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Trans Ohio Conference

August 5, 2011 - August 7, 2011

August 5, 2011
Transgender Survivors: Statistics, Stories and Strategies for Providers (1.5 – 2hours)
This interactive and fast-paced workshop will encourage participants to expand their transgender vocabulary and conceptual framework(s), specifically in how they apply to transgender sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or hate violence survivors.  Attendees will increase their ability to fluidly and respectfully interact with and serve transgender survivors and loved ones.  Topics will include prevalence rates, barriers to accessing services, and unique issues facing transgender survivors and service providers.  Participants will leave with practical steps that will assist them in modifying existing policies and procedures, identifying and lowering barriers to service, and improving effective services to transgender survivors and loved ones.

Trans Aging: What we know and don’t know (1 – 1.5 hours)
Minimal data exists on transgender aging.  For example, we don’t know about the long-term effects of hormones or have definitive answers about how social security benefits impact transgender individuals/couples.  Many transgender people wonder how they will be treated by service providers as they age.  At the same time, service providers yearn for more information about transgender elders so they can better serve their clients.  Even though data is sparse, what we do know is rapidly expanding.  Come hear the latest results of surveys of transgender elders, recent policy changes and ongoing lobbying efforts, and what efforts are being made to train professionals on how to competently and respectfully serve transgender older adults.  Learn also how you can “plug into” networks and media sources that address various transgender aging issues.  This workshop is led by staff from the FORGE Transgender Aging Network, a partner in the federally-funded National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
Services Outside the Box: Helping your clients navigate sex-segregated services (2 hours)
In an ideal world, every client would have access to ANY medical and mental health service they need.  Unfortunately, many services are sex-segregated, which creates additional barriers to clients (and providers).  This didactic and interactive workshop will examine how to creatively advocate for and with your clients around services such as sexual assault / domestic violence support groups and housing, OB/GYN/urology appointments, forms and policy management, referrals and networking. Providers will leave new solutions to old problems — benefitting their clients and their field.

August 6, 2011
Soothing the soul through words, images, and experiential learning
This workshop is a dynamic, interactive, experiential, and reflective space that encourages and allows participants to transform feelings about personal or global loss, trauma, or life-hardships into empowered hope.  Attendees – in a structured, safe, creative setting – will use writing, art, and movement exercises to address topics that impact us all. Participants will leave with a renewed sense of hope, community, and connection with themselves and with others. All materials provided, but feel free to bring your favorite healing journals and tools. No experience necessary.


August 5, 2011
August 7, 2011
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