Professional Trainings

 
Bodywork to Support Chest Binding Clients

Open to professionals who do hands-on work with clients on physical pain and/or movement. CEUs issued through NCBTMB.

Chest binders are garments worn under the clothes in order to flatten the chest as a means of aligning a person’s internal gender identity and their outward gender expression. This course is designed to give massage therapists (and other professionals in related manual therapy fields*) a basic understanding of chest binding and teach key techniques to mitigate the chronic pain and specific complications often experienced by people who wear chest binders. Since massage can have a significant impact on the quality of life & health outcomes of clients who bind their chests, this training is a valuable skillset for therapists wanting to serve transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming clients.


The techniques taught in this class are rooted in the structural integration approach and rely on a working knowledge of the fascial system. Brief explanation of the fascial system and the thoracic anatomy will be given but participants should have basic proficiency in anatomy and some prior exposure to the fascial system.

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The course includes lecture, discussion, hands-on instruction, and a community clinic to work on clients who bind.

Click here to learn more and register. 

 
Serving Transgender Clients in Holistic Health 

Open to all healthcare professionals interested in providing trans-affirming care to their clients/patients. CEUs issued by NCBTMB

Transgender identity is becoming more visible in our culture. As a result, more individuals are feeling comfortable disclosing their identity and living as their true gender expression in their daily lives. For service providers in the helping professions, this means that more transgender clients are seeking massage and other forms of therapeutic touch and holistic healthcare. Transgender clients need culturally competent providers who are aware, affirming, and empowering of their transgender identity as well as knowledgeable in how to address the unique health issues related to their gender non-conforming body.

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2-hour/ 2 CEU - Part I  $60

Live classes offered

in-person and online

Part 1

This lecture and discussion course focuses on the responsibilities of providing transgender-affirming care and teaches the interpersonal skills needed to be respectful and affirming of transgender clients' identity as well as strategies for making your practice more affirming. 

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 2-hour/ 2 CEU- Part II  $60

Live classes offered

in-person and online

Part 2

This lecture and discussion course explains the physical and psycho-emotional aspects of gender transition and identifies some of the unique health issues of transgender clients. Non-hands on exploration of select techniques to support clients making medical and non-medical transitions from their gender assigned at birth to express their gender identity.

 
Queer Practitioners Serving Transgender Clients in Holistic Health

Open to LGBTQIA and NB practitioners in all types of holistic, medical, movement, mental health, etc.

This course is an adapted version of the introductory for practitioners who are already have extensive experience in their personal and/or professional life with transgender and non-binary identities. The format is faciliated discussion. 

We will discuss the responsibilities of providing transgender-affirming care and strategies of creating inclusive practices and affirming transgender and non-binary clients' identity. Discussion will address unique health issues of transgender clients and explore techniques that support them in making medical and non-medical transitions. 

 

This also serves to seed a network of queer providers that will hopefully be able to create a richer referral network to support the trans and non-binary community.

2-hour/ 2 CEU $50, sliding scale available

 
Gender Identity Decoded

Professional groups, businesses, schools, etc.

Two things that are hard for most people: unlearning habits and learning languages. Join Frances in a compassion-filled environment where you can get your questions answered gender identity, learn the ins and outs of how to talk about gender in affirming ways, and walk away with concrete strategies to practice your new language (because we all know that new languages are ‘use it or lose it’!)

 

This is a class is taught in a community-wide format or can be brought into a single group of professionals. If you are looking to increase the basic understanding and language of your community so that you can better support transgender and non-binary, please contact us.