February 27, 2006
GLBTI Resource Center cosponsors seminar
highlighting transgender issues
The Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center sponsored a one-day
seminar this month titled "Working with Transgender Clients:
Clinical Issues and Community Resources." The seminar,
held at the Seacliff Inn in Aptos, targeted mental health professionals
and physicians in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties.
More than 125 people attended.
Cosponsors for the event were Planned Parenthood Mar Monte,
Family Services Agency, the Diversity Center, and Watsonville
Community Hospital. A grant from the Community Foundation of
Santa Cruz County provided funding.
Transgender individuals are dependent on both medical
practitioners and mental health care professionals to facilitate
their gender transitions. Medical schools and psychotherapy
training programs rarely address the needs of gender variant
patients and clients, resulting in providers who lack necessary
skills and cultural sensitivities. The seminar successfully
bridged this education gap, said Deborah Abbott, director
of the campus's Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center.
The keynote speaker was Jeanna Eichenbaum, L.C.S.W., program
manager of the Transgender Recovery Project at Walden House
in San Francisco. A transgender client panel followed. A photo
exhibit, Transfigurations: The Making of a Man,
by local photographer Jana Marcus was on display.
For more information about the seminar or for a DVD of the
presentation, contact Deborah Abbott at email@example.com