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Good Grief! Strategies for Coping
Anti-trans legislation and attitudes have been heartbreaking. Increases in anti-trans and anti-other-marginalized people have often compromised our safety. The unrest throughout the world has been daunting. The COVID years have been hard. The reversal of basic rights has shaken many of us to our core. All of these things and more have led many of us to feel deep, profound, and pervasive grief.
This gently moderated panel will bring together individuals from multiple perspectives: spiritual (Jennifer Nordstrom), clinical/mental health/therapy (Travis Trott), and within-community perspectives (Cameron Overton).
Trans/Gender-Expansive Tech Safety in the post-Dobbs Political Climate

It’s a tough time for bodily autonomy if you defy reactionary ideas of gender and reproduction. Since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe, there’s been a lot of discussion about tech safety, digital privacy, and access to medical care. Most of it has been centered on non-trans women, and most of it has been focused on a few specific potential concerns, such as period tracker apps. At the same time, there has been an increasing social and political backlash against trans/nonbinary/gender-expansive individuals and communities, their supportive family members and friends, and their care providers. This webinar will go beyond the spotlight to discuss tech safety, privacy, and security for trans/gender-expansive survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking who are seeking care in a fraught political climate.

Register: https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y6HWLjKjSmi-OaJD93nvng

Presenter: Jessie L, Technology Safety Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

 

Overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t mean overturning the right to inclusive, trauma-informed healthcare for trans and nonbinary people

This workshop will explore what reproductive health care looks like for Trans and Nonbinary people. Topics will include accessing reproductive trans health including everything from birth control to abortion options. Trans and nonbinary sexual assault and trauma survivors often have additionally complex relationships to reproductive healthcare, which will be woven into this workshop. We will provide real-life stories of Trans and Nonbinary accessing this care

Presenters:

Afton Bradley is a nurse and social worker who has provided direct care and managed multiple trans health programs in Virginia. They work as a direct practice nurse, consultant, trainer, and educator for LGBTQIA+ health services amongst providers, institutions, and community consumers.
Afton Bradley, FNP, MSW, BSN, RN (they/them pronouns)

J (they/them) currently coordinates a Trans Health Program in the South. Their background is in social work with an emphasis on LGBTQ health, sexual health, immigrant justice, HIV, reproductive justice, harm reduction, and anti-violence. J is particularly interested in mutual aid, community organizing, dismantling systems of oppression, and community defense. Their work is rooted in community and is influenced by growing up queer in the rural south. They believe strongly in communities coming together to solve the challenges their own communities face and building power within. J is committed to liberation, dignity, justice and safety for ALL people. They love possums, outdoor adventures, foraging, and Dolly Parton.

Shared Solidarities: Abortion & Transgender Healthcare

This workshop will discuss how reproductive rights and trans rights are inextricably linked and how the Dobbs decision has impacted Trans and Nonbinary people seeking healthcare. Content will include the implications of this intersection specific to trans and nonbinary folks who have experienced sexual assault and trauma. We will share real-life stories of the impact this is having on TGNB individuals and provide some historical and current political context as well.

Presenters:

Afton Bradley is a nurse and social worker who has provided direct care and managed multiple trans health programs in Virginia. They work as a direct practice nurse, consultant, trainer, and educator for LGBTQIA+ health services amongst providers, institutions, and community consumers.
Afton Bradley, FNP, MSW, BSN, RN (they/them pronouns)

J (they/them) currently coordinates a Trans Health Program in the South. Their background is in social work with an emphasis on LGBTQ health, sexual health, immigrant justice, HIV, reproductive justice, harm reduction, and anti-violence. J is particularly interested in mutual aid, community organizing, dismantling systems of oppression, and community defense. Their work is rooted in community and is influenced by growing up queer in the rural south. They believe strongly in communities coming together to solve the challenges their own communities face and building power within. J is committed to liberation, dignity, justice and safety for ALL people. They love possums, outdoor adventures, foraging, and Dolly Parton.

Dismantling the Gates: Informed Consent Models of Care

A substantial barrier to care for many trans and nonbinary people has been standards of care that put therapists in a position of “gatekeeping” for those pursuing hormones, surgery, or even name changes. More providers are adopting an informed consent model, that empowers trans and nonbinary individuals and opens up the therapist/client relationship. This webinar will help therapists and social services professionals understand informed consent models of care and how it can work for them and their clients.

