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Transgender and Employment: Legal and Ethical Considerations Involved in Vocational Counseling-August

Training type: Community Based Training
Training topic: Professional Development
Date and time: Wed, 08/28/2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Location: Office of Rehabilitation Services (1st Floor Conference Room) 40 Fountain St. Prov. RI 02903

According to the Williams Institute, an estimate 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in the United States. Employers across the country have grown increasingly aware of the importance of creating welcoming organizations for Transgender (TG) and Gender Non-conforming (GNC) individuals and their families. However, recent research indicates that more than one in four transgender people have lost a job due to bias, and more than three-forths have experienced some form of workplace discrimination. Refusal to hire, privacy violations, harrassment and even physical and sexual violence on the job are still common occurences. 

Join us as training participants explore the critical concerns involved in counseling Transgender (TG) and Gender Non-conforming (GNC) clients in the employment process. A comprehensive analysis of the following will be explored:

  • Counseling considerations surrounding compatible educational and/or career pathways for clients
  • Issues regarding disclosure of one's identity to a potential employer; before, during or after a job interview
  • Resume development and the application process
  • Transgender workplace rights and responsibilities: Ethical and Legal considerations for the employer and employee
  • Decision making around when and how to transition in the workplace, along with addressing isolation, discrimination, and potential harrassment thereafter
  • Best practices in navigating gender identity and gender expression in "gendered" spaces; a toolkit for employers

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