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First Friday Forum Anatomy is Not Identity: Providing Culturally Competent Care to Transgender and Gender Diverse Patients
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, March 02, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT
Category: First Friday Forums

Anatomy is Not Identity: Providing Culturally Competent Care to Transgender and Gender Diverse Patients

Friday, March 2, 2018

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the
Metropolitan State University Psychology Department

About the Program

Transgender and intersex patients face widespread discrimination and barriers to health care. Providers often lack proficiency in transgender-friendly practices due to limited specialized training and lack of transgender-specific training curricula. In response to these gaps in training, and to increase understanding of this increasingly visible patient population, we developed a forum focused on promoting cultural competence in transgender and intersex health. This forum aims to increase provider knowledge of transgender and intersex health, their specific needs, information and best practices for transgender friendly services.

The interactive forum will provide participants with an overview of transgender and intersex health and the barriers that inform low healthcare utilization and health disparities in this community using slideshows, video and case studies demonstrating practical strategies toward transgender friendly practice. Participants will learn about current trends in language use (e.g., pronouns, gender-inclusive terminology) and how to best support gender diverse patients who are charged with navigating complex, and at times unfriendly, medical systems. Finally, the forum will include a question and answer session during which participants can critically reflect on their past experiences with transgender and intersex patients while brainstorming ways of developing affirming practices in their respective workplace settings.

This program is at the intermediate level and is designed for interdisciplinary audiences in areas of psychiatry, psychology, social work, endocrinology, family medicine, internal medicine, plastic surgery and pediatrics.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe gender identity development and differentiate components of gender and sexual identity from gender dysphoria;
  2. Describe trajectories of care among gender diverse individuals;
  3. Apply professional standards of care and guidelines to use when working with gender diverse individuals;
  4. Describe strategies to optimize care and prevent ethical and legal dilemmas that are common when working clinically with gender diverse individuals and their families.

About the Presenters:

Cesar Gonzalez, Ph.D., LP, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist, an advanced certified schema therapist, and an assistant professor of psychology and family medicine at Mayo Clinic. He is the Clinical Director of the Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic and serves as Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. He completed his research and clinical postdoctoral fellowship in human sexuality at the University of Minnesota, where he specialized in the treatment of problematic sexual behaviors, sex and relationship therapy, and transgender health; he served as faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Transgenderism. In 2014, Dr. Gonzalez was nationally recognized by the American Board of Professional Psychology for his dedication to multiculturalism and diversity in professional psychology.

Dagoberto Heredia Jr., Ph.D., is completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of primary care psychology and transgender health at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He began his career working with LGBT and Spanish-speaking Latino communities in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. His interests include evaluating treatment outcomes for multisite CBT programs in primary care, diversity science and health, and Latino/LGBT psychology. He is co-chair to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity special interest group within the National Latina/o Psychological Association and coleads the Latin American regional group within the International Psychological Network for LGBTI Issues.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Register Online

Click here for a pdf Registration Form and Flyer

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by February 16 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after February 16 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.