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     Thursday September 17,2020

9:00AM – 9:15AM

Welcome by: Heather Thompson, Ph.D., LCSW, Interim Director and Associate Professor, 

Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work



9:20AM - 10:15AM

Counseling and Psychotherapy for Transgender Clients: Why? When? How?  According to WPATH

Presenter: Jim Lopresti, PhD, LMHC with Cole Timonere, JD, MS

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health includes sections addressing the role of counselors and psychotherapist in its Standards of Care (7th edition), both in Chapter VII “Mental Health” and in various references in other chapters. In this session we will unpack the language of the Standards of Care and apply WPATH’s guidance to real experiences of clients and their counselors as they are manifested in the counseling room.

  10:45AM – 11:45AM

Transgender Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Presented by : Presenter: David B. Wohlsifer, PhD, LCSW

Florida Atlantic University- FAU

This workshop explores people on the autistic spectrum have been noted to have a higher rate of gender variance when compared to those who are not on the autistic spectrum. Broadening the dominant neurotypical (aka not on the autism spectrum) hold on thinking about aspects of gender identity this workshop will be serve as an opportunity to examine the intersectionality of gender identity and autism. Special attention will be paid to the lived experience of people who have been diagnosed as being on the autism disorder spectrum (ASD) and identify as transgender, gender fluid, and/or gender non-binary. Suggestions will be made for best practices when working with this population and their families.


12:00 NOON –1:00PM

​Report on Photo Voice Project: Trans and Gender Non-Binary Youth Use Pictures to Tell Medical Providers About Their Lives and Their Needs (2020 Photo Voice research project of American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation)

Presenter: Eric Ardman, MD and project participants

Through PhotoVoice, a methodology of community-based participatory research, 5 transgender and gender creative (non-binary) participants, ages 15-17 years old, were recruited in early 2020 to take pictures of their daily lives relating to their gender identity and what they considered to be important for inclusion in conversations with healthcare providers regarding their transitioning process. The project was developed under the auspices of The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and administered at the youth case management and mental health program offices at SunServe in Fort Lauderdale. The pictures and themes which emerged related to transitioning as understood from their unique perspectives and directed toward medical providers will be shared and discussed by the project’s team leader.


1:00PM – 1:30PM  ……LUNCH BREAK


1:30PM – 2:30PM

Advanced Topics in Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy. 

Presenter: Julie Thompson, PA-C,

Medical Director of Trans Health Fenway Health, Boston Mass
This presentation will cover considerations when choosing between the various formulations of gender-affirming estrogen and testosterone, as well as an in-depth, evidence-based discussion on additional medication options and indications for their use including long-acting testosterone, progesterone, and various androgen-blocking medications. 

     2:45PM – 3:45PM

​                     Primary Care - The Providers Role in Transgender Healthcare Presented by: Dr. Howard Alan Grossman   

Transgender people have unsatisfactory and negative experiences of medical care.  For many people the only things that get discussed are hormone therapy and mental health.  Basic primary care often goes unaddressed.  Today we will talk about the major primary care issues of specific concern for transgender people and the things they should be sure get addressed by their providers       


Teen Trans Identity: The Young Search for Identity Beyond the Binary

Presenter: Michael Alexander-Luz, LCSW , Staff

and Youth Mental Health Services, SunServe

Like any other self-identified group in modern life, the transgender community is evolving as new experiences and new viewpoints emerge into public conversation. Not too many years ago any conversation about gender identity would have considered only two alternatives, transitioning from male to female or vice versa. Today’s evolving gender consciousness is far richer and more complex. While hormonal and surgical interventions for transitioning FTM or MTF are still the self- identified needs of a large percentage of the trans community, others have blurred the binary and embrace unique gender identities that therapist need to be able to understand to be prepared for whoever walks into the counseling rooms. Learn from therapists who work almost exclusively with transgender youth about what their search for identity looks like and how they are to be heard and understood now and in the future.


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 Friday September 18,2020


​9:00AM – 10:15AM

Gender is ......Exploring the complexities of gender-breaking tradition

Presented by : Dr.Marilyn Volker,Ed.D,PhD,

American Board of Sexology​

This workshop explores nouns and pronouns, aligning self identified gender expression and self identification in today’s times. Existing beyond a binary....What is Binary - Non-Binary?


                                                             10:45AM– 11:30AM

         Sexual Health Screening for Trans and Gender Diverse People

Presented by: Dr. Asa Radix, Asa Radix, MD, PhD, MPH

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center,NY

This workshop focuses on sexual health as being an important part of a routine medical exam or physical history for all patients, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. the presentation will discuss best practices on how providers should collect a sexual health history from transgender and gender non-binary individuals.


    12:00 NOON– 1:00PM

Essentials of Case Management and Peer Support for a Transitioning Client

Presenter : Misty Eyez and

SunServe Case Management Staff, 

Most cisgender persons of privilege seldom have reason to think twice about many of the circumstances of day to day life that are often traumatic and sometimes even physically dangerous for transgender persons. That includes such regular activities as: Producing legal documents for all kinds of reasons in public life; Making an application for housing or a job, or keeping one once their true gender identity becomes known or outwardly visible; Seeking regular or emergency medical care in a doctor’s office or a hospital E.R.; Getting a driver’s license or any other form of official I.D.; Demanding constitutional protections when challenged by public officials or officers of the law or the courts. Transgender persons need to be vigilant and prepared for challenges, rejection, hostility and possible physical harm in many of those settings while managing the personal, familial, social and cultural demands of the process of becoming visible as who they really are in their day to day world. Counselors and therapists need to be keenly aware of these foundational matters in the hierarchy of human needs if they are to be effective care team members for their transgender clients. Hear from a team of case manages working with the trans community about the challenges and the solutions

                                         1:00PM – 1:30PM  ……LUNCH BREAK


  1;30PM – 2:30PM

Gender Dysphoria in Pediatrics

Presented by: Dr. Alejandro Diaz,

Director of Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, 

Nicklaus Children's Hospital,Miami,Florida 

This workshop discuses Biology of gender identity, transgenderism in history, evaluation and management of gender dysphoria in children, and fertility issues


The “Letters” for HRT and Surgery: Why Write them? When and How to Write Them – a Client Centered Approach

Presenter: Cole Timonere, JD, MS with Jim Lopresti, PhD, LMHC

Many transgender and gender expansive clients connect with therapists because they have been told by their physician or by others in the community that they need to have a letter from a therapist before a medical provider will offer specific medical interventions. In this session we will examine what WPATH has established as a standard of care concerning such a letter and then discuss the varying levels of necessity for the letter and for therapy sessions related to the letter. We will examine that from all three perspectives: the client's, the therapist's and the providers of various medical interventions. And we will consider the challenges that initiating request sets up for the counseling room and ways to meet that challenge that are arise from a "client-centered" rather than a "gate keeping" mind-set.

                                                                                             4:00PM – 5: 00PM 



Presenter: Myka Osorio,PrEP Navigator, Care Resource Miami, Co-Presenter by Jessmarie Gonzalez and panel

The session is to focus on why PrEP is relevant to the transgender community.A diverse panel of transgender individuals on PrEP will share their own experiences.We will explore the specific medical needs of the transgender community, our barriers to access, and the future.