Kristie Overstreet, PhD, a clinical sexologist and psychotherapist who specializes in transgender issues, has developed what is reportedly the first certification course for professionals who work with transgender patients from a dignity perspective.

The 3-hour Transgender Healthcare Dignity Model Training & Certification Program is available online and onsite according to a media release, and costs $175.

“Transgender patients face discrimination and lack of understanding, which results in their receiving minimal care due to providers not feeling competent and confident in treating them. Understandably, many transgender individuals avoid going to the doctor or hospital because they fear being judged, dismissed or having their needs ignored,” Overstreet says in the release.

“In one 2015 study, 72 percent of providers said they didn’t feel well-informed on the health-care needs of LGBT patients. Can you imagine how much higher that percentage would be if it were just for transgender patients?” she adds.

A 1-year certification is free with training, although individuals need to apply for certification after training is completed. Those who complete the course will also receive a certificate designating them as a Dignity Model Certified Provider (DMCP); an electronic seal to use on social media and websites; a lapel pin designating their certification, free access to a monthly video or phone chat with Overstreet; and unlimited access to resources including videos, best practices, referrals, and links, the release explains.

[Source(s): Kristie Overstreet, PR Newswire]