2018 First Event Conference - The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season
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Schedule Overview

Daily Schedule for Saturday February 03, 2018

Click on the Activity/Event title to view the details. Click on the presenter's image for workshops (light yellow) to view their bios. Times & events are tentative and subject to change. We will post the most up-to-date information as we receive it so please check back often. The final schedule will be posted by mid-January.

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10:00A Holding On For Dear Life in a Sidecar: The Wild and Wooly Ride of the Partner Partners in Process Program Dr. Maureen Osborne Duchess

Dr. Maureen
Osborne
In addition to identity challenges, being the partner of a transgender person can be a roller coaster ride of feelings that change on a daily basis. It’s definitely not for sissies. We will make a non-judgmental space for partners to share some of the feelings they have experienced on this journey. Some questions considered will be: What feelings have you experienced as the partner in this journey? Is there room in your relationship to talk about them without feeling guilty or nagging or demanding? How do you make your voice heard in your relationship? Do you know how to distinguish between your feelings in any moment and your longer-term inner truth? What ways have you developed of dealing with the “moving target” that is often part of a transgender person’s journey? How have you dealt with the changes in personal and couple identity that often accompany this journey? The format will be interactive and aimed at providing support and guidance for dealing with the challenges many SOs face.
11:30A Re-defining Self-Care: Caring for yourself and your partner during coming out and transition Partners in Process Program Kim Makara Duchess

Kim
Makara

Ms. Heather
O'Brien
This workshop is for partners of transgender people or couples. When a partner transitions, we transition along with them. This can often be a confusing and exhausting time. It can also present a daunting yet exciting opportunity for growth and change within ourselves and our partnership. With this in mind we will discuss the importance of self-care, finding balance, and improving communication. Participants will also have the opportunity to define their needs and create a plan for communicating their needs, while also understanding the needs of their transitioning partner. Additionally, we will provide resources specifically for partners of transgender people.
1:00P Issues with Cis-Trans couples: Communication, Negotiation, and Rebuilding Trust Partners in Process Program Dr. Maureen Osborne Duchess

Dr. Maureen
Osborne
A marriage or committed relationship in which one member comes to identify themselves as transgender can test the skills of even the most experienced gender therapist. The particular context may be one of early or later disclosure in the life of the relationship, part-time vs. full-time, public vs. private gender expression, and straight or queer-identified, with each presenting potential challenges. Among these are damage to mutual trust, perceived loss of intimacy, unrealized hopes and expectations, the need for secrecy, competition for attention, impact on family, finances, changes in couple identity, and more. This workshop will identify potential issues and suggest communication and negotiation strategies for couples with a gender variant partner
2:30P Couples on Intimacy: Where Do We Go from Here? - (PiP) Partners in Process Program Patricia Buttner Duchess

Patricia
Buttner

Donna
DeLone
When a partner is trans, many intimacy issues can come up. How do we feel about being intimate now? How are things going to change? How do we feel about the changes? This workshop is a safe place for couples to discuss intimacy with two trained sex therapists. It is a place to be heard, get advice, and discuss the joys and sorrows relating to a changed intimate life.
4:00P Couples on Intimacy (continues) - (PiP) Partners in Process Program Patricia Buttner Duchess

Patricia
Buttner

Donna
DeLone
When a partner is trans, many intimacy issues can come up. How do we feel about being intimate now? How are things going to change? How do we feel about the changes? This workshop is a safe place for couples to discuss intimacy with two trained sex therapists. It is a place to be heard, get advice, and discuss the joys and sorrows relating to a changed intimate life.

 



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