Pre-registration: https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_TTW1ClTpqHyYHFqV3PNA


Other webinars in this series:

This is part of a four-webinar series in year 1 of WiTEACH. Join us for any or all of these training events.  Webinars are intended for mental health and other service providers, as well as open to any community member who is interested in improving the mental health of trans and nonbinary people.

1_ Supporting Trans Mental Health: Uncovering Barriers and Building Solutions
Thursday, October 6, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kSCLFU53TqWwkJdUra1Ffg

2_ Standard and Trans-specific ACEs: Shifting the Course of Trauma to Create Healthier Trans Adults
Thursday, November 10, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nYfrkfGnRFSKU3QY0ZcViw

3_ State-Sanctioned Hate: The Impact of the “Culture Wars” on Trans Lives
Thursday, January 12, 2023
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_asC2L5CpQmKJDseqtkLvlw

4_ Dismantling the Gates: Informed Consent Models of Care
Thursday, February 9, 2023
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_TTW1ClTpqHyYHFqV3PNA

State-Sanctioned Hate: The Impact of the “Culture Wars” on Trans Lives

There are actual human casualties of the current U.S. “culture war” involving trans identities and rights. In this training webinar for therapists and social services professionals, we’ll discuss the actual effects what’s happening in legislatures, social media, and “news” shows are having on trans and nonbinary individuals and families. We’ll also discuss what individuals can do to help mitigate the damage.


Other webinars in this series:

This is part of a four-webinar series in year 1 of WiTEACH. Join us for any or all of these training events.  Webinars are intended for mental health and other service providers, as well as open to any community member who is interested in improving the mental health of trans and nonbinary people.

4_ Dismantling the Gates: Informed Consent Models of Care
Thursday, February 9, 2023
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_TTW1ClTpqHyYHFqV3PNA

Standard and Trans-specific ACEs: Shifting the Course of Trauma to Create Healthier Trans Adult

What happens in childhood impacts our physical and mental health for the rest of our lives. Trans people experience even more Adverse Childhood Experiences than other people, a fact that contributes to our greater mental health problems. This webinar will introduce the ACE studies to those who are not yet familiar, review trans-specific experiences that may help explain trans people’s higher ACE scores, and delineate some strategies for helping to right the disparities.

Pre-registration: https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nYfrkfGnRFSKU3QY0ZcViw


Other webinars in this series:

This is part of a four-webinar series in year 1 of WiTEACH. Join us for any or all of these training events.  Webinars are intended for mental health and other service providers, as well as open to any community member who is interested in improving the mental health of trans and nonbinary people.

1_ Supporting Trans Mental Health: Uncovering Barriers and Building Solutions
Thursday, October 6, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kSCLFU53TqWwkJdUra1Ffg

2_ Standard and Trans-specific ACEs: Shifting the Course of Trauma to Create Healthier Trans Adults
Thursday, November 10, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nYfrkfGnRFSKU3QY0ZcViw

3_ State-Sanctioned Hate: The Impact of the “Culture Wars” on Trans Lives
Thursday, January 12, 2023
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_asC2L5CpQmKJDseqtkLvlw

4_ Dismantling the Gates: Informed Consent Models of Care
Thursday, February 9, 2023
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_TTW1ClTpqHyYHFqV3PNA

Supporting Trans Mental Health: Uncovering Barriers and Building Solutions

Mental health challenges are common in the trans community. This webinar is intended for therapists, mental health providers, and other social services professionals.  Topics to be explored include the higher rates of mental health issues, why rates might be higher, common barriers trans community members face in accessing effective mental health assistance, and what steps providers can take to reduce those barriers. We will also examine the resilience so many trans people embody, as well as the challenges.


Other webinars in this series:

This is part of a four-webinar series in year 1 of WiTEACH. Join us for any or all of these training events.  Webinars are intended for mental health and other service providers, as well as open to any community member who is interested in improving the mental health of trans and nonbinary people.

