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  • Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • 0852-000215 DISMANTLING CISGENDER PRIVILEGE: SELF-EXAMINATION IN MENTAL HEALTH

    February 05, 2017 8:30 AM - February 05, 2017 10:00 AM

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    • Theodore Burnes, MA; MS; PhD ;
    • Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW ACSW ;
    • Alo Johnston, MA
    Mini-Symposium Outline: Cultural privilege, or a system of unearned advantages based in explicit or implicit membership to majority cultural identities (e.g., White, male and/or heterosexual identities) is a topic in need of continued attention within health care practice by practitioners of various disciplines (e.g., psychology, social work, medicine, marriage and family therapy, etc.). Within transgender health care specifically, the need for practitioners to examine cisgender privilege, or a system of advantage based on one’s cisgender identity (Saltzburg, 2015), is a topic in need of increased critique, understanding, and dialogue within health care systems. Not only does cisgender privilege often exacerbate the gatekeeping role for providers who are working with transgender clients (Singh & Burnes, 2010), but cisgender privilege often directly relates to transphobia on various ecological levels of wellbeing and within various health care systems (Burnes et al., 2016). With such critical impact, the need for providers of transgender health care to discuss such privilege is in great need by providers. In response to this need, the co-facilitators of this workshop plan to create a space in which providers can begin to reflect upon and examine their own cisgender privilege and the ways in which such privilege impacts their work.  The goals for this workshop are attendee-centered; by the end of this workshop, attendees will: (a)  be able to name and discuss at least two ways that their own cisgender privilege impacts their professional work; (b)  be able to name and identify at least two action strategies that they will use in the future to help dismantle their own privilege and use it as a tool in advocating for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and communities. The presenters will first lead attendees through an experiential activity in which they can understand the ways in which cisgender privilege may impact their work. Following the activity the presenters will then break out and engage in discussion groups about ways that individuals can begin to use their privilege to advocate for others.
    Category: Mental Health: Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Counseling-- Adult