Upcoming Trainings and Courses

with Lisette Lahana, LCSW


Creative Online Play Therapy with Gender Expansive Youth and Their Families

July 16th, 2020 

Gender Spectrum Professional Symposium

Register here

(Advanced level) The COVID19 Pandemic has changed the way we practice therapy. Translating play therapy into the online work space with children has unique challenges. This workshop will transform old favorites and introduce new innovations for online therapy with children, youth and their families. You will leave this workshop with new ideas, increased confidence in your abilities and have fun doing it.

Surprise and Sorrow: Transgender and Non Binary Clients In the Times of Corona

Zoom Video-Sunday May 3, 2020 11:00am-2:00pm 

Register at: https://gratefulhearttherapy.org/clinical-training-opportunities/ 

Free for associates, alumni and supervisors of Grateful Heart. $60 for associates and $100 for licensed clinicians who are not affiliated with Grateful Heart.

Transgender, Non Binary and Gender Expansive clients of all ages have special challenges as well as unexpected benefits from the COVID19 crisis.  Therapists attending this training will learn about how online daily life and a smaller physical radius impact the ability to live authentically.  Video psychotherapy sessions can bring new opportunities for mirroring and therapeutic interventions.  Body dysphoria, as well as gender euphoria, can be experienced differently through telehealth platforms. The bleaker side of the Corona Virus crisis can include increased depression, risk of suicide, a lack of support, cancelled appointments/surgeries, and problems accessing prescriptions.  Using your own case examples, and participant small group discussion, we will grapple with challenges and develop creative approaches.

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

Two Part Series/Cost: $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.

Class Testimonial 

Plenary Speaker for: Legal and Social Considerations of Surgeries and Beyond

San Francisco, CA June 1, 2019 11:30am-12:45pm 

WPATH Conference: Discussion on Gender Affirmation: Surgery and Beyond 

At the conference topics to be covered include:

  • An ethical framework for navigating challenges in gender care

  • Counseling patients/clients regarding surgery options

  • Physical preparation for surgery

  • Discussions on Complications of gender surgeries

  • Masculinizing and feminizing surgical procedures

  • Nonbinary surgery requests

  • Ethical issues in adolescent treatment

  • How to be a well-informed healthcare advocate

  • Facial feminization and voice surgery

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