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Upcoming Events, Trainings and Courses

with Lisette Lahana, LCSW

WPATH Standards of Care 8 Discussions (free of charge) Facilitated by Lisette Lahana, LCSW

Let’s get together and get motivated to read and discuss a portion Version 8 together.  The focus will be how we will apply the SOC to clinical practice and learn what changed.
Due to the high level of national controversy and strain on us related to this group of clients we start with adolescent and child chapters.
Here is a link to read the WPATH Standards of Care Version 8
Discussion Part 1: Saturday 11/8/22  8:30am PST—11:30 PST EST 2 hours Chapters 6,7 and 16 and 17.  (child & adolescent- reproductive and sexual health if time permits) Register Here/CLOSED
Discussion Part II Facilitated by Cheryl Enstad, LICSW and Lisette Lahana, LCSW: Friday 10/21/22 12 PST 2 hours
Chapters 5,8, 12, 13 [assessment, non binary, hormones and surgery] Register Here/CLOSED
Discussion Part III: Sunday 11/6/22 1:30pm PST/4:30pm EST 2 hours 
Chapters 10, 16, 17, 18: (Intersex, Reproductive Health, Sexual Health, Mental Health) Register here
FEE: Consider a small ($10) or larger ($50-$100) “thank you” donation to NCLRTransgender Law Center’s Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project Work or a Trans Family Support Services (which serves one of the lowest rated states for LGBT rights, Alabama), among others.
Note: NO CEUS offered

WPATH 2022 Debriefs for In-Person and Virtual Attendees Facilitated by Lisette Lahana, LCSW

In an effort to feel more engaged,  and to integrate the 
ongoing WPATH 2022 conference material...I'll facilitate two virtual meet ups free of charge.
Monday 9/19/2022 10:15-11am PST/12pm CST/1:15pm EST
Tuesday 9/20/2022  10 PST/12pm CST/1 EST 
Winding Down the Conference and Debrief, 1 hour

Nov. 12th 2021 Movie Night San Francisco Transgender Film Festival Discussion on Zoom (free of charge) Facilitated by Lisette Lahana, LCSW

Therapists and healthcare providers, bring your friends, partners, pets roommates and/or teen children to a movie night featuring "Program 6" of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival 

WhatProgram 6 4 short films

How:  Go to the website and purchase access to Program 6's films by paying what you can. You have a total of 4 days to watch them online after purchase. 


Movie Watching On Your Own: Watch ahead of time from Nov. 11th on.  Or you can stream it after your purchase your tickets at the same time we all will be doing the same thing-- Friday night, November 12th 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST. Sign into the Zoom meeting at 5:30pm to meet everyone and then start your watching.


Our Movie Discussion Starts Friday night, November 12th 6:15pm PST/9:15pm EST

The Plan:  Grab your dinner or popcorn and watch the 42 minutes of the four films.  Then we will have an informally facilitated group discussion about how we felt about the films, how they touched us, what we liked. and learned.


You can even watch the movies ahead of time and join us only for the 45min-60min discussion afterwards.



Book Discussions (free of charge) Facilitated by Lisette Lahana, LCSW

October 29, 2021 10am PST/1pm EST (1 hr 45 mins)

Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments by Lucie Fielding. Facilitated discussion of chapters 5 & 6


June 11, 2021 and May 21, 2021

Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice by SJ Langer.  


September 21 and August 17th 2021

Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families by Finn Gratton. 

Interested in Registering for an Upcoming Book Discussion? contact Lisette Lahana

Mandala House Virtual Gender Therapist Training

1st Fridays through December 2020  11-1pm EST

September 4-The History of Gender Health Treatment and Ethics Around Gatekeeping versus Informed Consent

October 2-Assessment and Gender History (Developing a Gender Health Plan in Collaboration with Clients) 

November 6-Non Binary Clinical Issues and Identity Development

December 4-Bringing Your Gender (and other identities) to Your Work (privilege and experiences, benefits and pitfalls and how to talk about them)

Interested in Registering for this Zoom Video Seminar? contact Lisette Lahana who will inquire about having others participate in this staff training

GEI FOUNDATIONS COURSE - August 12 - September 30, 2020

Attend the Case Presentation Panel with Lisette Lahana on LIVE 8/23/20 and available on demand afterwards

WPATH is excited to announce that registration is now open for the second-round of the Online GEI Foundations Course, being offered August 12 – September 30, 2020. 

The WPATH GEI Online Foundations Course will include two components:

  1. Pre-Recorded Didactic Sessions, which attendees can stream on-demand starting August 12, 2020 and

  2. Live Streamed Case Presentation Panel Discussions, attendees will pre-select and attend 3 panels between August 23 – September 4, 2020.

The UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB 


In 2019 Finn Gratton, LMFT authored a pioneering book, Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families. 

The Child and Adolescent Gender Center is hosting a two-part free book discussion group via Zoom facilitated by Gender Therapist and WPATH Mentor Lisette Lahana, LCSW. Now is your chance to connect with gender therapists doing the same reading and thinking about our trans and non-binary autistic (neurodivergent/neuroqueer) clients. You can attend either all or part of the series. It is recommended that you purchase and read the entire book, not only the selected chapters.  If purchasing the book is a hardship please include this in the RSVP and the chapters will be made available to you in pdf format. 

Feel free to enjoy lunch while we discuss. 




Monday 10/5/2020 12-1:30PM PST Chapters 5 and 6 

Book and case discussion with a focus on the chapter's concepts around attachment and working with families 

Monday 11/2/2020 12-1:30pm PST Chapter 8 

Book and case discussion with a focus on the chapter's concept "Preserving human rights to autonomy while ensuring well-being 


RSVP to: J. Cohen, LCSW, Director of Community-based Clinical Services and Training @. 

Zoom link provided upon RSVP.

Chest Surgery and Writing Letters Part I and II (2 hour Live Online Video Classes via Zoom)

Two Part Series/Cost: $60-$80/per class

Next series TBA, contact Lisette to express interest. (lower fees for POC, trans, non binary or disabled clinicians who cannot afford fee)

This two-part series is dedicated to helping gender therapists (or those developing their knowledge) understand masculinizing chest surgeries.  In Part I we explore how to prepare clients, the social, physical and emotional impact of chest surgeries and the recovery process. We will discuss WPATH Standards of Care Version 7 criteria used by many surgeons and insurance companies.  In Part II we cover the "nuts and bolts" of writing a great letter which serves to get insurance companies to understand the medical necessity of surgery, to advocate for client needs and to communicate to surgeons pertinent information. Special attention will be paid to non binary considerations.  You will also receive sample letters and a step by step outline for how to write letters.

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