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In Person - Supervisors Forum - Gender Identity workshop for Supervisors (02/12/23) CPDFREE Presenter :Dr.Vanessa Lacey Facilitator: Patrick Dermody
Rochestown Park Hotel; Cork
02-12-2023   Registration: 09:30.a.m. Starts:10:00. a.m. - 16:00.p.m.
5 CPD hours
IACP Supervisors only

Places Limited to 40

Fully booked and closed

In Person - Supervisors Forum - Gender Identity workshop for Supervisors

Presenter's Bio: 

Dr Vanessa Lacey has a vast experience in relation to trans and gender identity issues. She began the process of gender transition in 2007 after decades struggling with living anon-authentic life in many respects. Deciding to take a parallel approach to transition, Vanessa entered higher education for the first time in her life, primarily undertaking a foundation in counselling in WIT, and following with a BA in Psychology. During her time in academia, she began working with national Trans NGO TENI, over an 11 year period and had many highlights, including developing the family support group TransParenCI, designing training and delivering them to hundreds of healthcare professionals, teachers, colleges, Gardai and other bodies. She has presented to UN, PACE (Council of Europe) and numerous in the Oireachtas. During her time with TENI, she also undertook a MA in LIT, and went on to complete a PhD in TUS.

Her thesis focused on loss and grief experienced by adult trans women and their families in the context of gender transition. Vanessa is a member of the Loss and Grief Research Group in TUS. In 2022 Vanessa developed Gendercare  ( and is currently enjoying the new challenge of running a consultancy firm, and honoured to be working in various aspects of gender identity. Vanessa is also a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Healthcare (WPATH) and it’s European version (EPATH). 

Event Outline:

On completion of this training you will be better able to:

• understand the various terminology and language that is important to transgender individuals

• understand trans and gender non-conforming people and the life challenges they face.  

• engage more effectively with trans and gender non-conforming people and their families

• Understand the treatment pathway process for trans people and their families in Ireland and abroad

• Attain an understanding of some of the real life challenges and co-existing issues experienced when working with trans people and gain practical skills to address them

•Dispel myths and misunderstandings about trans people

• Have a grasp of the best therapeutic methods to use when addressing the needs of trans people and their families

• Adapt your practical skills for helping trans people and their loved ones to find the individual pathway that is right for them

CPD Certs will be emailed to participants after attendance at the Event 

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