Trans Behavioral Health Care Initiative (TBHI)


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14th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

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


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.

¿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.


12.99 continuing education credits will be offered for TBHI by the NASW-PA. 


Behavioral Health

EarlyBird (Now Closed)




$75 - Master Level, NASW Member


$85 - Masters level, non-member


$135 - Doctoral level



Thursday June 4,2015 Behavioral Health
8:30-9:15 Opening Remarks from Dr. Rachel Levine 
15 min break
9:30-11Rigid, Flexible, or ? WPATH standardsAndre Wilson, Kit Rachlin, Jennifer Hastings, Jamison Green1.5
10 min break
11:10-12:10Who's afraid of choice?Laura Jacobs1
12:10-1:10pm LUNCH
1:10-2:10The assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescentsRussell Healy, Luke Allen1
1:10-2:10 room 116Grief and loss through a lense of spiritual self identificationLaura Hinds, Lisa Pozzi1
10 min break
2:20-3:50pmGender Trauma:EMDR with trans* and gender non conforming personsMischa Peck1.5
10 min break
Friday June 5,2015 Behavioral Health 
8:30-10Autism and Gender VarianceZosia Zaks 1.5
10 min break
10:10-11:40Group thereapy for transgender and gender expansive adolescents and young adultsMatt Oransky, Beth Burke1.5
10:10-11:40 BREAKOUT ROOM 116Preventing suicide in transgender and gender nonconforming clientsRylan Testa, Colton Keo-Meier1.5
11:40-12:30 LUNCH BREAK
12:30-1:30Beyond a safer sex kit: examining art therapy as an effective tool for exploring sex, sexuality and pleasure with sexually marginaized populationsGlenn Smulyan1
12:30-1:30 BREAKOUT ROOM 116Trans and gender non-conforming therapists: on disclosure, counter transference and navigating dynamics of privilege and marginalizationSand Chang, Avy Slolnik, Mira Krishnan1
10 min break
1:40-2:40Being heard: mental and vocal health perspectives about voice and identityChristie Block, SJ Langer, Julie Lipson, MA, MT-BC1
10 min break
2:50-4:20Identifying and interrupting disturbances of contact through a gestalt lens: introjectionJennifer Jones, Alison Gerig1.5
10 min break
Pathways to Parenthood 4:30 - 6:00pm Gutman, Braverman, Palmer
Mixer @ Fieldhouse 6:15 - 9pm 

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.


 Registration is OPEN

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