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Continuing Education

Mental Health Assessments and Planning for Transgender-Affirming Surgeries

Date: 8:30am - 4:30pm PST March 10, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 116

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Lewis & Clark Graduate School, York 116

Quality “letters” for gender-affirming surgery start with quality assessments and preparation.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to collaborate with and prepare clients for transgender-affirming surgery by using a comprehensive assessment to screen for biopsychosocial factors that can complicate—or be complicated by—surgery and perioperative care; creating holistic treatment recommendations; and supporting clients through the steps of surgical preparation and recovery.

Participants will be exposed to the fundamental dynamics of each gender-affirming surgery that is covered by insurance.

During this training, participants will engage in didactic presentation, self-reflection, case reviews, mock treatment planning, videos of clients’ experiences, and paired role-play.

After the training, participants pursuing CEU credit will submit 1-2 mock letters for review and feedback. This training meets OBLPCT’s 4 hour cultural competence continuing education requirement.

Those who complete all parts of the training will be added to a vetted list of providers shared by Brave Space and community medical providers.

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • Define WPATH, insurance, and surgeon requirements for quality letters and assessments.
  • Present the expectations for chest reconstruction, breast augmentation, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, hysterectomy/oophorectomy, phalloplasty, electrolysis, vaginoplasty, and facial feminization surgeries.
  • Present the purpose and rationale of an assessment to a client.
  • Conduct a thorough mental health assessment for gender affirming surgery.
  • Utilize concrete tools for preparing clients for surgery.
  • Write a comprehensive letter of support that is consistent with WPATH standards of care, insurance and surgeon’s criteria, and includes a surgery preparation treatment plan.

Participants will gain access to the Brave Space Surgery Planning Guide, a helpful tool for perioperative planning, quality letter and assessment templates, and the Powerpoint slide for future reference

Prerequisite Note: It is recommended that participants have experience and competence working with transgender and non-binary clients.

Workshop Details & Registration

Dates: Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Kate Kauffman, LPC

Noncredit: $125, before 2/15, $150 after. Includes 7 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20% on early-bird and standard registration rates.

Students: $50  |  L&C Staff: $75  (Contact cce@lclark.edu to register)
Student and Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended.

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About the Presenter

Kate Kauffman, LPC, has specialized in serving transgender and non-binary people and their families for three years. She has served as a clinician, supervisor, trainer, and manager during this time.  She has collaborated with colleagues to build models of care for cisgender family identity development, gender-affirming practices with children and youth, and informed consent assessment and planning practices for medical procedures. In 2016, Kate founded Brave Space, LLC, a social services community for transgender and non-binary children, youth, and adults, and their families. Kate presented the Families In Transition model at the U.S Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH) conference in 2017. Her trainings are conditionally approved for the Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Cultural Competency Continuing Education series.  Kate is a member of the Oregon Transgender Health Coalition, which advocates for systemic health coverage for OHP insured Oregonians. Kate is a cisgender, white, queer, privileged person who uses she/her pronouns.