About EDCO 394 Z5

Special issues in counseling, administration and planning, social work, higher education not appropriate to content of existing courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Variable credit.


Dates: May 24 - June 18, 2021. Course meets MW from 5:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, please contact instructor or cslgprog@uvm.edu. Open to both Graduate & Non-degree students

Section Description

This course will introduce students to providing gender affirming counseling to transgender and gender expansive/non-binary clients across the lifespan. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with both current and historical lived experiences of trans and nonbinary people. Students will explore their own relationship to gender and develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies to work with clients at a range of stages of identity development, while paying attention to the intersection of other identities. Course Objectives - Students will, at an introductory level: • Describe core concepts, define key terms, and demonstrate best use of the vocabulary related to gender identity • Compare theories of identity development and apply a developmental model for the emergence of transgender identity • Discuss the evolution of diagnosis including the pros and cons of the current diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria in the DSM-5 • Analyze their relationship to their own gender, examine biases and internalized cisgenderism, and demonstrate increased self-awareness • Identify common themes in the lived experiences of trans and nonbinary people • Describe issues relevant to trans and nonbinary children, adolescents and adults, including barriers to counseling, social and medical transition, legal matters, and issues related to everyday living • Describe issues commonly faced by parents, family members, and partners of trans and non-binary clients • Examine the intersection of race and class and other social identities • Discuss and apply standards of care and best practices for supporting and advocating for trans and nonbinary clients • Practice the role of the mental health provider and assess how to manage unique challenges • Identify therapist “missteps” and develop the skills to address • Discuss controversial and ethical issues • Identify community resources and support • Plan next steps and ongoing process for increasing overall competency

Section Expectation

Students will attend online synchronous classes, participate in discussion and experiential activities, complete all outside of class assignments, including a weekly Blackboard discussion post, readings, videos, podcasts, and one final paper.


Grades will be based on attendance and participation, assignments, and a final paper at the end of the course.

Course Dates



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