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Growing Up Transgender

In this seminar, we will explore what it means to be transgender. Health and human services professionals will learn the difficulties transgender people face and how we can best support and advocate for the transgender community.

Key Program Information
Next Session Aug. 8, 2024 – Aug. 9, 2024

This program meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.

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According to the Williams Institute, the leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, there are 1.6 million people 13 and older who identify as transgender in the U.S. Mass media has played a key role in raising awareness of transgender people, but there is still much to learn about the challenges they face. How can we best support and understand the needs of people who are transgender? 

In this program, we will define, explore, and provide ample space for questions about what it is like to grow up transgender. Through this jam-packed and interactive approach to often confusing concepts, we will explore:

  • The difference between sex and gender, from both a biological and cultural standpoint
  • The transgender legal landscape: current and future challenges
  • The experiences/challenges of transgender youth
  • The role of human services, health care, and education professionals in caring/advocating for the transgender community
Transgender youth

Who should attend

Healthcare professionals, counselors, social workers, educators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and anyone interested in learning more about the transgender community.


  • Christopher Jorgenson head shot.

    Dr. Christopher Jorgenson (he/him/his) currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership. Under his leadership, UW-Eau Claire has been ranked #3 nationally and is currently ranked #1 statewide for LGBTQIA+ inclusion and student experience (for a third consecutive year). He chairs the Queer & Trans Action Committee (QTAC) and Bias Incident Reporting Team (BIRT), teaches in the Honors and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) programs, and regularly collaborates with campus and community partners. Jorgenson's approach to social justice advocacy prioritizes critical self-reflection, embracing discomfort, and developing cultural humility. He often emphasizes the importance of balance, carving out opportunities to celebrate communities whose identities are too often denigrated and marginalized. Dr. Jorgenson received his Ed.D. in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership, with a focus on underrepresented student populations within higher education, and regularly travels throughout the United States to speak on issues of queerness, power, oppression, privilege, and intersectionality. 

CEU Information
Round logo with text "Approved Continuing Education Provider, NBCC"

Participants will earn 8 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6669. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages individuals with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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