The afternoon involves concurrent workshops, with a wide range of topics to maximize the learning opportunities for our broad audience of health care practitioners, students, researchers, and community members. Each workshop will be run twice, so please select two workshops to attend and indicate your choices when you register. 

Workshop One: Hormone Management for Trans Patients

Dr. Ted Jablonski

Overview: Hormone therapy is an essential part of medical transition for trans people, and with some basic fundamentals can be managed in primary health care settings. This session will provide a practical overview of hormone therapy management for health care providers and “trouble shooting” solutions for real case scenarios and clinical concerns.


Workshop Two: Hormone Readiness Assessments in the Primary Care Setting

Dr. Joe Raiche

Overview: As awareness of transgender patients increases in primary care practice, little training has historically existed to help bridge the current knowledge and comfort gaps in optimally caring for these individuals during their medical and social transitions. The primary care setting is often the initial point of contact for trans patients requesting hormone therapy. In contemplating this, both physical and mental health considerations need to be addressed. This workshop will focus on the mental health aspects involved in hormone readiness assessments and how to conduct them within a primary care setting. Knowing which patients would be suitable candidates for PCP-initiated hormone therapy, and which may require the support of a specialized gender clinic is one factor that can improve timely access to care. Strategies for incorporating hormone readiness assessments into primary care will be reviewed, and case studies will be used to guide decision-making and referral options.


Workshop Three: LGBTQ Primary Care

Dr. Jane Dunstan

Overview:  Primary care for LGBTQ patients can be done by specialized providers - but it doesn't need to be! This workshop will focus on LGBTQ-inclusive approaches to common primary care scenarios. Specific topics will include STI screening & sexual history-taking, cancer screening, immunizations, and approach to preventative care for trans* patients.


Workshop Four: Organizational Considerations for LGBTQ Health

Chelsea Kelba; Calgary Sexual Health Centre

Overview: This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on individual attitudes and beliefs related to sexuality and gender, as well as organizational policies and practices that can contribute to stigma. There will be a focus on practical strategies and tools that can help create a safer and more inclusive environment for LGBTQ clients or patients.


Workshop Five: Gender Dysphoria - Epidemiological, Medical and Clinical Considerations

Amanda Richardson and Teresa Coker; Metta Clinic

This workshop will involve viewing a pre-recorded presentation on Gender Dysphoria that outlines the epidemiology, medical, and clinical considerations of GD and how this information informs those working with Transgender and gender-variant young people. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A with two mental health therapists who work in the newly formed Metta Clinic at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. 


Workshop Six: On Hold: Investigating Transgender Health Access in Canada

Gio Dolcecore and Sophia Banks

Overview: Transgender health access is a rarely discussed but highly contentious topic in Canada. While nine out of ten provinces offer some access to some surgeries — though there is only one hospital, in Montreal, that provides the full gamut of treatments — New Brunswick stands alone by not offering any funded procedures to transgender individuals. This documentary follows AJ Ripley, a non-binary transgender person who prefers the pronouns "they and them," as they take us through their life in New Brunswick fighting for access to proper health services. "On Hold" offers a Canadian perspective of what transgender patients go through to access fair treatment in the healthcare system, and doctors and experts who say providing this care is both possible and, in fact, the difference between life and death. The film screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion with one of the trans women featured in this documentary.


Workshop Seven: Supporting LGBTQ People Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

Jane Oxenbury and Rachel Braeuer; Peer Support Services

This interactive workshop aims to build capacity amongst health care professionals in offering services to LGBTQ* individuals experiencing domestic violence. Participants will be provided with practical tools for working with clients and opportunity to learn from each other in order to build best practice agencies and organizations. Participants will learn the differences in LGBTQ* domestic violence, the effect of stigma and heterosexism on the ability to access services and the differences of equality and equity when offering services to LGBTQ* individuals experiencing domestic violence. 


Workshop Eight: Diversity of Sexual Expression: Normalisation, Safety, and Language

Maegan Filteau and Tierra Marasse; Eudaimonia Sexuality Seminars

Overview: Positive and inclusive communication is vital in creating an open dialogue with patients, particularly in situations that require disclosure of information regarding sexual health. This workshop will emphasize the importance of awareness of a broader spectrum of sexual expression in order to communicate positively and more effectively with patients. With focus on a selection of sexual practices and activities, risk, methods of safe or safer practice, and the importance of positive language will be discussed. By shedding light on the multitude of ways that one can express their sexuality, particularly those practices that diverge from the socially accepted norm, and discussing how they can be done in a manner that is safe, sane, and consensual, our goal is to help the audience to be better prepared for care of patients who engage in said practices.

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