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Transgender, Transsexual and Gender Nonconforming Clients

Working with Transgender, Transsexual and Gender Nonconforming Clients

Saturday, October 15, 2016
University of Denver
Graduate School of Social Work - Community Room
2148 South High St. Denver, CO 80208

Time: 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Registration begins at 7:30 A.M.

Professionals (Full Day): $150
Students (must provide valid student ID): $100
Parking will be available for $12

Participants can earn up to 7.25 hours of continuing education (CE).

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Course Description 

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) in partnership with the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), Gender Identity Center of Colorado (GIC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) are proud to present a one-day intensive workshop for clinicians like you focused on working with transgender, transsexual and gender nonconforming clients in your work.

This intensive workshop for clinicians includes a HHS Policy panel with an overview of Section 1557, the recently implemented nondiscrimination provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as clinical training with Arlene Lev. The two training will include clinical issues working with transgender adults and an advanced afternoon session emphasizing family issues with trans youth and gender non-conforming children and youth.

The policy panel is sponsored by OCR, OASH and SAMHSA. The clinical training is sponsored by GIC, as well as GSSW and CPD at the University of Denver.

Learning Objectives:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Policy Panel:
  1. Learn about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services LGBT Consultation Team's (Health Resources & Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Office for Civil Rights, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) respective programs, resources, and efforts specifically affecting the LGBT community.
  2. Understand Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination provision which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in health programs and activities.
  3. Gain knowledge on Section 1557's new requirements regarding sex discrimination which prohibits discrimination based on an individual's sex, gender identity, and sex stereotyping.
  4. Learn how the HHS Office for Civil Rights enforces Section 1557 through investigations and technical assistance to health providers, programs, and issuers.
Clinical Issues in Working with Transgender Adults Workshop:
  1. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the definitions, terms, concepts, and paradigms relative to competent practice with transgender clients and their families, including the components of sexual identity, including sex, gender identity, gender role, and sexual orientation, and how they impact one another.
  2. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the impact of discrimination on the developmental lifecycle and psychological health of transgender people and to describe the heterogeneity of lifestyles across cultural, class, age, race, ethnic, religious and political cohorts and communities and encourage cultural competence regarding diverse sexual minorities.
  3. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the pros and cons of various treatment models for working with transgender people, including an examination of diagnostic indicators, an overview of the evolving Standards of Care, and a presentation of advocacy-based, narrative, and social justice implications for treatment.
Working with Gender Non-Conforming Children, Trans Youth, and their Families Workshop:
  1. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the diverse expressions of gender identity and expression, and the complex issues impacting families with gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.
  2. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of clinical practice skills that support diverse sexual and gender identities, based on emerging evidence-based research and clinical best practices.
  3. Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of a biopsychosocial, strengths-based approach in understanding specific gender development issues (i.e., coming-out) as well as coupling and family-building concerns, within a feminist, narrative, and systemic framework.

Read About Our Panelists:

Find out more about Lisa M. Cohen, M.A., M.S.W. and her work.

Lisa M. Cohen

Lisa Cohen brings more than 15 years of experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS, currently serving as a Regional Resource Consultant (RRC) on a public–private partnership. Prior to this, she worked as a disease intervention specialist in the sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Lisa brings a wealth of experience in raising community awareness; providing outreach, especially with community mobilization and social justice efforts; and offering technical assistance and training within communities at risk for or confronted with HIV/AIDS and/or viral hepatitis. She also creates culturally relevant programs and has been successful in the implementation phase by supporting collaborative efforts that engage organizations in working more effectively and efficiently with the populations served. Lisa has been serving as Region VIII's RRC since 2006, with the scope of work ranging from capacity building, a mobilization testing campaign, a peer education program, and currently focusing on the federal blueprints of prevention and care integration to address health disparities. Her graduate work from the University of Denver was a dual degree in international development and social work.

Find out more about CAPT Christina Mead, Pharm.D. and her work.

