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Continuing Education

Trans Families: It’s Everyone’s Transition (canceled)

Date: 9:00am PDT September 12, 2014

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    Reid Vanderburgh, M.A.

This workshop has been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

When a person transitions from one gender role/bodily sex to another, everyone they are close to also undertakes their own form of transition. This course will examine the nature of transition from the perspective of family members/close friends using videos, interactive exercises, and panel discussions comprised of families with trans children and couples who have gone through transition and remained together.

Upon completion of this course, participants will understand:

  • What “trans” means, and how gender differs from sexual orientation;
  • How different forms of relationship may be impacted by transition (spouse/partner, parents, siblings, offspring, etc.);
  • The long-term nature of the transition process, and how issues change over time;
  • The therapist’s role in supporting transition, depending on who the client is.

Who should attend?

This course requires no prior knowledge of trans issues and is designed for counselors, therapists and other mental healthcare professionals, school counselors, and staff at family services agencies.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Friday-Saturday, September 12-13, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Reid Vanderburgh, M.A.

Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 1 semester hour, $350

Register for continuing education credit (PDF)

Noncredit: $250, includes 15 CEUs or PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

This workshop has been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

About the Instructor

Reid Vanderburgh is a retired therapist, living in Portland, Oregon. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Portland State University in 1998, and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies in 2001. During his career as a therapist, he worked with over 450 clients, helping them answer the question, “How do I want to live my life?”, in the context of gender identity. He now works as a writer, educator, and consultant on issues pertaining to trans identity.

Reid is a member of IFGE (International Foundation for Gender Education) and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health). He is the author of Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity, first published in 2007 and now in its second edition. He is currently working on his second book, “Journeys of Transformation: Stories from the Acronym.” He is also the author of the article “Appropriate Therapeutic Care for Families with Pre-Pubescent Trans/Gender-Dissonant Children” (Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 2009) and “The Story of Diana, Daniel, and Mary” (International Journal of Childbirth Education, 2012). In addition, Reid has authored book chapters in: Trans Bodies/Trans Selves; Letters for my Brothers; and From the Inside Out. He has also published numerous brief articles on his website,

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