1_ Supporting Trans Mental Health: Uncovering Barriers and Building Solutions
Thursday, October 13, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kSCLFU53TqWwkJdUra1Ffg

2_ Standard and Trans-specific ACEs: Shifting the Course of Trauma to Create Healthier Trans Adults
Thursday, November 10, 2022
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nYfrkfGnRFSKU3QY0ZcViw

3_ State-Sanctioned Hate: The Impact of the “Culture Wars” on Trans Lives
Thursday, January 12, 2023
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_asC2L5CpQmKJDseqtkLvlw

4_ Dismantling the Gates: Informed Consent Models of Care
Thursday, February 9, 2023
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Central
By zoom; pre-registration required
https://forge-forward.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V_TTW1ClTpqHyYHFqV3PNA

WiTEACH – Harm Reduction

Stay tuned for information about the guest speaker who will lead us through a wide-ranging and thought-provoking discussion of using harm reduction principles with trans and nonbinary people who have experienced harm. Both professionals and community members will find much to think about in this engaging workshop.

Registration information available soon.


Who is welcome at WiTEACH?

Everyone who wants a Wisconsin within which trans and nonbinary individuals and families are welcomed, supported, and helped to thrive.

About Wisconsin Transgender Education and Advocacy Coalition for Health:

WiTEACH is a new trans people/service providers/community members statewide coalition designed to focus and make more effective efforts to improve the lives of transgender and nonbinary individuals and families. We invite you to join us!

Our first year will be devoted to expanding and improving the availability of quality mental health care for transgender and nonbinary people throughout the state.

WiTEACH Community Meetings (Zoom)
2nd Wednesday of the month

 

WiTEACH – Roundup of support organizations

Even though we started our WiTEACH meetings by mapping the state’s trans resources, by the time we’ve been working together for eight months, we should have identified additional groups and resources that we didn’t know about in the beginning. At this meeting, we’ll invite these new and newly-discovered groups to introduce themselves.

Registration: https://forge-forward.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvf-qrrT8tGtwV9y2dXvOjpc_m9bjoS0W5

 


Who is welcome at WiTEACH?

Everyone who wants a Wisconsin within which trans and nonbinary individuals and families are welcomed, supported, and helped to thrive.

About Wisconsin Transgender Education and Advocacy Coalition for Health:

WiTEACH is a new trans people/service providers/community members statewide coalition designed to focus and make more effective efforts to improve the lives of transgender and nonbinary individuals and families. We invite you to join us!

Our first year will be devoted to expanding and improving the availability of quality mental health care for transgender and nonbinary people throughout the state.

WiTEACH Community Meetings (Zoom)
2nd Wednesday of the month

 

 

WiTeach – Upper Wisconsin

Trans organizations from Upper Wisconsin will present who they are and what they do at this meeting. Come learn where you can go and to whom you can refer!

Registration: https://forge-forward.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvf-qrrT8tGtwV9y2dXvOjpc_m9bjoS0W5


Who is welcome at WiTEACH?

Everyone who wants a Wisconsin within which trans and nonbinary individuals and families are welcomed, supported, and helped to thrive.

About Wisconsin Transgender Education and Advocacy Coalition for Health:

WiTEACH is a new trans people/service providers/community members statewide coalition designed to focus and make more effective efforts to improve the lives of transgender and nonbinary individuals and families. We invite you to join us!

Our first year will be devoted to expanding and improving the availability of quality mental health care for transgender and nonbinary people throughout the state.

WiTEACH Community Meetings (Zoom)
2nd Wednesday of the month

WiTEACH – Lower Wisconsin

At our second WiTEACH meeting, we mapped the state’s trans resources. In this meeting, we’ll hear directly from some of lower Wisconsin’s leading groups about who they are and what they offer.

Registration: https://forge-forward.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvf-qrrT8tGtwV9y2dXvOjpc_m9bjoS0W5


Who is welcome at WiTEACH?

Everyone who wants a Wisconsin within which trans and nonbinary individuals and families are welcomed, supported, and helped to thrive.

About Wisconsin Transgender Education and Advocacy Coalition for Health:

WiTEACH is a new trans people/service providers/community members statewide coalition designed to focus and make more effective efforts to improve the lives of transgender and nonbinary individuals and families. We invite you to join us!

Our first year will be devoted to expanding and improving the availability of quality mental health care for transgender and nonbinary people throughout the state.

WiTEACH Community Meetings (Zoom)
2nd Wednesday of the month

 

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