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Monday, September 28, 2020

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

Start Date: 9/28/2020 8:28 PM EDT
End Date: 11/13/2020 8:28 PM EST

Venue Name: Online through NAPD's LMS System

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Jeanie Vela
Email: jeanie.vela@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (303) 921-3736

September 28 - November 13, 2020
Price NAPD Members - $315 | Non members $350


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The Weekly Small Group meeting will be on
Wednesdays at 3 -4 :30 pm Eastern / Noon - 1:30 pm Pacific  or
Fridays at 1-2:30 pm Eastern / 10 - 11:30 pm Pacific 

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Learn more about NAPD Online Academy Courses - 10 min video
Led by Connor Barusch

General Course Description
Do you have transgender or non-binary clients and want to be better at interacting with and advocating for them? Do you not have clients you know to be trans or non-binary but wonder if you could do a better job communicating with them and advocating for them in a client-centered way?  This course will help you gain hands-on experience with key skills that will help you have deeper, more comfortable and more client-centered conversations with your transgender or non-binary clients. You will have the opportunity to participate in a small group learning session that will help you turn the skills you hear about during video lectures into practice.
During the last part of the course, you will have the option to bring your own case or project you are working on involving a transgender or non-binary person to workshop or to work with some of the materials in the course.
Target Audience
  • Public defenders, social workers, investigators, paralegals or anyone in a public defender office who works with clients
  • People who want to learn the basics of working with trans clients.
  • People who know the basics of working with trans clients but are learning to be a resource to other public defenders regarding trans clients. (Please let us know if you are in this category - depending on interest we may try to organize a small group specifically for people in this category)
Course length and time expectations for participants
This course will last six weeks. Each week will involve:
  • Some course videos and reading to be done at your convenience (~ 1 hour)
  • Participate in course online forum (~ 30 minutes)
  • Live instruction and small groups ( ~90 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 familiar with basic terminology and concepts relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Participants will be able to ask their clients what name and pronouns they would like to use in various situations. Participants will have tried asking at least three people they encounter in their lives outside the training who they do not already know to be trans what pronouns to use for them and will have decreased their anxiety over pronoun use.
  • 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 at 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 able to identify and implement 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.
  • Participants will have an introductory ability to incorporate transgender and non-binary issues into storytelling related to a client, witness or other person such as a mitigation argument, closing argument, motion argument or other
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.

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 9/28/2020 8:45 AM

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