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Gender and Sexual Diversity: Exploring the Galaxy of Identities

Presented by: Rena McDaniel, M.Ed., LCPC

This workshop is held at our Chicago Institute. To register click the button below.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a firm grounding in concepts related to gender and sexually diverse identities with a focus on transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, as well as a deep dive into the nuances of affirming treatment. Utilizing concepts of Queer Theory, which emphasizes spectrums, fluidity, flexibility, and self-efficacy in identity formation, the participants will develop a framework for understanding gender and sexually diverse clients in more expansive ways.

This workshop will focus on developing a thorough understanding of language, pronouns, and concepts related to gender and sexual diversity in order to create an affirming and safe space for clients from the first interaction. Participants will explore the impact of multiple oppressed identities, our own privilege and bias, as well as develop skills for supporting clients through decisions about coming out and medical interventions. Come to this workshop ready to engage around complex, fluid, and sometimes paradoxical, aspects of identity and sexuality.

Participants will walk away feeling more confident using up-to-date language and pronouns, have a new understand of the LGBTQ population outside of a cisgender, gay male frame, and develop empathy and practical tools for providing affirming care to gender and sexually diverse clients.


Learning objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and utilize up-to-date language about gender and sexual diversity
  2. Recognize explore their own bias and privilege about gender and sexual diversity
  3. Describe spectrums of gender and sexual orientation diversity
  4. Demonstrate skills to support gender diverse clients in making decisions and coping with hormones and gender-affirming surgeries
  5. Assess the inclusiveness of their forms, procedures, atmosphere, and support staff of their practices.
  6. Discuss the impact of multiple oppressed and intersectional identities on gender and sexually diverse clients
  7. Demonstrate skills to support their clients in making decisions about coming out
  8. Plan next steps in learning more about gender and sexually diverse clients

Activity schedule

9:00 - 9:30  Get settled, Intros, Ice Breaker

9:30 - 12:00  Language and Gender Spectrum

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 2:30  Intersectional Identities, Privilege, and Bias

2:30 - 3:30  Coming Out

3:30 - 3:45  Break

3:45 - 4:30  Decisions and Coping around HRT and Surgery

4:30 - 5:00  Forms, Procedures, Atmosphere, Support Staff

5:00 - 5:30  Next steps in Learning

5:30 - 6:00  Wrap up, Questions, Evaluations


Presenter's bio:

As a pleasure-positive sex therapist and educator, Rena McDaniel, MEd, LCPC specializes in supporting you in developing confidence and joy in your own unique skin, sexuality, & relationships. Rena is dedicated to helping folks find new avenues of pleasure & connection in their life. She holds a Master of Education in Community Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. Rena graduated from the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program with specializations in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education.

Through her brand, Practical Audacity, she has been featured in media sources such as Shape, Health, & Bustle as a sexual health and relationship expert through her collaboration with Lifestyles & SKYN Condoms. She provides workshops, coaching, speaking, and consultation for professional audiences, as well as the general public, on topics related to gender and sexual diversity, eroticism, and relationships.   

Rena is also the Chief Operating Officer and a Staff Therapist at IntraSpectrum Counseling, a group private practice in Chicago that specializes in the LGBTQ Population.


Earlier Event: April 9
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