Counselling, Advocacy, and Mental Health Support for Trans and Gender-diverse People
Delivered by Silvana Bazet, Clinical Educator for Trans Health at Rainbow Health Ontario
This session is directed at any providers working in the mental health field, as well as others in an advocacy role. It can also be adapted to focus on adult and/or youth populations.
- a review of language, concepts, and health disparities
- standards of care and mental health competencies
- understanding how to provide gender affirming mental health care
- unpacking common counselling issues (depression, anxiety, relationships, substance use, etc.) through the lens of intersectionality, microaggressions, and “minority stress”
- practical arts-based tools for clinical practice
- working with partners, families, parents, kids, and other significant loved ones
Silvana is RHO’s Trans Health Clinical Educator, working to increase the capacity of primary health care systems across the province to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to trans communities through training, education, mentorship, resources, and networking.
Silvana has a passion for education and has designed and facilitated numerous workshops in a variety of settings. Since the early 1990s, Silvana has trained law and health care professionals, board members, and community members on topics such as gender identity, sexual orientation, working with racialized clients, invisible chronic conditions, and cross-cultural communication.
Silvana is a Registered Psychotherapist who has worked with trans, non-binary, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming clients from the beginning of her career as a mental health professional in 2000. Her work is informed by her commitment to social equity.
Silvana is also a community organizer and the founder and executive director of the Latin American Queer Education Project (LAQEP).