Equity and Inclusion Training Series: Gender Identity and the Participant of Transgender Experience in Treatment Court

Presenter: Kim Monique-Johnson, Inner Visions Consulting, LLC

Transgender adults have a prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD) almost four times that of cisgender adults. They face challenges that include dealing with extremely high rates of childhood trauma, high Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) scores, widespread discrimination, violence, practitioner lack of cultural competency, stigma due to their gender identity and expression, and multiple minority stressors. This module will address cultural competency by developing health literacy skills specific to data collection, gender-affirming and inclusive communication, and self-assessment for bias and microaggressions.

By the end of the training session, team members will be able to:

  • Define the terms transgender and cisgender.
  • Explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Identify the challenges persons of transgender experience have accessing and succeeding in treatment court.
  • Recognize the impact of trauma on persons of transgender experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use an evidence-based, two-question intake tool to determine gender identity.

Date: 2022