What can Brave Space’s organizational consultation do for you?

Kate Kauffman, LPC (they/them) can help you create or expand your for-benefit or for-profit company, non-profit, or group practice. They prioritize consulting with people who live at the margins of dominant culture who want to create workplaces that center the marginal and deepen equity efforts. They specialize in consulting with organizations that are by and for transgender/non-binary people and people of color; social services and mental health organizations; Oregon Health Authority contracting; and Medicaid insurance contracting.

Being a mental health therapist and business owner blends two of Kate’s top skills: the art of supporting marginalized humans, and cultivating organizational culture. Their commitment to human health and non-dominant cultural practice allows them to build workplaces that both strategically function within an oppressive system, and also embody trauma-informed practice to enable workers to heal from workplace traumas.  

Creating Brave Space has privileged Kate with social capital, knowledge of systems, internal resources, and the keys to organizational resilience. Kate serves Brave Space’s equity and justice values by sharing this privilege and helping non-dominant people and organizations increase their impact. By contracting with Brave Space, you receive the benefits of these resources. Kate will work hard with you for your goals and vision, and share what they can. Benefits to you can include:

  • Strategic planning and preparation to launch your vision

  • Leader mentorship: embodying practices that liberate workers

  • Easing entry into business or non-profit creation through easy step-by-step guides, sharing of contacts, social capital, and resources

  • Trauma-informed, liberation-based Policy & Procedure creation, editing, and review

  • Crafting of workplace culture, traditions, processes, and expectations that embody your values and adhere to systemic law and ethics

  • Creating internal documents, such as Employee Handbooks, Policies & Procedures, and HR documentation

  • Oregon Health Authority contracting support for mental health organizations

  • Worker recruitment, support, retention, and conflict resolution

  • Financial health—building systems that balance your vision and necessities


Brave Space is committed to helping trans-affirming providers become expert providers through a menu of trainings from beginner to advanced level. Trainings are targeted to mental health and other social service providers who have some exposure to the concepts of gender identity, and want to take their service to the next level.  Trainings are offered on an ongoing seasonal basis.  Contact us for details on the menu of trainings below, or to discuss personalized trainings:  503.389.5801, or

KEY: the following shapes will help you know who might benefit from the content of the training. The qualities described within the boxes are to help you self-select what level of training might be useful to you.  Brave Space does NOT require clinicians to be at the level of exposure described in order to attend the training.

Worked with few or no TG/NB clients

Have met few or no people who are TG/NB

Attended few or no trainings on gender identity

Part of practice is LGBTQ friendly

Have a few friends who are TG/NB

Attended "transgender 101" trainings before

Most/all of practice specializes in TG/NB care

Connected to TG/NB communities 

Exposed to intersectional identity frameworks

Provider is TGNB

Specialize in TG/NB care

Provide trainings, consultation, supervision in TG/NB care

Consistently operate from intersectional framework in life

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Wed 12/8/21 AND

Thur 12/9/21

9am-1pm (PST) each day



8 CE



Facilitated by Kate Kauffman, LPC

TARGET AUDIENCE: Transgender, non-binary, and cisgender providers will take away valuable information from this training.  Licensed and unlicensed LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PsyD providers; DHS caseworkers, peer mentors, foster parents, advocates, and other helping professionals


How do people deal with oppression on a daily basis? As a care provider, how do I help people build skills for it? How do I navigate my own relationship with oppression while trying to help another human?


This training draws from the skills-based model of Dr. Leticia Nieto, PsyD, to help providers make sense of how humans navigate oppression-related trauma, and build interventions to increase resiliency.  The training will use Nieto’s trans-theoretical identity model to contextualize common trauma treatment modalities so that providers can identify when, where, and how to implement such interventions, based on a client’s given presentation.  The training will help providers understand specific processes experienced by many transgender and non-binary people, and support them from trauma- and equity-based models of care.


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  • Understand common trauma treatment interventions within a trans-theoretical identity model to apply interventions more strategically and effectively

  • Identify skill sets used by clients and providers to navigate oppression and privilege

  • Identify interventions that help build new skillsets in client and provider

  • Outline a course of treatment for people experiencing oppression related to gender identity


Participants will gain access to a variety of Brave Space’s internal client resources and the Powerpoint slides at the end of the training.

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Facilitated by Kate Kauffman, LPC

TARGET AUDIENCE: Transgender, non-binary, and cisgender providers will take away valuable information from this training.  Licensed and unlicensed LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PsyD providers


How do therapists move beyond being "affirming," to provide USEFUL care to clients seeking a letter for gender-affirming medical care?  How do we navigate the historical traumas of our profession, the mandated attendance in our sessions, and build a trusting relationship with a client? How do we understand our role when a client does not want therapy, just a letter? How are we helpful and knowledgeable about the next steps, when clients are often more researched than we are?


