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Gender Dysphoria -Overview of A Model for Assessment and Treatment

  • Friday, November 12, 2021
  • 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


Somerset. Hunterdon, Warren Psychological Association (SHWPA)

Gender Dysphoria -Overview of A Model for Assessment and Treatment
Presented by Del Sasso, Ph.D.

A live Zoom Webinar, intermediate level program from 11:15am to 2pm on Friday, November 12, 2021 targeted to Psychologists.
2.5 Continuing Education Credits

Program Narrative

This program will bring participants beyond a basic understanding of gender identity to begin developing a deeper sense of gender dysphoria; the primary distress impacting the mental health and well-being of those who choose to undergo social and/or medical gender transition. It will explore the experience of dysphoria in depth, as well as the opposing experience of gender euphoria. It will then cover how these concepts can be explored with clients not only assess dysphoria clinically, but develop a targeted treatment plan.

The presentation introduces my treatment model which is based on the interaction between distress stemming from gender-related experience (gender dysphoria, minority stress, and false-self trauma) and primary mental health conditions, if any. It provides the research basis for this model, and highlights a number of areas in which the treatment of gender dysphoria differs from much of our work, detailing how this must change our treatment considerations in the following ways:

1)The distinction between internal dysphoria and that experienced due to the impact of external/societal interaction and need for corresponding multi-systemic treatment approaches.
2)The interplay between medical and mental health treatment.
3)The critical importance (often counterintuitive) of treating gender dysphoria first, rather than focusing on primary mental health symptoms.
4)The need for constant assessment, particularly as dysphoria can mask and imitate other disorders, and false-self trauma can obscure those core aspects of self and personality that might allow for optimal diagnostic clarity.

Objectives: After this workshop participants will:

-Distinguish internal and external experiences of gender dysphoria, providing one example of each, and listing two key questions to assess each.

-List three core ways in which assessment and treatment planning may differ when treating gender dysphoria versus more conventional diagnoses.

-Summarize research about the outcomes of medical intervention in treating gender dysphoria in order to demonstrate the importance of appropriate and timely referral and collaboration with medical providers.

Dr. Sasso does not have any commercial support and or conflict of interest for this program.

ADA accommodations available upon written request- by emailing Virginia Walters, Psy.D., no later than November 8, 2021 (

Cost of this program: SHWPA Member: $15, Non -SHWPA Member: $25 Student: $10

Registration Cancellations made by November 11, 2021, full fee will be refunded.

Online Registration and payment at OR mail a check payable to SHWPA to Virginia Walters

P.O. Box 242 Oldwick, NJ 08858 – Please include your email address with your check.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits (2.5) From NJPA -(Additional Fee Paid to NJPA) Sustaining Member-Free, NJPA Member - $15. Non-NJPA Member- $25. The link to NJPA to pay for CE and complete the NJPA evaluation will be provided to all registrants during the Zoom Webinar program on November 12, 2021.

Contact Virginia Walters, Psy.D. - 908 439 3456 X8 /

This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and SHWPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

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