Building Fluency with Gender Self-Determination Affirmation


Presenter(s): Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, LBA; August Stockwell, Ph.D., BCBA-D (Upswing Advocates)

Abstract: Although transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) identities are an enduring part of natural human variability, many helping professionals have little experience with or models for meeting the unique needs of TGNC clients or providing support for TGNC colleagues or supervisees. While varying degrees of TGNC supports may require different levels of education, training, supervision, and consultation, one support in everyone’s scope is providing spaces of affirmation. One step toward crafting an affirming environment for all is shifting our language and the way we teach gender concepts. This presentation will focus on fluency building for the use of gender-neutral language and pronouns, as well as scope and sequence building for gendered and non-gendered pronoun education.

Event Level: Beginner                    CEUs: 1 

Objective(s):1. Identify components of the PLISSIT model (Annon, 1976) within one’s scope as it pertains to TGNC affirmation; 2. Identify multiple learning channels for practicing TGNC affirming language use; 3. Select at least two methods for building fluency for TGNC affirming language use; 4. Engage in precision teaching fluency-building exercises for TGNC affirmation; 5. Describe a potential scope and sequence for teaching gendered and nongendered pronoun use to a novel learner

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