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Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Adult Clients: Four Keys to Create a Gender-Affirming Therapeutic Environment

  • Challenge the gender binary spectrum
  • Transition goals: non-medical, medical & legal
  • Ways to support the coming out process

Seventeen years ago my husband told me that he had started on feminizing hormone therapy. From that moment on, my life would never be the same. Although I was midway through a graduate degree program in marriage and family therapy, nothing I was studying prepared me for what I was about to experience. Through our journey, as he became the woman she was always meant to be, I learned what compassion, respect and acceptance truly is for an individual who identifies as transgender. In this workshop, I will share not only my uniquely personal story but, most importantly, will provide you with the treatment strategies I have developed over 14 years while working with transgender and gender non-conforming adult clients.

Whether you are working with clients who are already out in the community, living a stealth life, are questioning their gender identity or have just recently come to the realization that they are transgender or gender non-conforming, this seminar will prepare you to become a culturally competent, supportive resource for their exploration of gender identity and gender expression.

Learn how to create a safe and respectful therapeutic environment in which clients can navigate their way through their very personal transition process on the way to living an authentic life. Throw away your preconceived ideas about what is masculine and feminine and open your heart and mind to developing an understanding of what it is like to not adhere to the traditional binary concept of gender. Become the much-needed ally for the transgender community.


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Dianne Gottlieb, MS, LMFT
Full Day
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Feb 13, 2018
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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DIANNE GOTTLIEB, MS, LMFT, gender therapist, has been working with transgender and gender non-binary individuals and their families for over 15 years. She is dedicated to being a resource and advocate for her clients and is a respected educator of therapists and medical professionals in Arizona.

A former film studio publicist and national television producer, Dianne has a private practice in Scottsdale, AZ, where she specializes in gender therapy, premarital counseling, love relationship problems, life and career transitions, self-esteem issues, and LGBTQ counseling.

A graduate of Seton Hall University with a Masters of Science in marriage and family therapy, she is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a past board director of the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. For nine years, Dianne also taught college courses in abnormal psychology and the psychology of human sexuality.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dianne Gottlieb is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dianne Gottleib is a Clinical Fellow for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; and the Arizona Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Speaker is the ex-wife of an individual who identifies as transgender.

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  1. Communicate the complexities that transgender clients face daily including physical, mental, and social discomfort and how to address these in clinical practice
  2. Develop a deep comprehension of the ways that a client’s own identity can create a trusting, effective relationship, and how their identity can negatively affect the clinical relationship.
  3. Apply concepts of affirmative clinical practice with gender diverse clients.
  4. Ascertain the various gender diverse identities and understand the ways that intersecting identities create further challenges in daily life.
  5. Assess your current clinical practice to determine how affirmative your practice is for gender diverse clients.
  6. Individualize and create a transition timeline and goals with your client.
  7. Prepare letters for clients seeking feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgeries.


  • Distinguish Between Sex and Gender
    • Difference between sex and gender
    • How gender identity is formed
    • Phenomenon of being intersexed and transgender
  • Challenge the Binary Gender Spectrum
    • Examine the traditional binary gender spectrum by challenging traditional views of gender
    • Gender identity vs gender expression
    • Latest terminology
    • Physical, mental, and social discomfort
  • 4 Keys to Create a Gender-Affirming
    • Therapeutic Environment
    • Gender-Affirming Therapy Model
    • Prepare inclusive intake forms
    • Create a gender-neutral setting and safe environment
    • Gender-appropriate, respectful language
  • Mental Health in Gender Dysphoric Clients
    • Distinguish between Gender Dysphoria and other mental health diagnoses
    • Possible causes of transgenderism
    • Evaluate for possible co-existing disorders found in transgender clients: Anxiety, Depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and body dysmorphia
    • Suicidality and self-mutilation
    • History of gender identity and self-realizations
    • Explore feelings of internalized transphobia
  • Early Stages of Transition
    • Identify transition goals: non-medical, medical, legal, and social
    • Create a transition timeline
  • Coming Out Process
    • Who, when and how to tell others
    • Help families process the coming out of a loved one
    • Transitioning on the job
    • Feeling unsafe in America
    • Create a support system
  • Address Medical & Legal Transition Goals
    • Medical transition goals - WPAT H Standards of Care
    • Therapist’s role as a “Gatekeeper”
    • Informed Consent Model of treatment
    • Prepare letters for feminizing/masculinizing hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgeries
    • Effects of cross-gender hormones
    • Basics of gender-related surgeries
    • Prepare clients for legal name, gender marker and birth certificate changes
  • Gains & Losses of Transitioning
    • Social impact of coming out and transition goals on intimate relationships, family and friends
    • Help families and significant others navigate their own reactions
    • Changing roles in love relationships and families
    • Positives of living an authentic, accepted life
    • Potential negatives
      • Loss of relationships
      • Impact on children
      • Dealing with others’ unacceptance
      • Confusion or grief
      • Discrimination
      • Loss of employment
      • Homelessness
      • Changes in societal status and privilege
      • Financial and legal burdens
  • Socially Living an Authentic Life
    • Learning new gender roles
    • Dating as my true self
    • Passing concerns
    • Living a stealth life
  • Become a Resource for Transgender Clients
    • Referral resources in the medical community
    • Local and national trans-friendly resources
    • Support groups and Gender-Affirming organizations
    • Build the therapist’s competency - WPAT H’s Global Education Initiative: The Path to Certification

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses, Addiction Counselors, Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 398


Claire H - Atlanta, Georgia

"Excellent! Will recommend"


"excellent course"


"Diane did an AMAZING job teaching us through this seminar! She was thorough, clear and provided a perfect balance of experience and other material to teach us. I am grateful to have learned from her, I learned so much! Thank you so much Diane!!!"

Christina A - HENDERSON, Nevada

"This seminar was very informative and provided information that I can implement immediately in my work. Thank you!"

Jill N - Chester, Connecticut

"excellent seminar- highly recommend"

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