Transgender Inclusivity Trainings for Healthcare Providers

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Create a safe and inclusive environment for all of your clients

 

Do you have a healthcare provider that you feel would benefit from this training? Nominate them, and I will reach out to them to let them know that a client has made this request. Your identity will remain anonymous.

 

Putting the T in LGBT

One must seek out an education in order to truly be a trans ally or advocate. 

The term “LGBT” is used so often that its meaning can be bit blurred. More often than not, folks say ‘LGBT’ when they really mean ‘LGB’. Transgender identities are in many ways more complex than queer identities, and knowledge and understanding of what it means to be gay doesn’t automatically extend to what it means to be trans.  

Usually, this is unintentional on the part of the people who are expressing their “LGBT” support. Trans identities are not well understood in mainstream society. One must seek out an education in order to truly be a trans ally or advocate.

Many, if not most, trans-identified folks have traumatic histories with healthcare providers

Having the education to back up a claim of “LGBT” friendliness is incredibly important in healthcare settings. Many, if not most, trans-identified folks have traumatic histories with healthcare providers. Seeking out a provider who claims to be LGBT inclusive, only to learn that the T is just an overlooked part of the acronym can be anything from emotionally draining to traumatic.

Even clinics and providers who believe themselves to be trans-inclusive—including some who work specifically with the trans community—often lack critical knowledge and practices to create a truly safe environment for those clients.

If you want to provide an inclusive environment for your transgender clients, this training is for you

 

Who can access this training?

Trainings can be done either in person or remotely. In-person trainings are available in the Portland metro area, or anywhere in the US, with paid travel expenses. Remote trainings are available to anyone.

The trainings outlined here are for any healthcare provider, from MDs and NDs to therapists to alternative modality providers.

I am also available for conferences.

If you are in a different field and feel that a training would be beneficial to your organization, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you.

 

What does this training provide?

Creating a safe environment for transgender clients begins before they even come in for their first appointment. This training covers the first point of contact through to the billing process, and everything in between.

Topics include:

  • pronouns,

  • gendered language,

  • discussions of bodies and body parts,

  • how to handle instances when you make a mistake,

  • common unpleasant experiences in healthcare settings and how to avoid them,

  • creating inclusive intake forms

and more.

We will also workshop common scenarios, and you and your staff will have the opportunity to ask any and all questions you have.

The part of the training that focuses on forms will use the forms your office currently uses as a jumping off point, and you will receive the modified forms to use as you move forward.

You will also leave with reading and reference materials for future employees to utilize.

After completion of the training, you will receive a virtual badge for your website, to help offer peace of mind to your prospective transgender clients. You will also receive a certificate to proudly display in your office.

For three years after the training you will be able to schedule 30-60 minute check-in calls and draft-reviews for any website updates or paperwork. The first call is included in the cost of the training.

 

About Lark 

I am a queer, transgender healthcare provider. The seed of these trainings was planted at a well-regarded Integrative Medicine conference I attended, during which a highly esteemed “LGBT-inclusive” provider presented a session on how to be LGBT inclusive. The information was outdated, shockingly uninclusive, and ignored the T in LGBT entirely.

Needless to say, I got in an argument with her.

After the session ended, I was pleasantly surprised when many of the attendees came over to ask me to provide them with correct and relevant information. It was clear that while the desire to learn was there, the resources were lacking. As someone who both provides care to the queer and trans community and is myself a part of that community, I feel uniquely equipped to be that resource.

It brings me great joy to be able to offer these trainings. I look forward to connecting with you.

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