Working with Gender Diversity

Working with Gender Diversity

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About the Instructor

Dr. Laura Caghan is a psychologist and psychoanalyst specializing in gender. She teaches, consults, and speaks on gender at conferences. Working from contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives, Dr. Caghan is also active at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, where she serves as President and a faculty member. With offices in Irvine and Garden Grove, California, Dr. Caghan’s other clinical interests include early trauma, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, work and creativity.

Working With Gender Diversity

About this Course

This course is designed for clinicians with limited knowledge of the complex issues affecting gender diverse individuals—physical, emotional, medical, interpersonal, legal, and more. Our class will focus on two areas. First we’ll discuss terminology, standards of care, and the process of gender transitions. Next we’ll focus on clinical considerations. Historically, psychoanalysts found gender clients maddening. Even today many cisgender therapists are unprepared to help clients whose experiences are feel entirely unfamiliar. We’ll look at countertransference and other issues that can delay or derail therapists’ efforts to help clients with diverse experiences of gender.

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate the constructs of gender orientation and sexual orientation.
  • Explain the WPATH Standards of Care’s requirements for mental health clinicians assisting clients who seek gender-affirming surgeries.
  • Describe 3 countertransference pitfalls that may prolong or derail the treatment of gender diverse people.

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If you’re interested in attending 4 or more events, please email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 714-505-9080


  • October 10, 2020
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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