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When: May, 2021 (exact date tba)
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Ady Ben-Israel, PhD
Rates: Full Rate – $100; Early Bird Rate before 12/18 – $85; Student/Agency Clinicians* Full Rate – $85; Student/Agency Clinicians* Early Bird Rate before 12/18 – $70; Equity Rate** available (choose your own price, base of $25)
Additional Rate for CEs: $20
CEs: 3 CEs pending for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists

Experiences of social and cultural marginalization inherently mean that salient parts of a person’s experience may not be mirrored back by the culture or by family in affirming ways, resulting in specific attachment injuries related to experiences of marginalization. Some clients have learned to leave aspects of their identity at the clinical door. Others are eager to find a therapist who can meaningfully attune to the wounds of marginalization. Cultural factors impact intrapsychic and interpersonal functioning and must therefore be included in clinical practice. Working within an EFT couples therapy model, this workshop will use experiential learning as well as videotaped case examples to help clinicians increase attunement to working with transgender/gender-diverse couples.

Note: Basic working knowledge of transgender/gender-diverse identities will be assumed for this workshop. This workshop will not address couples’ issues related to raising a transgender child, as family and youth work presents unique concerns. While respecting all forms of relational structures (CNM, poly, etc.), this workshop will focus on dyadic relationships.

If this is a topic that’s brand new for you, please consider preparing by listening to this home study course – Sexual Identity, Gender Identity: Staying Current in a Rapidly Changing Landscape.

Registration coming soon.


Ady Ben-Israel portraitAdy Ben-Israel, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a full-time private practice in New York City. Ady is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist through The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and a Certified Gender Specialist through the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Ady has been working in mental health with transgender and gender diverse communities since 2003. In private practice, Ady specializes in working with adults and adolescents of all genders and sexual orientations; couples in a range of relationship structures; as well as with gender diverse young children and their families. Ady has a longstanding commitment to understanding and attending to dynamics of oppression and privilege in clinical practice. Ady provides periodic trainings on gender-related clinical topics to mental health professionals.

*Agency Clinician/Student 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.

**Equity Rate: This registration option is for participants with historical/institutional barriers to access. Please choose equity pricing only if you are a member of one or more historically marginalized communities.

This activity is pending certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education.

Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

  • Psychologists:
    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.

Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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