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June 2016

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

June 9 - June 11
Pennsylvania Convention Center,
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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FORGE staff will be present again at the 15th annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference! Find us in the vendor area to make FREE buttons that express your feelings, identity, and creativity. While you are there, pick up resources for you, your family or friends, your clients, or your providers. With over 3,000 attendees annually, the FREE Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) aims to educate and empower individuals on issues of health and well-being; systemic change; as well as facilitate networking,…

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Trauma-Informed Practices for Community Organizing (PTHC)

June 9 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center,
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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Workshop at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Description: Organizing and leadership are hard work. Organizing within a community that is deeply impacted by trauma –bullying, discrimination, harassment, microaggressions, minority stress, sexual and intimate partner violence, hate-motivated violence, and more – can be even more challenging. This workshop will highlight common behaviors associated with trauma-based responses. Organizers and community members will learn how to more easily recognize behaviors linked to trauma in order to better create events, systems, and structures that…

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Balancing Trauma: Building A Trauma-Informed Artist’s Life (PTHC)

June 9 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center,
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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Workshop at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Description: Trauma, whether it is from childhood abuse, losing a job, intimate partner violence, ableism, compassion fatigue, etc. can inform the ways that we structure our lives. We tend to build coping techniques that we may or may not find helpful and we do so in order to protect ourselves from future and/or past traumatic experiences. Many of us are both survivors as well as social change agents who know the power art…

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Helping Trans IPV and SA Survivors (PTHC)

June 10 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center,
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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Workshop at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference - Professional Track Description: We now know that at least half of transgender and gender non-binary individuals have survived sexual assault, and at least a third have experienced intimate partner violence. Luckily, helping survivors in respectful and culturally-competent ways has gotten substantially easier in the past few years. In this very practical workshop we will: Discuss new federal laws and regulations improving trans and GNB survivors' access to services funded by: Review training…

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Trans Youth Sexual Assault Survivors: Skills for Advocates (WCSAP)

June 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A webinar for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.  Registration information: http://www.wcsap.org/transgender-youth-sexual-assault-survivors-skills-advocates Description: What are some of the unique considerations in working with trans and gender non-binary youth who have experienced sexual assault? Join this webinar to gain practical skills in working with trans/gender non-binary survivors who are pre-teens and teens. Content will address unique issues and strategies of working with both trans youth from supportive family structures and youth who do not have stable home or school environments. Topics…

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August 2016

Gender Odyssey

August 4 - August 7
Washington State Convention & Trade Center,
Seattle, WA United States

FORGE will host our first ever Espavo Project Photo Shoot in the eclectic city of Seattle, WA at the Gender Odyssey Conference! Espavo Project photographer, Leigh Houghtaling, and Espavo Project Coordinator, Katie Taylor, will be onsite and ready to help guide you through your photo experience. Participation is FREE and all attendees will receive a FREE copy of their photo (up to an 8x10) that will be mailed to them after the conference. Espavo, means “Thank you for taking your…

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National Sexual Assault Conference

August 31 - September 2
Unnamed Venue,
Washington, DC United States

FORGE is pleased to be tabling at the National Sexual Assault Conference again this year! Find us in the vendor area to make FREE buttons that express your feelings, identity, and creativity. We look forward to speaking with you and sharing a wide array of resources with you to bring back to your agency and peer network. We are proud to be co-sponsoring the Male Track again this year with 1in6.org Check back for updates on workshops that will be…

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Complex Communities, Simple Solutions: Making a difference for transgender survivors (NSAC)

August 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Description: This fast-paced training will stimulate attendees to expand their conceptual framework(s) about transgender survivors of sexual violence. Trans-specific research will highlight barriers to accessing services, as well as some of the unique challenges trans survivors face. Data will also guide discussion on how providers and systems can lower barriers and integrate effective strategies to better serve trans survivors. Attendees will leave feeling empowered, with clear and direct practical steps on how to make agencies trans-accessible, culturally responsive, and welcoming.…

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Transgender Sexual Health: An Advocate’s Guide to Disclosure, Exposure and Consent – NSAC

August 31 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Description: For transgender and gender non-conforming survivors of sexual assault, negotiating their trans history, survivor status, consent and other needs can be daunting. In this highly interactive workshop, facilitators will guide advocates through activities that explore these topics so they may build the skills necessary to better serve the transgender community. Presenters: Katie Taylor michael munson   Conference: National Sexual Assault Conference http://www.nsvrc.org/nsac  

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September 2016

Working with Trans Men: Unique Challenges and Opportunities for Healing (NSAC)

September 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Description: An interactive workshop focusing on the unique service implications of working with transgender men who have experienced childhood or adult sexual abuse/assault.  This workshop will focus on mental health services (acute and long term, both one-on-one therapy and groups, traditional and non-traditional healing modalities), acute post-assault care (forensic exams and other medical interventions), and longer term physical health implications. Participants will leave feeling more confident in working with trans-masculine survivors.   Conference: National Sexual Assault Conference http://www.nsvrc.org/nsac  

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