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Course description

  • In this course we explore the phenomenon of ‘passing’ for trans and non-binary people, how it’s linked to social norms, group belonging and safety and why it’s controversial.
  • We spend some time looking that the impacts that passing has on trans folk and the different ways intersecting identity categories impact that experience.
  • To make this learning journey more relatable, we’ll share real-life case scenarios that highlight the psychotherapeutic aspects related to how trans and non-binary people may use cisgender standards of appearance and gender presentation to police and judge their own gender presentation.
  • Our courses are grounded in scientific research, enriched by the lived experiences of our clients, and our own professional insights. We advocate for a compassionate and reflective approach, encouraging you to challenge your own preconceptions and ideas around gender, body image, and diversity.

Learning objectives

  • To understand what ‘passing’ is and why it is problematic for many trans and non-binary people
  • To develop an appreciation for how we are all engaged in ‘passing’ in some way and having our gender expression policed by others
  • To develop empathy for the impact of ‘passing’ on trans folk, including how it can contribute to identity formation; how it is impacted by social context, and the implications for mental health
  • To recognize that not all trans and non-binary individuals aim to pass or prioritize passing as part of their journey and that each person’s experience and expression of their gender identity is valid, regardless of whether they conform to societal expectations or not
  • To enhance your confidence and competence in supporting trans and non-binary individuals in their journey towards self-acceptance and affirmation.

Who the course aimed at

  • This course is designed to equip healthcare professionals with a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of passing and its impact on trans and non-binary folk. It will be particularly beneficial for mental health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, family therapists, and mental health nurses, who are seeking to enhance their therapeutic skills and understanding in this area. 
  • We strive to make our courses accessible to all, using clear and inclusive language. So, even if you’re not a healthcare professional but have an interest in understanding more about the experiences of trans and non-binary individuals, we warmly welcome you to join us.