Estrogen Therapy for Patients with Gilbert’s Syndrome: Can Knowledge from Contraception Resources Help Guide Practice

·         12:30-1:30pm (co-occurring) #10 Trans and gender non-conforming therapists: on disclosure, countertransference and navigating dynamics of privilege and marginalization

·         12:30-1:30pm (co-occurring) #11 Beyond a safer sex kit: examining art therapy as an effective tool for exploring sex, sexuality and pleasure with sexually marginalized populations (*accredited by NASW only)

·         1:40-2:40pm #12 Being heard: mental and vocal health perspectives about voice and identity

·         2:50-4:20pm #13 Identifying and interrupting disturbances of contact through a Gestalt lens: Introjection


·         1:05-2:05 #10: Case Studies within an Informed Consent Model; Are We Obligated to Prescribe?

·         2:10-3:10 #11: HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care Services for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People – Best Practices for Primary Care Providers

·         3:15-4:15#12: The History of Transgender Medicine in the United States

·         1:10-2:10 #10: Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace: Law and Workplace Issues

·         2:20-3:40 #11: Federal Policy Update

·         3:40-4:30 Networking Break



4:30-6pm #14 Pathways to Parenthood for Trans* People

Interdisciplinary Panel for All Tracks

6-8pm Professional Track Networking Mixer at Field House





6/4/15: Opening Night Reception @ 7:30pm at William Way (1315 Spruce St.)

6/5/15: Professional Networking Mixer @ 6:30pm at Field House (1150 Filbert St.)



For the first time, the professional track is excited to present a Trans-Health poster session, offering innovative and cutting edge research from a variety of Behavioral Health and Medical providers. Please check out the poster presentations on Friday, July 5th from 11:40-12:40pm in the Professional Track hallway outside of rooms 115A, B and C.


We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!



The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference Team


Registration for TBHI is now CLOSED. 

14th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

June 4-5, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia


If you have questions about attending the TBHI track of the conference please contact

This training is for behavioral health/mental health professionals and students of behavioral health/mental health professions.

Summary of TBHI:

The aim of the Trans Behavioral Health Care Initiative course within the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference is to provide instruction and training opportunities to therapists, psychologists and social workers who offer services to trans-identified clients or have interest in learning more about how to provide trans affirming care. This series of workshops will outline evidence based research, clinical methodology and best practices for clinicians and will be presented by leaders in the field of mental health and transgender services.

Lecturers will present on current topics and modalities relevant to the intersection of behavioral health and gender, while including a contextual backdrop drawn from pertinent policy and legal considerations. Workshops will also highlight existing community-based resources and link participants to additional client supports and examine gaps in services for trans identified patients.



New in 2015: APA Credits for Psychologists!

The TBHI Track will be co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists. The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. The Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program provides 14 hours of CE credits for Psychologists.

NASW-PA will provide 14 CEUs for Social Workers attending TBHI.

¿De qué se trata la Iniciativa de Salud Mental para Transexuales (TBHI en Inglés)?

El objetivo del curso  de TBHI de la Conferencia de Salud Transexual de Filadelfia es la formación de terapeutas, psicólogos y trabajadores sociales quienes les ofrecen servicios a clientes transexuales o a quienes les interesa aprender más sobre como ofrecer servicios adecuados y afirmativos a gente transexual. Esta serie de talleres, presentado por líderes en el campo de salud mental y servicios transexuales, incluirá la investigación basada en evidencia, la metodología clínica y las prácticas adecuadas.

Los profesores presentarán sobre temas actuales y métodos relevantes a la intersección de salud mental e identidad de género, basado en los contextos políticos y legales de hoy. Además, los talleres destacarán los recursos comunitarios existentes y les conectarán a participantes con estos servicios, mientras examinan las deficiencias que siguen en los servicios para clientes transexuales.


Please join us after the continuing education program each day for our evening events:

Opening Night Ceremony, June 4th, 7pm at William Way

Professional Networking Mixer, June 5th, 6pm at Field House



Behavioral Health

EarlyBird (Now Closed)




$75 - Master Level, NASW Member


$85 - Masters level, non-member


$135 - Doctoral level



The cost of the course is based on continuing education credit pricing for the credits that will be offered for the entire 2 day training. The type of credits needed will be dependent on the level of education (PhD/MD, MS, BA/BS, or other) required by your certification body.  Please check with your certifying organization about if they will accept Continuing Education Units from the National Association of Social Work in which case you can register for the Master/Bachelors/Other Level Certification/Licensure Credits. If they do not accept those credits and require credits from a higher level certifying body please register for the Doctoral Level Credits as we will be offering credits appropriate for that level (more details coming soon).  If you are an NASW member your credits are discounted.



Cancellation Policy:  Written cancellation must be received on or before May 15, 2015 and the full amount will be refunded less a $5 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after