Christina Mead

Dr. Mead earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Creighton University School of Pharmacy in 2001. During her training, she joined the US Public Health Service (USPHS) as a Commissioned Corps officer serving the Indian Health Service (IHS). Following graduation, she completed her Primary Care Residency in IHS.

Dr. Mead began her 8 year career with IHS which encompassed various clinical areas of primary care, specialty care, pharmacy-managed clinics, acute care, emergency medicine, inpatient management and pharmacy student preceptorship.

In 2009 Dr. Mead joined Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and currently serves as the Regional Pharmacy Consultant for HHS Region VIII (CO, UT, MT, WY, ND, SD). In her current position, she collaborates across federal departments, HHS agencies, state governments, health networks, academic institutions, and federal grantees to provide policy guidance across HRSA programs, ensure program integrity, coordinate resources, and align both federal and state health and public health initiatives and priorities.

In addition to her HRSA duties, Dr. Mead is an active member of the USPHS cadre of officers who respond and deploy to imminent public health concerns, national emergencies, and disasters when federal response is necessary.

Find out more about Andrea Oliver, M.A. and her work.

Andy Oliver

Andy Oliver is the Regional Manager for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rocky Mountain Region. During her employment with OCR, Ms. Oliver has served as the Deputy Regional Manager and an OCR investigator who conducted complaint investigations, provided technical assistance, and conducted outreach activities. Prior to her employment with OCR she was a foster care social worker for St. Joseph's Children Services, Brooklyn, New York. A Denver native, Ms. Oliver attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. She received her Master's Degree in Communication Studies from the University of West Virginia.

Find out more about Ian Shipps, J.D. and his work.

Ian Shipps is a supervisory investigator in HHS' Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In addition to supervising three investigators and investigating his own cases, he participates in outreach events as often as possible. In particular, Ian is involved with the OCR's initiatives and outreach activities pertaining to HIV/AIDS and the LGBT community. Ian is married to Troy, his partner of more than 10 years, and they are busy raising their three children who are all under 3 years of age.

Find out more about Charles H. Smith, Ph.D. and his work.

Charles Smith

Charles Smith, PhD is the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).

Dr. Smith is the former Director of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado as well as a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in fields of behavioral health administration, forensic psychology, integrated care, clinical training, research, and consultation.

Read About Our Training Facilitator:

Find out more about Arlene (Ari) Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CST and her work.

Arlene Lev

Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev LCSW-R is a social worker and family therapist, who is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting ( where she has provided individual and family therapy in Albany NY for nearly 30 years. She is also the Director of TIGRIS—The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (, a professional training program in Albany, New York. Arlene specializes in issues related to gender and sexuality, including working with the LGBTQ couples and families. She is a Credentialed Alcoholism Counselor (CASAC) and a Certified Sex Therapist (ASSECT). Additionally, she has a strong commitment to working with families formed by adoption.

Arlene is a part-time lecturer at the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare where she is the Project Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI). She is an international lecturer on issues related to sex and gender, and has taught at Smith College School for Social Work, Empire College, Vermont College, Union Institute and University, and the California School of Professional Psychology. Arlene has authored over 30 journal articles and book chapters and including authoring two books: The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide and Transgender Emergence, which was the winner of the American Psychological Association (Division 44) Distinguished Book Award, 2006.

Arlene has served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations, is the Founder and Board President of Rainbow Access Initiative, and the Clinical Supervisor for Center Support: Counseling Services, a low-cost therapy program at The Pride Center of the Capital Region. She also served as a committee member of World Professional Association for Transgender 7th revision the Standards of Care which has revolutionized the medical and mental health treatment of transgender people worldwide. She can be reached at:


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Thank you to our sponsors:

Department of Health and Human Services

Gender Identity Center Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Office of Civil Rights

Graduate School of Social Work Phoenix RISE


For registration and information contact the Center for Professional Development at  or 303-871-4161

This program is approved for 7.25 hours of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.