Trans people often struggle in the current healthcare system because there is little to no education around trans cultural competency. They often feel unsafe to receive basic care. We are hoping to change that. In this 2-hour live course, we cover basic terminology, explain gender identity and presentation, and provide 10 best practices for working with trans folks in healthcare settings. We’re happy to share with you about our lived experience as counselors specializing in gender work, and as community members and consumers of health services

This live Zoom class includes engaging lecture components and a question and answer session. Participants will also receive a handout and a certificate of completion after completing the course evaluation. Looking forward to training with you and helping you serve trans folks better!

All proceeds from this event will go to Confluence Community Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit centering the LGBTQIA2+ community in Portland, Oregon and beyond.

This training is designed to meet Oregon Health Authority cultural competency CE standards for health professionals.

Learning objectives

  • Learn basic terminology and concepts necessary for providing trans-affirming care
  • Appreciate the diversity of experience in transgender lives
  • Examine ways healthcare has historically imposed binary and restrictive narratives on the trans community and articulate ways to prevent further harm
  • Discuss and integrate best practices for providing care to the trans community that avoids making assumptions and allows for the complexity of individual’s needs
  • Identify ways to correct misgendering transgender people and other microaggressions within healthcare contexts
  • Summarize next steps in growing towards increased competency in providing affirming care to transgender folks

Expected outcomes

  • Build better relationships with trans family members, friends, colleagues, and clients
  • Build your job skills, get hired or promoted, and make money — trans & non-binary competency is a marketable set of skills and attitudes
  • Feel less anxious about unintentionally hurting someone’s feelings; feel more competent when you encounter trans people
  • Do the essential skill of good therapy, good organizations, and good relationships: create a culture of belonging

Ready to learn how to provide trans-affirming care?

Instructor Bio

Sasha Strong, PhD, LPC (they/them) is a non-binary psychotherapist and educator. They are certified by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health in the Standards of Care version 7, they have conducted research on non-binary cultural competency in counseling, and they offer trainings on trans and non-binary competency in healthcare. Sasha also offers individual and group psychotherapy, supervision, and clinical consultation in their private practice Brilliancy Counseling in Portland, OR. Sasha is a member of the American Psychological Association and was the founding secretary of the Oregon Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling.

What past participants have to say…

Very helpful in understanding how important it is to ask for pronouns and helpful in realizing there is so much more work ahead. I have many teen patients who have changed names and pronouns and yet have not made dramatic physical appearance changes. It was helpful the way you explained the internal identity and the external presentation… Thank you!


Amazing training! You both handled uncomfortable questions so professionally, modeling how to show respect and make a safe space for us to learn and grow in our understanding.


Thank you for an amazing informative look at the needs for addressing individuals in a respectful and sensitive manner.


Fantastic presentation. I wish we had had this information prior to our oldest child’s transition.


Frequently Asked Questions

How often is this course offered?
We intend to offer this course 6 times per year. Check back on our website or subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on upcoming training dates and details.

Can I request a custom training for my group or organization?
Yes! We occasionally offer custom trainings to groups or larger organizations. Please contact us for more information.

What if I can’t make it to the live event, will the training be recorded?
This live Zoom class includes engaging lecture components, small group discussion, and a question and answer session. We highly recommend that you attend the live Zoom event as this is meant to be a participatory experience. If you can not attend the event, we recommend that you wait till we offer the training again. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on upcoming events.

Is there anything I need to prepare for the course?
No, just bring yourself and something to take notes with.

Are CE credits available for taking this course?
Kind of. These trainings are designed to meet the Oregon Health Authority guidelines for cultural competency continuing education (CCCE) for health professionals. Participants who complete the program and the evaluation will receive a certificate of completion. Due to the costs involved, this program is not currently approved for CEs by a professional organization such as APA, NBCC, or NASW. You may want to check with your board to find out what kind of CCCE courses they will accept.

Is financial aid available?
The program is offered at 3 pricing points: general admission, solidarity pricing for members of marginalized groups, and sponsor pricing for those who would like to offer more (to support solidarity pricing).

Will I get my money back if I need to cancel?
If you cancel up to 7 days before the training, we offer a 100% refund. If it’s within 7 days, we offer a credit towards a future training.

Do you offer group discounts?
Yes! If you purchase 3 or more tickets on one order, you’ll get a 10% discount at checkout time.

What do I do if I need technical assistance?
We will be using Zoom to facilitate this online training. Please be sure you have downloaded the latest version here. We will provide a password to access the training a day before the event. If you have any questions prior to the training, please contact us here.

Will we be expected to participate?
Yes, we’ve created this course to be participatory. Some trainings include small group discussion and experiential exercises, and they all include a Q&A session at the end so that everyone has the opportunity to ask questions.

Why is there a range in ticket price?
We want to make tickets affordable to those in marginalized social positions, including queer, trans, and BIPOC folks. If you have the means and would like to give more to support our mission and enable us to keep offering lower-priced tickets to less-privileged attendees, we also offer a sponsor ticket price. Our general pricing is for professionals and others who have steady income and stable housing.

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