Building Knowledge, Skills and Community to Support Transgender Communities: A training program for mental health professionals

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Counseling, social work and/or psychology programs rarely offer the knowledge and skills needed to ideally support Transgender, Gender Non-conforming, Gender Expansive and Non-binary individuals. To fill this gap, a year-long training program was developed that includes in-person training, web-based weekly supervision, monthly readings and collegial networking. In this workshop, learn about the training program which includes case presentations, panels of community members and content experts from throughout the nation. Past participants will share what they gained personally and professionall

About the presenters

Linda A. Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC

Linda A Hawkins, is Co-Director of the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which now supports over 1200 families. Dr. Hawkins provides assessment, resources and recommendations to families supporting their transgender or gender-expansive child or youth. Linda founded the Advanced Training in Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities in 2018 to support the training of therapists throughout the US. She has over 20 years of experience working with LGBTQ children, youth and families.

Damon Constantinides, LCSW

Damon Constantinides, PhD, LCSW (he/him) provides individual, relationship, and sex therapy through his private practice ( and at Relationship and Sex Therapy Collective in Philadelphia, PA where works from social justice, narrative, and relational perspectives. Damon is an adjunct professor at Widener University, faculty for the Advanced Training in Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities, and provides supervision and consultation. He is co-author/editor of Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support.

Deidre Ashton

Deidre Ashton is a licensed clinical social worker, specially trained in couple and family therapy, with almost 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor, educator, consultant, and published author. As a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, she emphasizes working from perspectives that are rooted in social justice specifically highlighting racial and gender justice and trans-liberatory approaches. Deidre is the clinical director of Therapy Center of Philadelphia, serving women and trans communities.

Michele Angello

Dr. Michele Angello works with gender variant youth as well as adults. She offers individual, couples, group and family therapy, as well as corporate education and training on a variety of issues of sexuality and has presented internationally on her work with transgender, gender-variant and gender non-conforming youth. She offers sessions to people around the world via webcam. Dr. Angello has appeared as a guest expert on Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks Show, ABC Primetime, Dr. Oz and many other television shows and documentaries including the award winning film TRANS.