Consulting and Training

I have been designing and leading capacity-building trainings for staff in social service, medical, governmental and educational organizations since 2003. I am “Lead Mental Health Trainer for “Trans Health Connection, Rainbow Health Ontario” http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/trans-health-connection/a Province-wide training organisation funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health. I serve on the Education Committee of the Canadian Professional Association of Transgender Health (CPATH) http://www.cpath.ca/ and in the Global Education Committee of WPATH www.wpath.org

I contribute to current international debates in the often controversial and rapidly changing field of trans health care My article “Attachment and Shame in Gender-Nonconforming Children and Their Families: Towards a Theoretical Framework for Evaluating Clinical Interventions” co-written with Robert Wallace was published in Sept 2013 in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Transgenderism. I have also been actively involved for many years in program and policy development with health care providers and government decision-makers.
My Adult Education training confirmed for me that effective learning is always an active process, that respect for everyone’s dignity is key, and that utilizing a wide range of learning modalities works best. I weave together short, lively, well-illustrated lecturettes with thought-provoking experiential exercises, structured discussions and carefully selected video clips. Participants often comment that it feels easy to raise difficult or embarrassing questions in my workshops and to discuss them with complexity. Shared, well-timed laughter can also accomplish much!
I specialise in trainings addressing the needs of the general LGBT, in particular, transgender,transsexual and gender-diverse populations, and the rapidly growing group of gender-duverse children and their families. Many service providers and HR staff feel uncertain or under-informed about how to work with these emerging demographics.
I present transgender and gender non-conforming experience as an ordinary, if unusual, aspect of human diversity, not merely a diagnosis. Participants gain an appreciation of the historical and cross-cultural contexts of trans people’s lives as well as current international efforts by trans communities as they reach for visibility, human rights, and access to health care on their own terms. I have a series of polished effective workshops including “Affirmative Counselling for trans clients and their families”, “Supporting Gender Independent Children and their families” and more basic ones for example this one — please click the link.

The Joy of Gender: Understanding trans lives in context

I am also happy to tailor a workshop to your exact needs, using your own current projects as case studies.

I am based in Toronto and provide trainings throughout Ontario and beyond

My fees are: Full day $1,500.00, Half day $850.00, plus HST @13% and travel costs ($40.00 p hr after first half hour)

http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/episodes/transforming-gender

http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/trans-nation