Understanding and Preventing Suicide in the Transgender Community

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Research has revealed alarmingly high rates of suicide attempt in transgender people. This workshop will aim to increase participants’ understanding of risk and resilience factors for suicidal behavior in this population, as well as teach culturally-informed methods of suicide assessment and prevention. In order to improve the current condition of treatment for this population, providers’ ethical responsibilities of respecting the dignity and worth of all people, increasing scientific knowledge of behavior and people’s understanding of themselves, protecting human rights, and nonmaleficence will be reviewed throughout this course as they pertain to providing services for transgender people. Frameworks for understanding distress and suicidality will be grounded in the interplay between the evidence based gender minority stress model and the interpersonal theory of suicide. Based on the combined framework of these models, recommendations for both mental and medical health providers for effective suicide assessment and prevention will be provided. 

Continuing Education (1.0 hr Professional Ethics CE)
The Gender U is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP 7060) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Understanding and Preventing Suicide in the Transgender Community  meets the qualifications for 1.0 NBCC Credit. 

The Gender U has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7060. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Gender U is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

About Instructor​


Dr. Colt M. St. Amand

Colt St. Amand, Ph.D., M.D., (he/they) is a licensed psychologist and family medicine physician who routinely provides training on gender affirmative treatment of transgender clients. He provides education on gender and sexuality as a lecturer in the Psychology Department of the University of Houston and an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services at Baylor College of Medicine. In his part-time private practice, Dr. St. Amand provides therapy, consultation, and evaluation services to transgender clients as young as 4. His research focuses on examining the effects of testosterone on the mental health and quality of life of transgender men as well as the experiences of parents of transgender children. He completed his Ph.D. in Child/Family Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston and his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.


Learning Objectives

Understanding & Preventing Suicide in the Transgender Community

  1. Participants will be able to outline the rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in transgender adolescents, adults, and elders.
  2. Participants will be able to state the unique risk and resilience factors in the transgender population.
  3. Participants will be able to Identify and describe how to use at least one ethical principle to guide advocacy for and clinical work with transgender people who are experiencing suicidal ideation. 
  4. Participants will be able to locate at least one transgender specific resource for suicide prevention.

Bonus material

Understanding & Preventing Suicide in the Transgender Community

1 HR CE Certification

Continuing Education (1.0 hr Professional Ethics CE) (Provider Number 7454) by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

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There will be PDFs available with each section for you to keep for your references

Course Beneficiary

The Gender U and instructors agree to donate 10% of the profits from each course to a nonprofit organization. This course donates to the following profits to the organization below

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. Trans Lifeline is committed to being a resource that the trans community can continue to rely on for years to come. With your support, we can keep these vital services available to those in our community who need them most.

ADA Statement
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