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Supporting the Spiritual and Emotional Needs of Transgender and Gender Variant Patients in Healthcare Settings

Presented by Rev. Claire Bohman, MDiv and Emiliano Lemus, with the participation of M. Therese Lysaught, PhD


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Program Summary
Participants will learn about common challenges and discrimination faced by trans and gender variant people in healthcare institutions and the impacts of these barriers to care. Participants will then deepen their understanding of gender diversity as well as explore common spiritual and emotional needs of trans and gender variant people in healthcare settings. Participants will learn best practices around 3 common challenges when serving trans and gender variant and have an opportunity to practice different ways of navigating these challenges.

Program Objectives By the end of this webinar, participants will:
  1. Gain a basic understanding of transgender identities
  2. Gain an understanding of barriers to care that transgender and gender variant people face in healthcare institutions and ways that Chaplains and Spiritual Care providers can play a key role in navigating these barriers.
  3. Leave with practice navigating common challenges that non-trans people face when serving trans and gender variant patients.

About the Presenters Reverend Claire Bohman has served marginalized communities in the bay area for over 14 years. She has worked in the community mental health field as a Case Manager, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counselor in the Tenderloin, South of Market, and Mission Districts. Additionally, she has worked as a faith-based community organizer largely on the south and eastern sides of the city. In 2012, during her first year of service as a Chaplain with Sojourn Claire fell in love with San Francisco General Hospital. After several years of volunteer service, Claire came on board as full-time staff in 2015. Rev. Claire is an Interfaith Minister and a practitioner of Earth based spirituality. She completed a MDiv program as a Deans Scholar at the Pacific School of Religion with an emphasis on Spiritual Care and Liberation Theology. She has also studied Interfaith Ministry at the New Seminary of New York, the United States’ oldest Interfaith seminary. Rev. Claire is ordained through the Interfaith Temple of New York and serves in leadership of a small Earth based spiritual community. Claire has completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). Additionally, she has studied plant-based healing at Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and has a private practice in herbal and spiritual healing in the East Bay.

Emiliano L. Lemus is a medical student and MS candidate in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, health disparities researcher, and trainer on transgender-affirming healthcare. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Studies at Harvard College, Emiliano worked for a decade as a community organizer, serving as founding director of Erósfera, Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Puebla, Mexico, and co-director of Bluestockings Activist Center in NYC. Emiliano now researches the health and healthcare needs of homeless transgender youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, and helps healthcare organizations better understand how to serve marginalized transgender populations.

M. Therese Lysaught, PhD, is a tenured Professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Care Leadership and the Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago, having joined the faculty 2013. She is also the Graduate Program Director of the online master’s and certificate programs in Health Care Mission Leadership. For five years, she served as Associate Dean for the Institute of Pastoral Studies, and prior to joining the faculty at Loyola held tenured positions at Marquette University and the University of Dayton, serving terms as Director of Graduate Studies for her respective departments. Dr. Lysaught’s scholarly work brings into conversation the fields of theology, medicine, ethics, and bioethics. She has published on a variety of topics including fundamental investigations in the areas of Catholic moral theology and theological ethics, as well as specific topics such as anointing of the sick, genetics, gene therapy, human embryonic stem cell research, end-of-life, neuroscience, global health, and bioethics and social justice. She also consults widely with health care systems on issues surrounding mission, theology, and ethics.

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: PIC1, PIC2, PIC6, PPS1, PPS2, PPS3, OL2.1, OL2.2, OL4.1, OL5


July 2019 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
July 18 NACC webinar presentation
July 18 NACC webinar presentation - 4 slides per page
TSCI Resource Guide
TSCI Tips for Transgender Inclusion in Healthcare Settings

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Webinar recordings


July 18, 2019 recording