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Gender Affirmative Therapy: Traditional Needs with James


James Moore is nonbinary and has been going to therapy for about a month. They need help processing the social and professional challenges they face on a regular basis as a gender nonconforming person of color. Listen to James’ concerns and help them explore the pressures they feel about negotiating their gender identity in different social interactions.

Processing moments of discrimination with clients can be challenging for mental health professionals. It is common for therapists, counselors, and social workers to unknowingly use microaggressions that push clients away during sessions. Unfortunately, many individuals report negative experiences in therapy resulting from lack of provider knowledge. Effective training can help providers develop the skills and confidence needed to create a safe and trusting environment where gender minorities feel comfortable and validated when sharing their experiences.


Social Work & Students


5 - 8

Average Time
per Session

30 - 45

Teaching Objectives:

  • Supporting a Client’s Sense of Self
  • Identifying and Acknowledging Microaggressions, Discrimination & Binary-Gender Expectations
  • Creating a Safe and Trusting Environment
  • Validating a Client’s Identity and Experiences

Included in Training:

  • A Training Guide with information on gender affirming care and working with clients in a respectful manner that positions them to achieve their best outcomes.
  • A Simulated Conversation with a varied character to prepare learners for clients with different acceptance levels of the connection between their identity & systemic social pressures.
  • Comprehensive Feedback during and after each play to help guide skill development.

This training was developed in collaboration with Towson Universityand with funding from The National Institutes of Health (Grant Number: #R44MD014112).

This training can be purchased as a part of the Gender Affirmative Therapy Training Suite. Please Contact Us for more information on pricing.