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Alexander Ianto West: Dissertation Defense and Public Lecture

November 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

Come join us for this public lecture and oral defense of doctoral dissertation by PsyD candidate Alexander Ianto West!

Title: Avoiding Unhelpful Responses: A Proposed Theoretical Measure of Readiness to Work with Transgender Clients

When: November 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Where: Antioch University Seattle, Room 221B


When transgender people most need help, many face hostility and inadequate care from their health providers, including psychologists. This hostility is not surprising given widespread lack of familiarity with transgender issues or perspectives amongst clinicians. Even amongst those who hold the stance of openness to the other, most still have considerable difficulty working with transgender clients. Transgender training efforts vary in quality; some even appear to worsen attitudes towards transgender clients. Given these risks, it is crucial that clinical training directors and supervisors evaluate trainees’ abilities to facilitate respectful initial conversations with transgender clients. This project proposed an objective instrument for assessing a mental health clinician, or clinical trainee’s ability to discriminate between helpful and unhelpful responses commonly made in the initial clinical encounters with transgender clients. Development of the instrument is grounded in a combination of theoretical and empirical literature on the topic and is synthesized with the personal and professional experiences of the primary researcher as a transgender person and emerging clinician. This study utilized systematic expert review to examine the validity and psychometric properties of this proposed instrument.

Keywords: transgender, clinical training, multicultural competency, test development

Dissertation Committee Members

Dana Waters, PsyD, ABPP – Committee Chair

Chris Heffner, PhD, PsyD

Jessye Cohen-Filipic, PhD


November 13, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST


Antioch University Seattle, Room 221B
2400 3rd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121 United States
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