NIU will host mental health providers from the DeKalb community and Chicago suburbs Friday, Aug. 30, for a conference focused on the needs of the transgender population.
The conference is a collaborative effort between the Counseling & Student Development Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center.
Over the past few years, transgender identity has gained visibility in the national media and on NIU’s campus. Campus events such as “Trans 101,” Spring 2013 featured speaker Mara Keisling (executive director of the National Center on Transgender Equality) and student social group “Transitions” have been well attended by the NIU and DeKalb communities.
Campus and community mental health providers who attend will have an opportunity to learn more about the details of transgender identity while gaining professional development and further contributing to an inclusive community at NIU and beyond.
Moreover, transgender students and community members will be better served by local providers who take advantage of the workshop.
The day-long training will cover foundational terminology, perspective on a “Day in the Life” of transgender individuals, an interactive discussion with expert Deb Wilke, a nationally known presenter and therapist with 18 years of experience providing services to gender non-conforming individuals. Wilke also will cover legal, developmental, and relational issues as well as the standards of care. Attendees may earn continuing education credit for attending this conference.
The mission of the Counseling & Student Development Center is to support the academic, emotional, social and cultural development of students. Its student-centered programs include counseling, assessment, psychiatric treatment, crisis response, outreach, consultation, training, and educational services. Staff members help students address personal challenges and develop the skills, abilities and knowledge to empower them to take full advantage of their college experience.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center serves as a vital link where LGBTQ individuals can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about LGBTQ identity and culture. The center strives to create an inclusive campus community by providing support services, educational programs, advocacy and opportunities for leadership development.