education

PFLAG Portland is proud to offer continuing education classes on how to work with trans* clients for students and professionals in the mental health field. They can be taken informally or for credit through Portland State University.


Course Descriptions

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Transgender identities of various kinds are more in the public eye than at any other time in our history. This training will address the therapist’s, counselor’s, and case worker’s role in working with a transgender client: exploring the possibility of transition, supporting the client as they begin disclosing their identity to people they are close to, what it means to help facilitate transition, etc. In addition, this training will focus on what it means to an agency to be trans-inclusive: what policy and procedural changes may be necessary to best serve transgender clients? Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, and the different issues that arise therapeutically depending on identity.
  • Understand what constitutes best practices in working with transgender clients.
  • Understand the issues that commonly arise during transition.
  • Understand what the therapist’s, counselor’s, and/or case worker’s role is in facilitating transition.
  • Understand what inclusivity looks like to a trans person seeking services or advice.

It is becoming increasingly common for pre-pubescent children to transition socially in elementary school, and for adolescents to transition physically in middle school and high school. This course will explore the therapist’s role in facilitating such transitions. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the therapist’s role in assessing the family system.
  • Understand common questions/concerns families have regarding child transitions.
  • Understand common questions and concerns school administrators and teachers have regarding child transitions.
  • Understand what local support resources are available to help both child and family (e.g. GSA’s in the schools, or a local PFLAG chapter)

It is becoming increasingly common for individuals to transition within a faith tradition, or to remain within their faith tradition after realizing they are gay or lesbian. This course will explore the nature of gender identity and sexual orientation, the differences between the two, and the role religious institutions play in individuals’ lives as they navigate the difficult life changes wrought by coming out and/or transitioning. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the nature of the transition process.
  • Address within their particular faith community what ‘support’ looks like.
  • Understand the practicalities of creating an inclusive space around both trans and gay/lesbian identity.

Those who transition do so while conducting the business of every day life: shopping, taking the bus, getting gas for their car, etc. What steps can a business take to help those in transition feel more comfortable? What does ‘trans inclusivity’ look like in the context of a medical practice of some sort? Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the nature of the transition process.
  • Understand ways to handle gender on paperwork.
  • Understand local laws against discrimination, and what discrimination is and isn’t.

Those who transition while in school face differing reactions from fellow students and from teachers, ranging from celebration and acceptance to bullying and lack of administrative support. This course will explore how teachers and administrators can smooth the path of a school-based transition. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the nature of the social and physical transition process.
  • Understand what community resources are available for referrals.
  • Understand the pressures on the family, and the role the school can play in minimizing those pressures.
  • Understand local laws against discrimination, and how they impact schools.

Those who transition do so within the context of a life, replete with family relationships, friendships, often with partners or spouses to consider, with children to consider, and usually with a job to consider. This workshop will consider the ramifications of transition for others in the equation: family members, friends, co-workers. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Understand the nature of the social and physical transition process.
  • Understand how various types of relationships might be impacted by transition.
  • Understand what support looks like to the various people affected by a transition.

New Student Registration

These courses may either be taken alone or for credit through Portland State University

PFLAG Registration

To register for these classes through PFLAG, either contact Eric Overby at (503) 891-6661 or eric.overby1@gmail.com or register through our event system online.

upcoming classes:

Upcoming Course List

PSU Continuing Education Registration

  1. Register for the course through PFLAG using the link under “PFLAG Registration”
  2. Register for the course through Portland State University by submitting a completed registration form to the university.
    *if you do not have a PSU student ID, you will need to register as a student at the university to obtain one. Once registered as a student, you will go to the Odin Account Manager page to setup a student account that allows you to access grades, payments, register for other non-cooperative classes and use your PSU email.
    *if you’re not sure if you’ve already registered or forgot your student ID number, you can call the PSU admissions office at: (503) 725-8279

  3. To pay for credits through PSU, use your online student account or mail a check with your student ID to:
    Portland State University
    Student Accounts
    PO Box 908
    Portland, OR 97207

    *a list of possible associated fees may be found on this page under: Course Fees
  4. If you have any questions or concerns about the PSU registration process you may send your correspondence via email to: ceedreg@pdx.edu
    or call Mark Mentzer at (503) 725-4825

Course Fees

Fees Associated With PSU

Tuition and fees change often, for the most up-to-date information, please visit the PSU website.

PSU tuition and fees

PFLAG Registration Fees

Class Registration Fee — $150.00
*all payments are made via Paypal