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Transgender: A Decolonizing Framework for Transitioning in Clinical Practice

Date: 9:00am - 1:30pm PST December 15 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel

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Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel

What are the relationships between colonialism, gender and race? What is the relationship between the term “transgender” and colonialism?

What are the connections between colonialism and violence against transgender people of color, specifically women/feminine expressing individuals? What are clinical interventions consistent with this framework?

In its initial introduction, colonialism imposed a new gender system for colonized males and females, more so than it did for white middle-class colonizers. This introduced gender itself, as a colonial concept and mode of organization. This affected economic structure, property relations, cosmologies and ways of knowing. Centuries later, these concepts continue to influence our ideas of gender. 

This workshop brings together the complexities of intergenerational legacies of colonization relative to race, gender identity and sexuality and proposes alternatives to navigate and affirm multiple identities in counseling.

Participants will discuss the ways in which colonial-based binaries involve body and mind, the spiritual and the material, male and female, and dark and light.  Clinical interventions consistent with challenging these binaries will be discussed.

Through presentation, discussion, experiential activities and small group interaction, participants will learn basic principles of a decolonization perspective, how to integrate race and gender identity in their work with transgender clients, integration of body/mind/spirit clinical interventions, and narrative life storytelling to increase adaptive responses in working with transgender clients.

Following this Workshop Participants will:

1. Learn a basic understanding of key decolonization concepts and a rationale for challenging binaries in clinical practice

2. Identify ways of integrating at least three clinical interventions into their work with transgender clients, including mindfulness, body awareness, imagery and narrative.

3. Understand the impacts of binarism and cisnormativity (white, normative bodies/ideals of masculinity and femininity) on the clinician, the family, and transgender individual’s process.

This workshop may meet the OBLPCT Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement. Click here for more information

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, December 15, 2017

Time: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, PhD, Stace Parlen, LMFT Intern

Cost: $65, includes 4.5 CEUs or PDUs, $30 student rate. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. Refreshments provided.

This workshop is currently full.  If you wish to be placed on a waitlist, please contact the Center for Community Engagement, cce@lclark.edu.

About the Instructors

Dr. Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe is associate professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at Lewis & Clark. She is a licensed family therapist, a licensed professional counselor, and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She maintains a private practice at All My Relations Counseling in Portland

Stace Parlen, LMFTI is in private practice at Postcript Therapy. They work with LGBTQ communities with a specialty in transgender identities. They offer assessment, treatment planning and care coordination and counseling for youth adults and their families, in addition to psychoeducation workshops for clinicians, businesses, schools and communities. Their framework centers on the belief that life is a journey and there may be no end point for “transitioning.”

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