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The Frank Daniels Endowed Lecture, sponsored by Matthew O. Howard, Frank A. Daniels Distinguished Professor for Human Services Policy Information

Trauma Work and Marginalized Populations: Ethical Practice with Gender Non-Conforming Individuals presented by Tavi Hancock, LCSW


Handouts: Handout with note space| Handout with 6 slides per page|  Slides


Monday, February 13, 2017, 12-2 pmat the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill

When: Monday, February 13, 2017, 12-2 pm, with light refreshments and meet-and-greet reception beginning at 11:30 am by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Café

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office).

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: Online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day before the program.)

Live Streaming: Can’t make it in person? Participate to live stream. (All who register for live streaming will receive an email with directions on how to join/log-in  the Friday before 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.


9965712_origTavi 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.




Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to

  1. Describe at least 3 ethical practices for working effectively with gender non-conforming individuals.
  2. Explain 1 or more concepts from a trauma recovery framework that are relevant for ethical practice with transgender clients.
  3. Identify at least 2 ways to promote self determination in trauma work with gender non-conforming individuals.

Handouts: All handouts for the lecture will be posted on the top of this event’s page.


Collazo, A., Austin, A., & Craig, S. L. (2013). Facilitating transition among transgender clients: Components of effective clinical practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 41(3), 228-237.

Markman, E. R. (2011). Gender identity disorder, the gender binary, and transgender oppression: Implications for ethical social work. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 81(4), 314-327.

Pleak, R. R. (2009). Formation of transgender identities in adolescence. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 13(4), 282.


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for a future lecture. Please contact Carol Ann Hincy at or 919-962-6540  to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

How to access UNC wireless: Information for connecting to wireless at UNC

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each clinical lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

Attendance Policy: To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No partial credit will be given. No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at / 919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540.


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CAROL ANN HINCY 919-962-6540 or