Event Calendar

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Course: Train the Trainer - Representing Transgender and Non-Binary Clients: A Skills-Based Approach

Start Date: 6/14/2023 4:00 PM EDT
End Date: 7/26/2023 4:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Online through NAPD's LMS System

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Talen Francis
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (502) 219-6149

June 14 - July 26, 2023
Price NAPD Members - $350 | Non members $400


Apply for Scholarship Here  Scholarship Deadline May 22
The Weekly Small Group meeting will be on
Wednesdays 4-6 pm Eastern for 6 classes - June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26
Led by Connor Barusch
Target Audience
Public defenders, social workers, investigators, paralegals or anyone in a public defender office who works with clients
People who want know the basics of working with trans clients and want to increase their skills even further.
People who know the basics of working with trans clients but are learning to be a resource to other public defenders regarding trans clients or conduct trainings on working with trans clients.
Course length and time expectations for participants
This course will last seven weeks. Each week will involve:
Some course videos and reading to be done at your convenience (~ 1 hour)
Live instruction and small groups ( ~2 hours minutes)
Preparation to facilitate or lead group activities and exercises in order to receive feedback - 30 minutes 
During the last week, there will be less video content to review but you will need to spend approximately 2 hours working on a project or workshopping a case to prepare for the small group session.
Note: This class is designed for people who already want to support and affirm their trans and non-binary clients and want to learn how to do it better - it is not a good fit for people who do not already value inclusion.
Learning Objectives
Participants will be confident with basic terminology and concepts relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Participants will be able to explain to others how and why to ask their clients what name and pronouns they would like to use in various situations. Participants will be able to answer basic questions that challenge colleagues who are new to working with transgender or non-binary clients.
Participants will be familiar with common barriers faced by trans and non-binary clients in the criminal legal system
Participants will be able to demonstrate and explain multiple client-centered strategies for addressing disrespect to a transgender person when practicing in a small group
Participants will understand how to balance confidentiality and disclosure when working with transgender clients
Participants will be able to deliver basic content about transgender people in a short interactive presentation
Participants will be able to facilitate a short activity related to working with transgender clients
Participants will able to identify, implement and instruct others on verbal and non-verbal signals that they are open and affirming toward trans, non-binary and LGBQ clients.
Participants will know what to do when they mistakenly misgender a client, colleague or friend.
Participants will be able to identify (and hopefully advocate for) at least one way their office could change in order to be more welcoming to trans or non-binary and LGBQ clients.
About the Faculty:
Connor Barusch (he/they) is a transgender public defender and pubilc defender trainer in Massachusetts. Barusch developed this course using the decade of experience he has as a public defender working with his own clients as well as consulting with other public defenders in Massachusetts and throughout the country with questions about working with trans and non-binary clients and witnesses and work as a trans activist and trainer since 2003.

Comments from past participants
The videos are great and helpful. I love how they aren't super long, but yet quite in depth. It's awesome to hear from both you and other voices.

I am loving the small groups. This material is really important and engaging but I'm a kinesthetic learner and I don't fully "get" something until I practice it. So thank you for allowing us a safe space to practice these important skills!

Barusch's training videos are particularly useful. I enjoy that we work on skills in class. I feel like I'm starting to build a toolkit.

I think everyone should take this course, whether or not they think they have trans/gnc clients. It's incredibly important if they are working in the field of public defense, both for supporting their clients and coworkers.

This is a great course to help you have a place to tackle and learn how to address trans clients. I think a lot of the great things about this class involve having the ability to practice scenarios and learn from other attorneys on how they manage and interact with clients.

Even if you're busy, you probably have the time for this course. It's not a drain. You'll be more attentive to the ways both you and your workplace are not inclusive and tangible improvements you can make. I sincerely think the ability to develop the skills taught in this class could make the difference between succeeding in and failing to represent someone fully.

My favorite part is the videos from trans people's perspectives. It helps to hear a first person narrative and it also makes me feel less creepy about talking about other people's identities when I know they have agreed to make these videos.

This course will prepare you to be a better legal advocate not only for Transgender and Non-Binary clients but for all clients During this course I have learned about not only being a better legal advocate for clients but also questioning gender binary within the carceral system and thinking about ideas to dismantle the gender binary in our representation of clients while questing the ways the gender binary has harmed all of our client's lives and also bring practices and ideas to my office to better make it an inclusive space for employees of all genders. I think this course has highlighted the importance of practicing and learning how to apologize when one messes up. I have also met brilliant legal workers from across the country who are committed to learning and being zealous advocates.

This course really allows folks to explore real life scenarios that may happen when you have transgender clients. You learn the language of inclusion and the know how to take this into the courts for our clients.


NAPD Cancellation Policy
All registration cancelations must be submitted in writing to accounting@publicdefenders.us at least 7 days prior to the first day of the event. Refunds will be processed via the original payment method, minus a $25 administrative fee, after the event. In lieu of a refund, an organization may transfer the registration to another attendee at no additional cost. No refunds will be issued for cancelations received less than 7 days in advance. Should NAPD find it necessary to cancel the event for any reason, a refund will be issued in full.
NAPD doesn't apply for CLE or track attendance to provide certifications for our live webinars, conferences and online courses. This helps us keep the price as low as possible and avoids the disruption of the flow of the training required by many states to verify attendance.

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 6/1/2023 12:00 PM

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