Voice and communication therapy within the Trans and Gender Diverse Care Pathway: Essential knowledge and skills for speech and language therapists and voice practitioners

Course overview

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is the national provider for both the Gender Identity Development Service for young and adolescent people, and the Adult Gender Identity Clinic, which is the largest gender centre in the UK. As such, the Trust is unique in its overview of gender care throughout the lifespan delivered by clinicians at the cutting edge of the field.

This 2-day course (with a follow-up tutorial of supervised practice) will give a multidisciplinary overview of the established and evolving treatment for gender dysphoria, and a comprehensive, experiential training in voice and communication therapy for trans and non-binary people seeking to find their authentic voice and communication. Skills and knowledge learned on the course map onto the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ Trans and Gender Diverse Voice and Communication Therapy Competency Framework, and broaden to develop trans cultural humility in the clinician.

The course is facilitated by leading clinicians in the field in both research and practice. Course delivery is digital, using presentations, practical demonstrations and workshops, group discussions, coaching and feedback. Topics will cover:

Multidisciplinary perspective:

  • Delivered by Dr James Barrett Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of the GIC; Ms Tina Rashid, Consultant Urological Surgeon; resources prepared by service leads in endocrinology, psychology, surgery.
  • An overview of the biopsychosocial care pathway for trans and non-binary people seeking alleviation of their gender dysphoria and exploration of their identity 
  • Explanation and discussion of cross sex hormone interventions 
  • The role of counselling psychology within the care pathway 
  • Surgical interventions 

Voice and Communication perspective:

  • Delivered by consultant and leading speech and language therapists Matthew Mills, Gillie Stoneham, Mary Moos and Megan Berrisford-Green, in collaboration with invited trans and non-binary experts by experience.
  • Vocal identities - exploring our attitudes to and awareness of heterocisnormative performance, bias, queer and intersectional identities, and trans cultural sensitivity
  • Voice and communication therapy fundamentals in pitch, resonance, intonation, voice quality
  • Interventions that complement testosterone to facilitate functional voice use
  • Developing authenticity: nonverbal communication, presence, use of improvisation in individual and group sessions and interventions in social communication
  • Additional needs and diverse learning profiles
  • Supporting adolescent trans and non-binary people with voice exploration and social communication

The course aims to:

  • increase your knowledge and understanding of the biopsychosocial treatments available to trans and non-binary people
  • provide opportunities to develop your awareness of trans cultural humility, and skills in voice and communication therapy fundamentals (with reference to RCSLT’s national framework for trans and gender diverse voice and communication)

The course is suitable for speech and language therapists (SLTs) at all levels – students in training, NQTs, developing and established specialists – starting out or continuing their journey into trans affirmative clinical practice; for SLTs with no experience of working with trans clients to those with experience needing to refresh and revise their professional knowledge.

This course is also suitable for voice coaches, practitioners and pedagogues seeking to deepen their understanding of gender and voice working with trans and non-binary clients.

Matthew Mills is Lead Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and Head of the SLT Service at the GIC. He is current President of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists (BAGIS), an RCSLT Adviser on trans voice, and founder member of the Trans Voice and Communication Clinical Excellence Network. Matthew is also external examiner for MA/MFA Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Gillie Stoneham is a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist in trans voice and communication, lecturer, researcher and author. She has worked at London and Exeter GICs. She is a founder member of the RCSLT’s Clinical Excellence Network in trans voice and communication. Gillie is also a coach in voice, leadership and personal impact.

Mary Moos is an Advanced Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Speech Difficulties from University of Sheffield and an MSc Speech and Language Sciences programme from UCL. She has presented and delivered training for the RCSLT’s Trans Voice CEN, BAGIS and EPATH. She is a music educator, singer and co-author of the forthcoming Trans Voice: A Graphic Guide.

Co-facilitators also include Megan Berrisford-Green, Dr James Barrett, Ms Tina Rashid and trans and non-binary experts by experience.

Really good! Much more wide ranging in approach than I anticipated. (Nov 19)

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link (https://zoom.us/test) to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at CPDEvents@tavi-port.ac.uk to discuss how we can best help you.

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