Helping Transgender
Mental Health Clients

"I have attended a handful of programs on transgender studies and treatment, but none were as succinct, thoughtful, sensitive, or helpful as yours was today. Thank you"

-- Perry Mandanis, MD, child, adult and family psychiatrist

 "Very well thought out with the amount of content matched to the amount of time. I would recommend it highly to my colleagues"

-- workshop participant at Brattleboro Retreat

Providing appropriate services to transgender clients can be a challenge even when mental health clinicians have the best of intentions. Irwin Krieger, LCSW will guide you through the process of providing mental health services for transgender teens and adults and their families. You will learn about the range of transgender identities, the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation, the components of a comprehensive gender identity evaluation and how individuals transition successfully in the contexts of family, school and work. Training sessions can include the following:

  • Responding sensitively to clients of all sexual orientations and gender identities
  • Understanding basic information about LGBT identities and the gender transition steps that transgender teens and adults may be considering
  • Learning the components of a gender identity evaluation
  • Working effectively with families of Gender Nonconforming children and LGBT teens and adults
  • Advocating for the needs of transgender students at school
  • Addressing questions and challenges you may have regarding current clients in your practice

Irwin Krieger, LCSW is a clinical social worker who provided psychotherapy for LGBT individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. With a BA in psychology from Yale and an MSW from the University of Connecticut, he was a 2013 recipient of the New Haven Pride Center’s Dorothy Award for his service to the LGBT community in New Haven. In his private practice he worked extensively with transgender teens and young adults and their parents. In 2017, Irwin received the CT NASW’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

With the goal of expanding support for transgender teens and their families, Irwin provides training for mental health and health care professionals, as well as school personnel. He has presented at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Yale University, Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut. Irwin was the keynote speaker at the GSA Summit at Eastern CT State University in the fall of 2011, the GeMS Conferences at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2013 and 2015, the CT School Counselors Conference in 2017, and Transgender Family Day at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in 2017.

Irwin Krieger is the author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents and Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide.

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