CARS Transgender Trainings

FORGE is offering six trainings in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, Community Access to Recovery Services (CARS).  All trainings are customized for CARS staff and other mental health / substance use professionals

Space is limited and CARS staff and allied agencies will be given first priority.

Please click the link under each title/date to register for the events you (and your colleagues!) would like to attend.


1. Transgender 101

Feb. 8, 2019  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Register! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-transgender-101-cars-tickets-53933264847

Topics to be covered include:

  • Reviewing sexual orientation vs. gender identity/expression – looking at language and terminology
  • Examining the full range of trans and non-binary identities
  • Understanding the importance of pronouns and names, including what is considered “legal” gender and name
  • Knowing what local, state, federal non-discrimination laws are in place to protect transgender clients (and all of your clients!)
  • Working within legal and agency regulations – addressing common challenges agencies face
  • Managing disclosure and privacy issues
  • Exploring what “safety” is in a trans context
  • Sharing the new “Who Are Transgender People?” brochure – its use in your agency
  • 10 free and easy things every agency can do to improve services for trans and non-binary clients

2. Trans and non-binary housing issues

Feb. 8, 2019  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2-transgender-and-non-binary-housing-issues-cars-tickets-54305842236

Topics to be covered include:

  • Placement in sex-segregated facilities
  • Placement in gender-integrated facilities
  • Developing a better understanding of non-binary, agender, and gender fluid identities
  • Handling roommates – solutions that work
  • Navigating potential challenges with client bias and bathrooms
  • Addressing client safety
  • Managing disclosure and privacy issues

3. Trans/NB advocacy with outside agencies

Feb. 22, 2019  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Register!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-transgender-and-non-binary-advocacy-with-outside-agencies-cars-tickets-54306141130

Topics to be covered include:

  • Determining clients’ advocacy preferences
  • Informing clients of what to expect when working with other providers or agencies
  • Supporting trans/non-binary clients as they access other systems
  • Communicating what’s needed (or required) while protecting your trans/non-binary client’s privacy
  • Learning about who is already doing good work in the community
  • Enhancing advocacy tips for attempting to change/improve other agencies’ transgender cultural competency

4. Transitioning and medical issues

Feb. 22, 2019  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4-transitioning-and-medical-issues-cars-tickets-54306377838

Topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding the various aspects of transitioning and/or medical options people may pursue
  • Helping clients choose their medical, social and legal priorities and timeline(s)
  • WPATH vs. informed consent
  • Linking trans person with other trans resources
  • Discussing medical issues and concerns associated with medical transition, mental and physical health, and substance use
  • Finding supportive medical (and other) providers for trans and non-binary clients to work with
  • Reviewing the newly published “Trans in Wisconsin” Guide, including how to best use with clients

5. Policies/Procedures/Outreach

March 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Register! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-transgender-clients-policiesproceduresoutreach-cars-tickets-54306758978

Topics to be covered include:

  • A review of the current legal requirements (local, state, federal)
  • What types of policies should be in a place at behavioral health and substance use agencies
  • How intake forms and procedures can be more inclusive and informative
  • Enhancing a culture of respect through both behavior and policies/procedures
  • Outreach to trans/non-binary potential clients

6. Strengthening anti-bias efforts

March 8, 2019  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register!  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6-strengthening-anti-bias-efforts-transgender-clients-cars-tickets-54306907422

This training will focus on how agencies can draw on their existing strengths of addressing bias and helping staff translate those skills to bias against transgender and non-binary clients.

Content will allow participants to examine their own biases, as well as look at their agency’s internal culture and how staff and consumers interact with each other.