ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTATION.

Consultation, research, and review: $100/hr

Documentation templates, such as Policies & Procedure manuals, employee handbooks, etc: $3/page

Travel for in person meetings at your location: $0.56/mile

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 spread equity just by existing. 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 functions within a system, and also embodies trauma-informed practice to enable workers to heal from workplace traumas.  This exemplifies the art of living at the margins: rubbing up against dominant cultural forces to be able to work sustainably, while centering our humanity, vulnerability, liberation, and connection in the workplace.

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 new non-dominant organizations come into existence. 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 system 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 serve system’s needs and balance vision and practicalities

CONTINUING EDUCATION TRAININGS.

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 kate@bravespacellc.com.

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

2 day course:

TBD

TRANSGENDER CARE: MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS AND PLANNING

FOR GENDER-AFFIRMING MEDICAL PROCEDURES

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • 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.

TBD

TRANSGENDER CARE: DYNAMICS OF TRANSITION

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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. 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • 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.

TBD

TRANSGENDER CARE:

IDENTITY- AND TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

 

For a primer on the model, visit http://www.seattlechannel.org/embedvideoplayer?videoid=x59621

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • 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.