The Frank Daniels Endowed Lecture
Transgender clients frequently experience multiple types of violence such as interpersonal, self inflicted, and social (inflicted by institutions and systems), as well as ongoing micro-aggressions. Transgender clients who experience any of these types of violence are at a higher risk for developing mental health symptoms. Moreover, clinicians can also fall into “standard practice traps” that invalidate and re-traumatize the individuals we seek to serve. In this workshop, Tavi Hancock will focus on what constitutes ethical practice with this vulnerable population, which begins by understanding the impact of these experiences on one’s clients. Tavi will provide a trauma recovery framework for working with transgender clients and highlight the ethics of self-determination in implementing trauma treatment. Participants will examine how the binary notion of gender ignores the ways in which race, class, and other identities interact with gender. Tavi will make recommendations on how we, as ethical clinicians, can affirm multiple identities as a way to minimize psychological distress. Finally, participants will be encouraged to explore their own beliefs and engage in the process of unlearning privilege to reduce the risk of re-traumatizing clients.
Tavi Hancock, LCSW is a non-binary, multi-racial, NC native provider who earned an MSW from University of Washington 10 years ago. Tavi has worked in residential treatment settings, outpatient community mental health, and now works as a therapist in a collaborative LGBTQ+ Wellness Center in Durham. Most of Tavi’s clients are transgender people of all ages. Tavi is an activist seeking the liberation of trans people and people of color. Recently Tavi has spoken in a press conference on HB2 and WHRQ radio station about the needs of trans youth.
Clinical Lecture Series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work