Counseling Gender Variant Individuals:What Therapists Need to Know 3/18/2018
Transgender 101: An Introduction for Counselors, 5/6/2017
"Counseling Trans* Kids and Their Parents" 4/17/2015
Gender Conference East,Newark, NJ, November 12, 2016
Rehearsals for life: Keeping it Cool When Discussing Hot Topics in Gender
Participants engaged in guided role plays to vent feelings, explore triggers, increase empathy and rehearse responses when having difficult discussions about gender issues. Using psychodramatic methods such as doubling, role reversal and role training, the leader gives parents an opportunity to unload emotional baggage so that they can have difficult discussions with respect and empathy.
Cultivating Empathy for Gender Diversity through Experiential Methods
Hudson County Community College PrideFest, Jersey City, April 8, 2016
American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, April 1, 2015
Expressive Therapies Summit, New York City, November 8, 2015
As media, laws and medical associations have shown greater support of gender variance, more people are coming out as transgender, and at increasingly young ages. Unfortunately, attitudes among many family members, colleagues, school personnel, church members et al have not evolved at the same rate. This gap can contribute to the discrimination and alienation of transgender individuals, and puts them at risk for suicide. This workshop presents exercises and activities to cultivate empathy, respectful dialogue and an appreciation of gender diversity.
Columbia University Psychological Counseling Class, New York City, March 23, 2016“Everything I learned about Gender was wrong”: Lessons from a Gender Therapist,
Spoke to Masters students from Columbia’s Clinical Psychology program about my professional experiences providing therapy to trans clients.
Embracing Gender Diversity in High School
Sussex Country Technical School, April 3, 2017
Passaic County School Counselors Association, March 30, 2016
Vernon Township School District, March 14, 2016
Presented in services to school staff and students to promote tolerance of gender diversity.
15th Annual Diversity in Higher Education Conference, Ramapo College, November 6, 2015 “An Exploration of Transgender Identity” panel discussion:
Spoke in a panel that also included an activist with Garden State Equality and an author of a children’s book about transgender children.
Gay Activist Alliance of Morris County, 7/22/2015.
Understanding Transgender Issues
Spoke as part of a panel to provide information to activist organization.
Show 'n' Tell: Diversity in ActionThis fun, interactive workshop uses warm-ups, role plays and psychodramatic methods to share experiences of gender identity, labels and stereotypes. Participants engage in activities that facilitate discussion of experiences regarding diversity. This workshop will provide ideas for ice breakers to help build empathy for those who fall outside the norm.
From TRANSparence to Visibility: Managing the Risks of Coming Out as Trans
Hiding one’s transgender identity can avoid violence, ridicule, discrimination and rejection. But what’s the cost of sacrificing the true self? This workshop uses experiential exercises to explore.
Developing a Delinquency Prevention Program for Females
NJ Association of County Youth Services Commissions
“Realizing Potential and Changing Lives” Conference, Ocean Place, NJ, November 2005
Empowering Girls to Succeed
American Association of University Women, Sussex County, New Jersey. October 2006
Managing Bipolar Disorder
Intensive Family Support Services, Saint Clare’s, NJ
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Succasunna
New Jersey Counseling Association 11/2003, 6/2005, 10/2006, 01/2007, 04/2007, 6/2007
PER-DIEM IN-HOME COUNSELOR. Provided in-home counseling for families with children at risk of placement.
St. Clare’s Behavioral Health Services, Sussex, New Jersey Worked for Hospital for seven years in the following positions and programs: SENIOR CLINICIAN, GIRLS RULE PROGRAM, 2005 to 2007 * Conducted assessments, group therapy for adolescent girls at risk for developing more serious problems. * Developed curriculum to meet requirements of the Juvenile Justice Commission and the needs of the particular girls in the group. SENIOR CLINICIAN, CHILD ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAM, 2003 to 2005 (this program is also known as the "Center for Protection of Children") * Conducted therapy for victims of abuse and neglect. * Completed classes to become certified in the use of EMDR, a state-of-the-art therapy to help desensitize clients to traumatic experiences.
Led two well-received workshops, entitled Show 'n' Tell: Diversity in Action and From TRANSparence to Visibility: Managing the Risks of Coming Out as Trans. These workshops used psychodramatic methods to build rapport, facilitate discussions and create an experience that fostered empathy and understanding for transgender individuals.
ENGAGING THE DIFFICULT ADOLESCENT, April 24, 2007
Gave speech for New Jersey Counseling Association Annual Conference. DEVELOPING DELINQUENCY PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR GIRLS, November 17, 2006 Spoke as part of a panel on Gender Specific programs for New Jersey Association of County Youth Services Commissions’ “Realizing Potential and Changing Lives” Conference, Ocean Place, NJ.
EMPOWERING GIRLS TO SUCCEED, October 10, 2006 Gave speech on the theoretical underpinnings of the Girls Rule program for the American Association of University Women[My speech is cited at the far right and bottom of this link, under October 2006.]