Gretchen Anne Cooper - 2024 CAMFT Conference speaker

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  • CAMFT's 2024 Annual Conference
    May 3 - 4, 2024 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott


Gretchen Ann Cooper
Gretchen Anne Cooper, LMFT

Gretchen Anne Cooper graduated with her BA in Philosophy from the University of LaVerne and received her MA in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute (PGI) in Los Angeles. She is currently in private practice in California and adjunct faculty at PGI. She worked in community mental health for several years before transitioning to her private practice in 2021, full time. Gretchen specializes in working with adults, LGBTQ+, adolescents, the unhoused and children. Gretchen is published in CAMFT’S The Therapist magazine on Gender Affirming Care in their November/December 2022 issue. She also published an article about supporting LGBTQ+ adolescents in Family Therapy Magazine in July 2023. Gretchen enjoys surfing and spending time outdoors and performing hula with her halau. Her sister is transgender and Gretchen, herself, is also a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Gretchen is currently on track to becoming an AAMFT supervisor.

Gender Affirming Care: Across the Spectrum and Beyond
Friday | May 3, 2024
8:00 am - 10:00 am
(2 CEs)

Workshop Description:

This course gives participants an overview of the gender spectrum and education on the gender-binary. It includes activities challenging participants own unconscious biases when serving the LGBTQ+ community and discussions about the importance of life saving gender-affirming care in today's climate. This course will I provide a basic overview of transgender etiquette and terminology for both transgender and non-binary people including how to use pronouns and changing our language to be more inclusive with non-binary terminology. It will also include a discussion on the legal and ethical considerations on how to navigate the referral process for medical support for clients. Finally, this course will discuss specific interventions when working with transgender and non-binary individuals such as body neutrality (instead of body positivity), self-esteem, growing and thriving, building relationships and creating community, standing up for themselves, identifying negative internalized transphobia and assisting them in discovering they are more than their gender and sexual identities.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least one legal and ethical consideration regarding referrals for gender affirming care.
  • Identify the gender-binary and evolution of the gender spectrum
  • Explain transgender etiquette and understand pronoun usage. 
  • Apply at least one gender affirming principle in their own practice.

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