Voice and communication therapy within the trans and gender diverse care pathway (CPD96)

Essential knowledge and skills for speech and language therapists and voice practitioners

A comprehensive, experiential training in voice and communication therapy for those working with trans and non-binary people seeking to find their authentic voice and communication.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is the national provider for both the Gender Identity Development Service for young and adolescent people, and the largest adult gender identity clinic in the UK. As such, the Trust is unique in its overview of gender care throughout the lifespan, delivered by clinicians at the cutting edge of the field.

This course will give a multidisciplinary overview of the established and evolving treatment for gender dysphoria, and a comprehensive, experiential training in voice and communication therapy for trans and non-binary people seeking to find their authentic voice and communication.

Skills and knowledge learned on the course map onto the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ trans and gender diverse voice and communication therapy competency framework, and broaden to develop trans cultural humility in the clinician.

Aims and learning objectives

The course aims to:

  • increase your knowledge and understanding of the biopsychosocial treatments available to trans and non-binary people
  • provide opportunities to develop your awareness of trans cultural humility, and skills in voice and communication therapy fundamentals (with reference to RCSLT’s national framework for trans and gender diverse voice and communication)

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for speech and language therapists (SLTs) at all levels – students in training, NQTs, developing and established specialists – whether starting out or continuing their journey into trans affirmative clinical practice; for SLTs with no experience of working with trans clients to those with experience needing to refresh and revise their professional knowledge.

This course is also suitable for voice coaches, practitioners and pedagogues seeking to deepen their understanding of gender and voice working with trans and non-binary clients.

Course details

The course is facilitated by leading clinicians in the field in both research and practice. Course delivery is digital, using presentations, practical demonstrations and workshops, group discussions, coaching and feedback.

Multidisciplinary perspective

Delivered by Dr James Barrett, consultant psychiatrist and clinical director of the GIC and Ms Tina Rashid, consultant urological surgeon. Resources are prepared by service leads in endocrinology, psychology and surgery.

Areas covered include:

  • an overview of the biopsychosocial care pathway for trans and non-binary people seeking alleviation of their gender dysphoria and exploration of their identity
  • explanation and discussion of cross sex hormone interventions
  • the role of counselling psychology within the care pathway
  • surgical interventions

Voice and communication perspective

Delivered by consultant and leading speech and language therapists Matthew Mills, Gillie Stoneham, Mary Moos and Megan Berrisford-Green, in collaboration with invited trans and non-binary experts by experience.

Areas covered include:

  • vocal identities – exploring our attitudes to and awareness of heterocisnormative performance, bias, queer and intersectional identities, and trans cultural sensitivity
  • voice and communication therapy fundamentals in pitch, resonance, intonation, voice quality
  • interventions that complement testosterone to facilitate functional voice use
  • developing authenticity: nonverbal communication, presence, use of improvisation in individual and group sessions and interventions in social communication
  • additional needs and diverse learning profiles
  • supporting adolescent trans and non-binary people with voice exploration and social communication

This is a two-day course (with a follow-up half-day tutorial of supervised practice).

There will be three sessions:

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/3New dates for this course will be advertised here in due course – please register your interest to be notified when they are available.
Session 2/3
Session 3/3

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.

Testimonials

“Really good! Much more wide ranging in approach than I anticipated.”
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