Out in West Texas
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A project to train medical, legal, mental health, and educational providers of the West Texas region in professional competencies associated with working with transgender clients, as well as to provide training in transgender affirming practices.

This two-day symposium seeks to support transgender lives in the Permian Basin by fostering the growth of a network of providers trained in transgender medical, legal, and mental health professional competencies as well as transgender cultural competencies. Currently, these needs are served ineffectually, if at all, in our region, with the burden of locating necessary professional resources falling on transgender individuals and families of transgender individuals, who may not have the financial means or necessary training to accomplish this effectively. To put it simply, a sustained network of professionals dedicated to making transgender lives more livable in the Permian Basin does not exist at this time.

The Symposium aims to fulfill this need by:
• providing two days of interdisciplinary training in medical, legal, and mental health foundations, supported by breakout sessions addressing various transgender cultural competencies;
• providing opportunities for attendees to participate in crossover sessions that highlight the importance of multi-field professional provider networks, as well as social events to allow attendees a chance to engage in further networking; and
• providing a forum for interested participants from diverse professional backgrounds—including educational, journalistic, criminal justice, faith-based, or other community service backgrounds—to gain knowledge and competency with regard to serving, interacting with, and/or reporting on transgender clients.

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