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Somerset Hunterdon Warren Psychological Association

A Treatment Model for Gender Dysphoria

  • Friday, May 13, 2022
  • 11:15 AM - 2:15 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


 Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren Psychological Association- (SHWPA) A Treatment Model for Gender Dysphoria 


Del Sasso, Psy.D. 

LIVE WEBINAR - Friday, May 13, 2022 

11:15 AM to 2:15 PM - Break 12:30 – 12:40  

2.5 Continuing Education Credits  

This program builds on concepts from my Level II training which provides an in-depth  assessment model for Gender Dysphoria. The presentation uses case examples to provide a deep  dive into 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 approaches to primary  mental health concerns, particularly the need to treat dysphoria and address environmental  impacts such as minority stress first, before even being able to fully assess primary mental health  conditions. The presentation builds on the concepts of internal and external dysphoria and  provides rationale for differing treatment strategies based on the type of dysphoria. We also  discuss medical interventions for gender dysphoria and the interplay between these and mental  health treatment. The need for interdisciplinary treatment is another way gender affirming care  often differs from other psychotherapy treatment. Finally, we discuss 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. Case examples are provided to illustrate and elucidate these concepts. 

About the Presenter: Del Sasso (they/them) is a Queer and Genderqueer Clinical Psychologist  (licensed in New Jersey as Stephanie Sasso, PsyD), specializing in affirming treatment and  cultural competence with gender expansive individuals. Del’s practice, RISE Psychological  Services (Relationships, Identity, Sexuality, Empowerment), was created as a safe space for sex  and gender diverse mental health services. Del has developed a specialty treating transgender  clients across the lifespan. They are often sought out as an expert by mental health and medical  professionals for clinical training, and have extensive speaking and consulting experience in K-12 and college level educational settings, legal and business contexts, and in community settings. Del co-authored Parents in Transition, a chapter in Families in Transition: Parenting Gender Diverse Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults, Edited by Arlene Lev and Andrew Gottlieb. Del is also  a trans rights and racial justice activist, including through their music as the protest singer songwriter Delphyne.

Objectives -After this workshop participants will: Describe the stages of the treatment model for  gender dysphoria – 1)Assessment/Diagnosis, 2)Treat Intrapsychic and Social Dysphoria,  3)Address minority stress, 4)Treat false self trauma, 5)re-assess, 6)Treat primary mental health  conditions. 

Provide a research-based rationale for the harms of making the treatment/reduction of of  primary mental health symptoms a requirement for transgender mental or medical healthcare. 

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. 

Instruction Level: Intermediate to advanced 

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 May 5, 2022. ( 

Program Fee For SHWPA Program: SHWPA Member: $30, Non-SHWPA Member: $40,  Student: $15 Registration Cancellations made by March 24, 2022, full fee will be refunded.  Online Registration & Payment can be made at OR by mailing a check payable to  SHWPA to Tracy Menzie, Psy.D. - P.O. Box 644 Lebanon, NJ 08833 Please include your email  address with your check. 

Continuing Education (CE) Credits (2.5) From NJPA – (Additional Fee Paid to NJPA) Fees:  Sustaining Member-Free, NJPA Member - $15, Non-NJPA Member - $25. The NJPA link to pay  and complete the NJPA evaluation will be provided to all registrants during the program on May  13, 2022. 

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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