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WEBINAR: The Intersections of Transgender Identities and Physical Therapy
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WEBINAR: The Intersections of Transgender Identities and Physical Therapy

When: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Where: GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: Marcus Dean
(877) 636-4408 x102

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Transgender identity often contributes to significant barriers for individuals seeking health care as well as services throughout the community. Transgender individuals frequently experience bullying, harassment, verbal and even physical assaults.1,7,8,11,12,14,15 According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, one-third of respondents had negative experiences at a healthcare provider due to transgender identity. One-quarter abstained entirely from pursuing necessary healthcare due to fear of being mistreated due to their identity. One in four transgender individuals experienced a problem with their insurance related to being transgender. More than half of those respondents were denied gender-affirming care by their insurance providers.

As the physical therapy profession continues to seek autonomy, we have a professional duty to meet and exceed the needs of this unique patient population. The goal of this session is to bring attention to the unique experiences of transgender communities as well as provide the tools necessary for physical therapy practitioners to create culturally and clinically competent, inclusive environments in their respective settings. This will be accomplished by: disseminating the latest research as it applies to physical therapy practice, creating empathy and understanding of the unique experiences of transgender individuals, and highlighting the latest guidelines for transgender competent healthcare practice. 

Educational Objectives:
  • Describe three common barriers transgender individuals experience to attaining overall health and wellness.
  • Identify two potential barriers to providing culturally competent physical therapy services to the transgender community.
  • Identify two clinical implications for physical therapy treatment of transgender individuals seeking gender affirming treatment.
  • Verbalize two methods for creating an inclusive clinic environment and physical therapy experience for transgender individuals.

About The Speaker

Chris W. Condran, PT, DPT, MBA-HCM, MS, ACSM-EP, NSPA-CS

Pronouns: he/him/his

Chris Condran is an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist with 6 years of clinical experience. He is an Instructor of Physical Therapy in the online transitional doctorate program at Arcadia University. He teaches in the areas of Health and Wellness Promotion and Case Analysis. Dr. Condran’s educational background includes a BS in Exercise Science (East Stroudsburg University, 2006) MS in Exercise Physiology (West Chester University, 2009) MBA in Business Administration (Widener University, 2014) DPT in Physical Therapy (Widener University, 2013) and is currently enrolled in an EdD in Kinesiology (University of North Carolina Greensboro). He also holds certificates in Healthcare Management (Widener University, since 2013) as Certified Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine, since 2006) and as Certified Conditioning Specialist (National Strength Professionals Association, since 2004). He has personally sought to create curriculum change at his alma mater Widener University where he has been lecturing on the intersections of LGBTQIA+ identities and physical therapy clinical practice. Chris’s research and advocacy interests are centered in providing inclusive clinical environments for all patients, transgender health issues and the intersections of PT clinical practice, eliminating health disparities in the LGBTQIA+ populations, and establishing curriculum for LGBTQIA+ cultural competency in the classroom and beyond. Chris has found an outlet for these interests as a board member of PT Proud the LGBTQIA+ Catalyst Group/Committee of the Health Policy & Administration Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, where he serves as the education liaison. Chris has also shared his unique life experiences with multiple panels related to the diversity, equity, and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

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