Providers Training Day - Friday, April 26
Transgender Health and Wellness:
Providing Primary Care and Mental Health Services for
Transgender People and Their Families
This one-day conference is designed for new or experienced medical and mental health providers who are interested in the care of adult and pediatric gender-nonconforming, transgender, and transsexual people and their families. There will be medical and mental health tracks, and opportunities to explore the importance of interdisciplinary teams to coordinate care for this patient population. The programs will run concurrently with The Empire Conference, an informational and networking conference for transgender people at the Hotel Albany in Albany, New York on Friday, April 26, 2013; and share the keynote speaker, Dr. Milton Diamond of the University of Hawaii.
The medical track
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- Plenary Session:
Medical & Mental Health Track
- Medical & Mental Health Sessions
- Luncheon & Keynote Address
- Medical & Mental Health Sessions
- Optional Dinner Out with Empire Conference Attendees
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will feature local providers as well as nationally known experts in the field of transgender primary care, surgery, mental health, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and endocrinology. These programs will offer participants evidence and experienced-based guidelines for the care of transgender people, including how to: assess readiness for and prescribe cross-sex hormone treatment, monitor patients during treatment, and determine which routine health maintenance tests should be performed over time. There will be discussions of guidelines for assisting gender non-conforming children, medical treatment for transgender teens with GnRH analogues (puberty blockers), and cross-sex hormone therapy. There will be a review of the gender-confirming surgical options available for gender transition.
The mental health track will focus on the assessment and treatment of gender non-conforming, transgender, and transsexual people within a systemic context focused on building competency among mental health providers and allied professionals. Participants will become familiar with the diversity of identities and expressions for those who are gender non-conforming, transgender, transsexual, and intersex, and will recognize the importance of language and community affiliation in the development of identity formation. These programs will include a review of the evolving roles of mental health clinicians in working with this population, and discuss how to untangle gender variance from psychiatric issues.
« Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC
Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD »
This program has been designed to meet the interest of primary care physicians, family physicians, internists, pediatricians, gynecologists, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, emergency medicine physicians, social workers, psychologists, therapists, mental health providers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical/mental health students. Allied health professionals are welcome to attend.
- Describe the components of sexual identity, including natal/biological sex, gender identity, gender role, gender expression and sexual orientation and recognize how they are distinct from one another and how they overlap and impact one another
- Recognize evidence based and experience based recommendations for providing hormone therapy to transgender patients. This includes discussion of the most commonly prescribed feminizing and masculinizing hormone regimens, laboratory monitoring, and routine health maintenance for female-to-male and male-to-female patients.
- Describe the therapeutic guidelines outlined in the Seventh Edition of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) Standards of Care.
- Describe barriers to health care for transgender patients, the impact of transphobia and stigma on the mental health of transgender people.
- Describe the unique mental health concerns of transgender clients and their partners and families.
- Describe the care of gender non conforming children and adolescents, and review principles of childhood gender development and "social transitioning" for children exploring their gender.
- Describe the WPATH Standards of Care guidelines for medical treatment of transgender adolescents with pubertal suppression drugs and cross sex hormone therapy.
- Describe the surgical procedures performed during gender confirmation surgeries.
- Describe how care of the transgender patient can be incorporated into primary care practices.
- Describe optimal methods for coordinating care between medical and mental health providers when providing care for the transgender patient and families.
- Describe office protocols which demonstrate cultural competence in regard to transgender patients. Identify resources for ongoing training and support while caring for transgender patients.
- Recognize the specific medical and mental health concerns of intersex people.
- Describe limitations regarding evidence based guidelines for medical therapies due to ongoing need for research in this field.
Albany Medical College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Albany Medical College designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The National Association of Social Work will provide continuing education units for social workers.
This program is sponsored by Albany Medical College's Department of
Endocrinology, and the Office of Continuing Medical Education,
The Northeast Division NYS National Association of Social Workers,
The Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Project (SOGI) of the University at
Albany School of Social Welfare, and The Empire Conference.