Open to all healthcare professionals interested in providing trans-affirming care to their clients/patients. CEUs issued by NCBTMB
Transgender identity is becoming more visible in our culture. As a result, more individuals are feeling comfortable disclosing their identity and living as their true gender expression in their daily lives.
For service providers in the helping professions, this means that more transgender clients are seeking massage and other forms of therapeutic touch and holistic healthcare. Transgender clients need culturally competent providers who are aware, affirming, and empowering of their transgender identity as well as knowledgeable in how to address the unique health issues related to their gender non-conforming body.
This live class includes both Parts 1 & 2 of the course:
This lecture and discussion course focuses on the responsibilities of providing transgender-affirming care and teaches the interpersonal skills needed to be respectful and affirming of transgender clients’ identity as well as strategies for making your practice more affirming.
Participants will learn:
- Learn vocabulary to discuss gender expansiveness
- Receive tips to create a gender affirming practice
- Get clear on the concept of Gender 101
- Use gender neutral pronouns with confidence
- Understand the intake needs of trans clients
This lecture and discussion course explains the physical and psycho-emotional aspects of gender transition and identifies some of the unique health issues of transgender clients. Non-hands on exploration of select techniques to support clients making medical and non-medical transitions from their gender assigned at birth to express their gender identity.
Participants will learn:
- Understand hormone replacement therapy
- Learn the impacts of gender transition on the body
- Recommendations of bodywork to support transition
- Understand dysphoria & its impact on bodywork
- Descriptions of gender affirming surgeries
Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2023
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Cortiva Institute – Cromwell campus
45 Shunpike Road, Suite 10 | Cromwell, Connecticut 06416
Number of Hours: 6
Instructor: Frances Reed
What to Bring:
- Note taking supplies
- An open mind and positive attitude.
About the Instructor:
Frances Reed, LMT is passionate about making holistic therapies safe for transgender clients by teaching therapists the interpersonal and technical skills to meet the unique needs of transgender clients. They’ve been a licensed massage therapist since 2011, using a structural integration framework to support people at all stages of gender transition. Based on over a decade of work with transmasculine clients, Frances has developed a set of techniques for assessing and treating chronic pain and discomfort in people who bind their chest as well as protocols for pre- and post- top-surgery care. They are the author of a forthcoming book on binding health and pain management, which is the first of its kind.
Frances teaches practitioners cultural competency skills that they need to provide affirming care to transgender clients. Since the January 2022 closing of their trans- and queer-centered wellness center, Frances is in private practice doing transition-related bodywork in Washington, DC. Frances is a graduate of Smith College and the Potomac Massage Training Institute and founder of Freed Bodyworks Wellness Center and HealthyBinding.com.