Professional Symposium

The new one-day TRANSLIFE Professional Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa, CA. The symposium is an opportunity for our medical, mental/behavioral health, legal, and educational professionals to learn about the unique needs, challenges, and cultural competencies necessary to provide sensitive and appropriate care to the transgender and gender non-conforming community.

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In 2015, a group of dedicated community members came together to create an event to foster community building for our transgender/gender non-conforming community. Since then, professionals have asked for a space to ask their questions and gain a broader understanding of the needs of people who identify as transgender or gender expansive. We are delighted to announce this 1st TRANSLIFE Professional Symposium to equip, empower, and connect professionals and interested community.

100% of the profits from the TRANSLIFE Professional Symposium will go towards the annual Sonoma County Rural TRANSLIFE Community Building Conference, that is committed to providing an inclusive space for anyone on the gender spectrum. This includes individuals who identify as transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, two-spirit or questioning. This year’s 3rd annual community conference is being held on October 21, 2017 at the Finley Community Center. We are looking forward to our 4th annual community conference to be held in the Fall of 2018.

Continuing Education Credits

7 CEs are available for NP, PA, RN, LVN, LCSW, MFT, LPCC, LPT, and SUD/CATC/RAS.

MCLEs are pending.

For questions about the availability for CMEs for Physicians and continuing education credits for Psychologists, contact Lynea Seiberlich-Wheeler at


Early-bird registration for Licensed Professionals is $150 or $175 at the door.

Early-bird registration for Unlicensed Professionals, Non-Professionals, and Students is on a sliding scale between $50 to $175. This is to enable access to the event for those who need it. Please indicate the amount you are able to pay when purchasing.

Blocks of 8 tickets are available for a discounted rate of $975. Organizations or individuals purchasing blocks will be recognized as supporters at the event.

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Sand ChengOur keynote speaker this year is Sand Chang, PhD – a licensed psychologist, EMDR/trauma, and gender therapist/specialist, known for helping people and professionals approach health holistically and for bringing an intersectional perspective to others’ learning experiences. Sand has a private practice, is on staff at Kaiser Permanente East Bay, and is an active speaker and writer.

Workshops will be held by a variety of professionals and content experts from Kaiser, National Center for Lesbian Rights, No-Bully, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, local support groups, private practitioners, and more on the following topics:

  • Gender identity formation
  • Informed consent
  • Anti-bullying Interventions
  • Creating a Trans-Friendly practice
  • Working with children, youth, families, spouses and partners
  • Talking to your clients about sex
  • Education systems and how schools can best respond
  • Legal identity documents
  • The latest in legal rights and legal representation
  • Medications and medical procedures

All questions can be emailed to Lynea Seiberlich-Wheeler at