Increasing Clinical Competency: Ethical Approaches for Working Across the Spectrum of Gender


Workshop Description

This interactive ethics workshop will provide an overview of ethical issues that emerge in working with the dynamic experiences of gender. Included will be an exploration of the vast spectrum of gender, the language that limits or expands our ability to work with this spectrum, clinical approaches to use when providing care and treatment for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and their families, and the range of factors that individuals and families encounter within the context of their age and developmental stage of life. 6 ethics ceu's will be available for this day-long workshop.

The Saturday session will include a working lunch, with opportunity for extended Q & A; lunch will be provided as part of registration fee. Participants who attend the lunch session will receive an additional 1 ceu hour.

The workshop will be supplemented with a 3-hour pre-conference session from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday evening. This session will include 2 panels, each of which will be interactive with the audience: 1 panel will be comprised of parents for youth who are addressing their transgender identity and 1 panel will be comprised of individuals who have dealt with their transgender identity later in life. The Friday evening session will only be open to registrants for the Saturday day-long workshop. Participants who attend the Friday evening session will receive 3 ethics ceu's.
Participants who attend all sessions will receive 10 ceu's

Workshop Objectives

Participants will learn:
  1. 1. The range of ethical principles, standards, and dilemmas involved in providing psychotherapy to transgender and non-conforming individuals and their families.
    2. The foundations of a non-binary paradigm that provides a contemporary context and language for addressing sexuality and gender.
    3. A developmental framework for approaching work with youth who are dealing with sexual and/or gender identity.
    4. A range of factors that individuals and families encounter within the context of their age and developmental stage of life.
    5. A more comprehensive understanding of the vast spectrum of gender.

Who Should Attend This Workshop?

Licensed mental health professionals, students in clinical training, and non-professional helping advocates in service agencies that work with transgender individuals and allies.


  • Candice Metzler, MS – Clinical Social Worker; Utah Pride Center & University of Utah Bridge Training Clinic; Member of Leadership Collective, LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild of Utah; Executive Director, Transgender Education Association of Utah (TEA)
  • Colleen Kuhn, PhD. - Private Practice; Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychologist, One Haven; Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology, University of Utah
  • Ryan Randall, LCSW - Private Practice; Specialty with transgender issues for children & adolescents

Workshop Location & Pricing

University of Utah
School of Social Work Conference Center
395 South 1500 East,
Salt Lake City, UT. 84112

Pricing includes up to 10 Ethics CEU’s:
Early Bird
After 3/3/17
Guild Member
Non-Guild Member
Students in Clinical Training
No registrations accepted after 3/28/17    

Guild Membership starts at $25 per year and provides a $65 discount on the workshop. You will receive all the benefits of membership for an entire year. Visit our membership site and join the Guild, then membership pricing will display on the event registration.

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served Saturday morning. Lunch is included for Saturday session. For questions contact Kara Posner:


Two Sessions:

Friday, March 31
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 1
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Friday session = 3 Ethics hours
Saturday session = 6 Ethics hours
Sat. working lunch = 1 Ethics hour

CEU's are free to Guild members

CEU's are $15 for non-members - membership in the Guild starts at $25 and also gives a $65 discount on the workshop.