This course will share valuable insights from over 5 years of intensive work with transgender and non-binary clients seeking letters for gender-affirming medical procedures.  In this course, participants will learn how to facilitate a standalone assessment for gender-affirming surgery, hormone therapy, and pubertal suppression using informed consent and healthcare trauma-informed frameworks.  Participants will be exposed to the historical and current context of our role in medical care and build practices that can minimize harm.  Participants will learn to address factors that can complicate, or be complicated by, medical care; review the risks and expectations for each medical procedure; and support clients through the steps of medical preparation and aftercare.  Participants will be exposed to the fundamental dynamics of each gender-affirming surgery and hormone intervention that is currently covered by insurance, and learn about the provider options and wait-times in the Portland metro area.



  • Define WPATH, insurance, and provider requirements for quality letters and assessments.

  • Establish trust with clients through an accountable and trauma-informed  consent dialogue.

  • Conduct a mental health assessment for gender affirming surgery focusing on experiences relevant to medical care.

  • Present the expectations for chest reconstruction, breast augmentation, metoidioplasty, orchiectomy, hysterectomy/oophorectomy, phalloplasty, electrolysis, and vaginoplasty; as well as testosterone, estridol, progesterone, spironolactone, bicaludimide, and pubertal suppression.

  • Have concrete tools for preparing clients for surgery.

  • Write a comprehensive letter of support that is consistent with WPATH standards of care, insurance and surgeon’s criteria, and is respectful to client privacy.

Participants will be added to the Brave Space Resource Guide, and gain access to a variety of Brave Space’s internal client resources at the end of the training.

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Facilitated by Kate Kauffman, LPC

TARGET AUDIENCE: Transgender, non-binary, and cisgender providers will take away valuable information from this training.  Licensed and unlicensed LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PsyD providers; medical providers; school staff, DHS caseworkers, peer mentors, foster parents, advocates, and other helping professionals


How do providers go beyond being “affirming” of their TGNB clients, and provide USEFUL guidance in the fluid processes of personal, social, physical, and legal transition?  How do we navigate our own identity locations and experiences when relating to clients whose experience may be similar or different from ours? How do we stay abreast of the current climate in which our clients (and we) navigate transition?


During this course, participants will be exposed to 5 years’ worth of data from clientele who have shared their diverse processes of transition.  Participants will gain a wide range of specialized information about the dynamics of transition that will help you guide clients rather than play catch-up.  At the same time, participants will be led through experiential activities to make personal connection to the information and navigate how our personal location impacts our delivery of care. 



  • Identify elements of personal transition and interventions for navigating the psychological processes of transition

  • Learn key elements of physical transition including changes in hair, makeup, clothing, binding, tucking, and voice

  • Identify key elements of social transition and the ways to bolster support and navigate oppression

  • Assist someone through legal name and gender changes on documentation

  • Have resources to provide clients that can assist with transition

Participants will be added to the Brave Space Resource Guide, and gain access to a variety of Brave Space’s internal client resources at the end of the training.

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Facilitated by Kate Kauffman, LPC

TARGET AUDIENCE: Licensed and unlicensed LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PsyD, EdD, PhD providers, graduate interns in mental health/social work fields, RNs, case managers, school providers, DHS caseworkers, CASAs, mentors, and other providers who care for transgender and non-binary youth, family members.


When a transgender person transitions, so do the cisgender people in their family. Professionals can find themselves over-aligned with one or more family members and lose sight of the path that helps maintain family connection and resilience. This training will help professionals, family members, and trans people build a new language for the experiences within transgender/cisgender family systems, and become more fluent and adept at navigating cross-cultural dialogues. Participants will be able to identify their own biases and stages of development that can lead to over-alignment with certain family members and build empathy and compassion across experience. Ultimately, these tools will increase the likelihood of families staying connected and resilient, and possibly prevent relational trauma.

• Understand the stages of change and skillsets used by transgender and cisgender people when entering a cross-cultural relationship dynamic
• Identify our personal skills and stages, to better manage implicit bias or over-alignment
• Improve ability to “code switch” or dialogue from various perspectives to build connection with multiple family members

• Access interventions that can help family members enter new stages or skillsets

Training includes didactic lecture and presentation, group dialogue, video of client stories, modeling of treatment interventions, and practice role-plays.