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Foundations to Trans-Competent Clinical Care:

Tools for therapists in clinic & private practice settings

Friday, June 9th, 9:30am-12:30pm

Workshop Description:

Bring greater confidence into your therapeutic practice with transgender and gender diverse clients with this two-part training! Now more than ever, in our current political climate, these particular clients need providers who are ethically equipped to help them navigate the systems that can often be hostile, marginalizing, painful, and convoluted.

Pull your practice forward by learning the nuts and bolts of providing strong documentation to help clients access transition-related services while limiting liability to your license, enhancing your advocacy skills, and strengthening your empathic rapport with your clients.

This two-part workshop will start with an hour-long foundational training with Perry Cohen, seasoned facilitator of gender and diversity training programs and the founder and Executive Director of The Venture Out Project.

Part II of this workshop will be a two-hour interactive presentation with Hunter Greenwood-Swanson, LICSW, a local therapist with a decade of experience working clinically with transgender and gender diverse individuals. Hunter will provide guidance on writing letters for clients seeking transition-related services (such as hormone-replacement therapy and surgeries) in a variety of clinical scenarios. He will discuss strategies for strengthening an informed-consent based practice in line with the Standards of Care and will field participant questions about all steps of the process.

Workshop participants will leave with a wide variety of customizable letter templates to cover various clinical scenarios, confidence to advocate for their clients effectively within best practice guidelines, and a clearer understanding of the potential barriers clients often face in seeking care and how to overcome them.

LICSWs licensed in Massachusetts, New York, and California are eligible to receive 3 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) upon completion of this workshop and will get a certificate for proof of participation at the end of the workshop.

This workshop assumes a basic level of understanding of terminology and concepts related to the full spectrum of trans identities. All participants are highly encouraged to attend both sections of the workshop however, Part I (9:30am-10:30am) with Perry Cohen will remain optional. If you choose not to attend this portion, please plan to arrive at 10:30am.

Light breakfast and coffee will be provided. Please bring a pen and notebook. Questions can be directed to Yana Tallon-Hicks at y.tallonhicks@gmail.com.

Workshop Schedule: Friday, June 9th 

9:30-10:30: Foundational Training with Perry Cohen
(Strongly encouraged though optional, price per workshop ticket remains the same. If you choose not to attend this portion, please plan to arrive at 10:30am.)

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:30: Letter-Writing & Informed-Consent Based Practice Presentation with Hunter Greenwood-Swanson, LICSW

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About the Presenters:

Hunter Greenwood-Swanson, LICSW is a local therapist with nearly ten years experience working clinically with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to facilitate a process of identity-building based in empowerment and authenticity. He works in close collaboration with medical providers to support clients’ surgical and hormonal transitions and facilitates clients’ explorations of all aspects of identity, focusing on gender and identity development.

He is an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and a personal member of the local transgender community in Western Massachusetts.



Perry Cohen is a seasoned facilitator of gender and diversity training programs and the founder and Executive Director of The Venture Out Project. He works with colleges, schools and other institutions to develop and deliver comprehensive and progressive curriculum around gender diversity.

Perry has previously served on the Boards of Darrow School and the Windham United Way and has presented papers on gender and sport at national and international conferences and has been an invited speaker at UC Davis, The University of Maryland, Colby College, The University of New Mexico and other institutions and conferences.


This training is sponsored by

The Venture Out Project


Yana Tallon-Hicks // yanatallonhicks.com 


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