- Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals
- Live, Interactive Webinar Continuing Education Hours: 2 (Two)
- Thursday, March 7, 2024 – 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST
Gender-Affirming Care Myths vs. Realities Course Description
Please note that course time above is Pacific Standard Time.
In gender-affirming care, a plethora of myths persist, often fueled by misinformation and societal misconceptions. One prevalent myth is that gender-affirming care is solely about medical interventions or surgeries, overshadowing the comprehensive and individualized nature of such care. In reality, gender-affirming care encompasses a broad spectrum of supportive measures, including mental health services, hormone therapies, and social transition support.
Another myth revolves around the assumption that only binary gender identities are valid, neglecting the diverse and nuanced experiences of individuals across the gender spectrum. The reality is that gender-affirming care recognizes and respects the identities of non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming individuals. Dispelling these myths is essential for fostering a more inclusive and informed understanding of gender-affirming care, ultimately promoting the well-being and dignity of individuals seeking these crucial services.
In this webinar we will examine some of the myths and realities of gender-affirming care using the World Professional Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care Version 8.
Gender-Affirming Care Myths vs. Realities Course Objectives
After successfully completing this course the student will be able to:
- Discuss and describe some common myths regarding gender-affirming care
- Discuss and describe the scientific literature on gender-affirming care
- Discuss the WPATH Standards of Care in gender-affirming care
- Describe a rationale for the use of gender-affirming care
- Discuss how gender-affirming care can save lives
- Discuss what the literature says regarding gender-affirming care’s “regret rate”
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Instructor Qualifications and Contact Information
This course was created by Charlton Hall, MMFT, PhD.
Charlton Hall, MMFT, PhD is a former Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor and a former Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (now retired from both those roles).
In 2008 he was awarded a two-year post-graduate fellowship through the Westgate Training and Consultation Network to study mindfulness and ecotherapy. His chosen specialty demographic at that time was Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr. Hall has been providing training seminars on mindfulness and ecotherapy since 2007 when he founded what would become the Mindful Ecotherapy Center, LLC, and has been an advocate for education in ecotherapy and mindfulness throughout his professional career, serving on the South Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Board of Directors as Chair of Continuing Education from 2012 to 2014.
He served as the Chair of Behavioral Health for ReGenesis Health Care from 2014 to 2016 and trained all the medical staff in suicide risk assessment and prevention during his employment at that agency.
Dr. Hall is also a trained SMART Recovery Facilitator and served as a Volunteer Advisor in South Carolina for several years.
In Dr. Hall’s professional capacity as a Marriage and Family Therapist, he worked extensively in the realms of Gender Dysphoria and Gender-Affirming Care. He continues to be an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and care.
Dr. Hall’s area of research and interest is using Mindfulness and Ecotherapy to facilitate acceptance and change strategies within a family systemic framework, and he has presented research at several conferences and seminars on this and other topics.