Benchmarks at Burrell: Gender-Affirming Care for Trans and Non-Binary Patients | Burrell


Benchmarks at Burrell: Gender-Affirming Care for Trans and Non-Binary Patients

9 a.m to 4 p.m. Friday, April 16

Featured Speaker: Christy Hutton, Ph.D., Kerri Schafter, Ph.D., Mel Constantine Miseo, and Amanda Swenson, MD, MSPH


This introductory-level course will focus on how gender-affirming and informed healthcare is inaccessible to many transgender and non-binary individuals, and how together we can improve the landscape of trans healthcare in Missouri. This training will introduce you to the knowledge and skills you need to provide gender-affirming care. You will deepen your understanding of gender diversity and learn an evidence-based framework for understanding the experiences of trans patients. This training will provide recommendations for creating a more welcoming clinic and specific interventions for treating gender-based stressors. This training also includes information about hormone therapy so that medical providers can develop a plan for offering these services and mental health providers can better understand their role in facilitating referrals. Content will be introductory enough to be accessible to all providers; but will also be helpful to providers who are already working with transgender patients. This presentation is intended for providers who work with substance use or mental health clients.

Date: Friday, April 16
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one hour off at noon for lunch)
Cost: $25 for Burrell staff, $35 for community members (includes 6 CE credits, if applicable)
CE credits: Full participation AND return of post-session survey earns 6 CE credits
Questions: Call Mandy Vela at 417-761-5020 or e-mail

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe concepts that are integral to understanding the gendered experiences of patients (e.g., gender, gender expression, gender dysphoria/euphoria, transition).
  2. Participants will be able to evaluate their clinic space and paperwork and recommend changes to become more affirming and inclusive of transgender and nonbinary patients.
  3. Participants will be able to use the gender minority stress model to inform conceptualization and treatment planning for trans and non-binary patients.
  4. Participants will be able to implement interventions to help patients with identity clarification, challenging internalized trans-negative messages, increasing social support, and reducing dysphoria.
  5. Participants will be able to facilitate referral for medical intervention; for medical professionals, develop a plan for offering hormone therapy and other affirming care to your patients.

Christy Hutton, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with a passion for prevention and outreach. Christy worked for many years at the MU Counseling Center and has a clinical specialty in working with LGBTQIA+ clients with particular interest in working in that space between identity and faith. Christy has been volunteering at the Center Project for many years and is currently having fun with fundraising and the Education and Outreach team. Christy currently serves as the Director of the Wellness Resource Center at MU, where she is working to make good mental health and thriving well-being inclusive of and accessible to all students. To balance out her days she enjoys playing with her grandkids, embroidery, and reading in her hammock in the sun.

Kerri Schafer, Ph.D. (she/her) is on the board at The Center Project, and is a licensed psychologist at the University of Missouri Counseling Center, where she provides therapy to students and outreach to the campus community. Working with LGBTQ+ students is an area of specialty and a favorite part of her job. Through her involvement in Transgender Health Network and on the STITCH planning committee (Summit to Improve Transgender Collaborative Healthcare), she has helped educate other healthcare providers about providing gender-affirming care. Kerri’s other interests include iced coffee, flowers, and laughing with friends.

Mel Constantine Miseo (they/them) is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at MU. Their research focuses on relationships between parents and transgender youth specifically looking at parental reactions and feelings when a child first comes out as trans. Mel is an adult coordinator of The Center Project’s Prism, which is a youth group for LGBTQ young people age 11 - 18 in the mid- Missouri area and to distract from grad school life, Mel enjoys gardening, embroidery, and playing with their cat, Bagel.

Amanda Swenson, MD, MSPH (she/her) is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Missouri School of Medicine. Taking care of transgender patients and patients in the LGBQ population has been a passion of Dr. Swenson’s for the last 15 years. She received extensive training in residency and brought that information to Missouri where she has helped train other providers in transgender knowledgeable care and worked with other clinics to become more transgender friendly.

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