When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 9am-5pm
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Keynote Speakers: Acey Mercer, LMSW and Sidney Trantham, PhD
Additional Workshop Presenters: Steffani Brandenburg, LCSW, LICSW, CST and Julie Mencher, LICSW
Moderators: MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham, Ed.D., LMFT and Nancy Knudsen, LMFT
Rates: See Below
CE’s**: 6 CE’s pending for LMFT’s, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
The frameworks of gender and sexuality have shifted dramatically in recent years from discrete categories to conceptualizing both aspects of identity as a spectrum. Many therapists feel the need to play catch-up with these cultural shifts in order to understand our clients’ experiences and struggles. Becoming familiar with the new terminology and concepts is a critical first step. Applications to the clinical setting comes next.
This symposium will begin with a keynote presentation offering state-of-the-art information on sexual and gender identity given by Acey Mercer, LMSW from the Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (TIGRIS) in Albany NY. A case presentation will follow with a panel of discussants to comment. Finally, there will be two workshop slots in the afternoon offering a range of presentations on specific topics in working with clients across the gender and sexuality spectra.
Afternoon workshop information and registration will be available by July 15.
Early Bird Rate Before 9/14:
Regular | $135
Agency Clinician/Student* | $95
NEAFAST Member | $125
Full Rate After 9/14:
Regular | $160
Agency Clinician/Student* | $125
NEAFAST Member | $150
Call for Workshop Proposals:
We’re accepting proposals for 90min workshops as part of this year’s Symposium. Deadline to apply is extended to July 6.
Acey A. Mercer, LMSW is a graduate of the University at Albany School of Social Welfare where he obtained his Master’s in Social Work. Prior to graduate school Acey studied at Radboud Universiteit in the Netherlands where his academic focus was in Gender and Sexuality Studies. These foci ignited Acey’s passion to further explore and examine human behavior, relationships and the dynamics of class, race, ability, gender and sexuality. These motivating factors drew Acey to pursue social work and ultimately to become a licensed psychotherapist and educator. Acey is currently Practice Manager at Choices Counseling & Consulting in Albany, NY where he oversees clinical referrals and is responsible for the overall daily operations. He is also a Clinician at Choices and counsels clients exploring gender identity and expression. He works with adults, youth, and their families as they navigate questions and challenges related to the social, legal and medical aspects of gender transition. Acey’s clinical lens gives a strong compliment to the professional education services he delivers as Senior Consultant of the Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (TIGRIS). Acey specializes in providing clinical training and policy development as it relates to best serving transgender and nonbinary populations in medical, mental health and educational institutions.
Sidney Trantham, PhD is an Associate Professor/Division Director for Counseling & Psychology at Leslie University and a Licensed Psychologist maintaining a private practice that includes counseling school-age children, adolescents and adults, as well as providing psychological and neuropsychological assessment. His teaching and scholarship have been focused on understanding identity development, sexual behavior, and trauma and resiliency. Dr. Trantham received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville; his M.S. from the University of Florida, Gainesville; and his B.A. from Brown University.
Supporting Families with Gender Diverse Youth with Acey Mercer, LMSW
Cultural competency, sensitivity training, and best practices are essential to understanding the complex mental health and development needs of transgender and nonbinary youth exploring their gender identity. This workshop will highlight that transgender emergence is a normative process of identity development and will challenge the view that gender variance is pathological. An overview of the issues impacting families of gender diverse youth with special attention to caregiver education and support and school-related advocacy will be explored. Resources and best practices for professionals working with families facing gender transition will be provided.
Working with LBGTQ Relationships 50 Years Post Stonewall: Clinical and Cultural Considerations that Advance Positive Treatment Outcomes with Steffani Brandenburg, LCSW, LICSW, CST
More afternoon workshops pending.
*Who qualifies for the Student/Agency Clinician Rate?
We offer this discounted rate to enable students and clinicians working in community mental health settings on a full-time basis to be able to participate. Group practices are not eligible.
**Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- Social Workers:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.