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.

Schedule Overview

  • Sign In
  • Welcome
  • 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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The medical track 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.

Conference Organizers
« Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC
Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD »

Target Audience

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.



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.