Maine Trans Wellness Summit

Anyone close to our community here at MaineTransNet knows that 2017 was a hard year for our community. Last year saw political attacks on our lives and bodies from all levels of government, a rapidly growing epidemic of street harassment, hate crimes, and physical attacks on our community, and perhaps most obvious here in Maine, a substantial increase in the reported number of transgender suicides, suicide attempts, and mental health crisis hospitalizations from among our membership. 

It's clear to us that we have to do something, and we have to do it now. 

This conference, in its first year, comes in response to these challenges, and will join Maine's transgender community, its allies, clinical providers and support agencies in a day of dedicated learning, sharing, and planning, as we work together to achieve one goal: an end to transgender suicides in Maine.

Transgender community members, significant allies, mental health, medical, and social service providers, spiritual leaders, and educators are all encouraged to attend. 

 

Where?

Ferry Beach Park Association

5 Morris Ave,
Saco, Maine

When?

Saturday
April 21st
9 am - 5 pm

Registration Closed
April 7th, 2018

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Keynote Speaker: Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor is a veteran, and transgender. She primarily spends her time volunteering at three different VA medical centers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, where she has played pivotal roles in improving  access to and quality of care for LGBTQ+ Veterans. Katie also volunteers with a Waterville, Maine based youth social justice theatre group. She has had training in mental health first aid as well as in suicide awareness and prevention with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Katie has been involved with starting and facilitating many LGBTQ+ peer support groups across rural Maine. Additionally she is highly active with Waterville PFLAG, and with the Reconciling Ministry Team at Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Waterville.

Summit Schedule

9:00-9:45am: Introduction and Orientation

9:50-11:00: Workshop Block One:

Suicide Bereavement and the Five Stages of Grief

Transgender Suicide and Faith Communities

Transgender Crash Course

11:10-12:20: Workshop Block Two:

Suicide and Suicidal Attempt: How to Support the Community After a Traumatic Event

Anti-Oppression Framework in Clinical Practice

Youth Led Workshop

12:30-1:10: Keynote Address

1:10-2:00:  Lunch

2:10-3:20: Workshop Block Three

Kinetic Workshop

Suicide Amongst Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Youth

Mobilizing for Connection

3:30-4:40: Workshop Block Four

Finding your Voice and Telling your Story

Why Family Acceptance Matters

Supporting Transgender Veterans

4:50- 5:30: Closing