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Increasing Sensitivity in Clinical Practice with the Transgender Population (PPC Webinar Series) )

August 17, 2021


Increasing Sensitivity in Clinical Practice with the Transgender Population

In clinical practice with the transgender and gender non-conforming population, a historically marginalized and mistreated population, it is vital for clinicians to practice from a place of awareness, education, and cultural humility. This presentation provides a strong foundation of knowledge for educated clinical interactions, including basic terminology, information about the disparities faced by this population, and guidance for engaging in sensitive clinical practice with cultural humility, including at end-of-life, and establishing safer environments, both in healthcare settings and when care providers are in the home.

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Learning Objectives:

1. Define distinctions between gender, sex assigned at birth, and sexuality and terms relevant to the transgender and gender non-conforming population

2. Understand disparities faced by this population and why this understanding is important to health outcomes

3. Learn tangible skills and resources to improve clinical interactions and environments and understand the importance of appropriate clinical interactions


Kat O’Donnell, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Kaitlyn O’Donnell is a Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist with Inova Life with Cancer. Kaitlyn has also served in clinical and supervisory roles within palliative and end-of-life care at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, UCSD, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Kaitlyn is a current fellow in NYU’s Zelda Foster Studies in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Fellowship program. Kaitlyn’s areas of focus are pediatric palliative and end-of-life care and clinical work with LGBTQ+ adolescents and young adults. Kaitlyn maintains extensive professional and community involvement with and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ population, with attention to care for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Kaitlyn lives in Northern Virginia with her spouse and their three-legged dog.


August 17, 2021