In person training opportunity in Manchester NH

TRANSGENDER: Shedding Light on the Issue Dividing our Nation, Tormenting Clients, and Challenging Religious and Business Communities, May 12, 2023

University of New Hampshire Professional Development and Training and The New Hampshire Pastoral Psychotherapist Association are proud to present a day with Rev. Dr. Paula Stone Williams, an internationally known speaker, educator, and consultant on Transgender and LGTBQ+ issues. Find out more or register here.

About the Seminar

With lecture and ample Q&A time, this seminar will help participants understand and support transgender and LGBTQ+ clients, parishioners, employees, and friends whose lives have been upended in our current political environment.

Part 1 – Learning About and Assisting Transgender. This “Transgender 101” session will answer questions about the transgender experience and provide practical tools needed to be an effective therapist, religious leader, employer, friend, and advocate for transgender individuals and for the community.

  • What does it mean to be transgender?
  • What is the difference between gender identity and sexual identity?
  • Is gender dysphoria genetic, pre-natal, or environmental, or are there multiple causes?
  • Why is the number of transgender people increasing?
  • How can advocates help make life better for those who are transgender?

Part 2 – Understanding Religion and the LGTBQ+ Community. Most church leaders and members of conservative congregations continue to disseminate anti-trans misinformation and fuel political activism. History shows that people can change their minds, but not unless new information is offered in non-threatening ways. This session will help participants learn to interact with religious individuals and communities in ways that can bring about positive societal change.

  • Why has the religious right become so vocal and politically active regarding trans issues?
  • How did transgender adolescents become the political flashpoint they are today?
  • What role does religion play in the current anti-trans rhetoric and the battle for LGBTQ+ rights
  • What is the best way to bridge the divide and constructively move forward?

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