Working with Transgender Individuals

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 02:45 PM

Laura Arrowsmith, D.O. & Taylor Burns, LCSW



This workshop will assist the mental health professional in gaining an increased understanding  of the transgender and gender nonconforming community.    Participants will explore the disparities facing transgender people, the health care challenges of the transgender community, learn key terminology and gain competencies in working with this community.    Disproportionately high rates of substance use are seen among gay and transgender people as they struggle to cope daily with self-acceptance, discrimination and stigma.  Substance use disorders are frequently co-occurring with other mental health concerns. Specific understanding of the trans community aids the counselor in effective care planning and provision.


  1. Gain an understanding of key terms and concepts related to transgender people and the transgender community;
  2. Introduce transgender-affirmative language and understanding of issues; 
  3. Describe the major health and healthcare disparities facing transgender people; 
  4. Share resources and strategies for creating a welcoming and gender-affirming environment for transgender patients and staff; and
  5. Discuss cultural competence and competencies for counseling transgender patients.

4 CEUS:  Ph.D., LPC, LADC, CADC, LCSW, LMFT and Case Management. Nursing certificate of participation.   Pre-registration is required.

About the Presenter

Laura Arrowsmith, D.O. & Taylor Burns, LCSW

Laura Arrowsmith, D.O.   is a physician in Tulsa Oklahoma and a She is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and provides medical care for transgender patients at Southwinds Womens Center in Oklahoma City.  Dr. Arrowsmith served as a  Member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality from 2011-March, 2017.  Arrowsmith is Member of the Advisory Board, Oklahomans for Equality, Tulsa, OK and Former director of Transgender Programs, Oklahomans for Equality, Tulsa, OK.  Dr. Arrowsmith does a large amount of teaching and activism for the transgender community, having given numerous presentations about transgender basics and transgender issues. 

Taylor Burns, LCSW, is in private practice in Tulsa, OK.  Burns is Director of Transgender Support Groups, Oklahomans for Equality.  Taylor Burns has been a licensed social worker for 24 years, and also provides training and consultation services.  Burns is an advocate and mental health provider for the transgender community.  Burns’ work experience includes running 30-day wilderness courses for delinquent boys, providing clinical work to Alaska Native families in Nome, Alaska, being chief of Social Services at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, and executive director of the Alaska Chapter of NASW. As an advocate for GLBT youth and families, he has contributed thousands of hours volunteering, training, and creating change in mental health agencies, non-profit groups, and professional organizations.

Friday, August 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. This training session includes a lunch.

Registration Information

Three CEUs and materials for only $40.

Registration closes Aug 7 or when available seats have been filled. Seating is limited.
Refunds not available after Aug 7.
For more information, or if you require any special accommodation, please call 918-588-8807

Event Location

Parkside Outpatient Clinic, second floor, 1620 E. 12th St., Tulsa OK  74120