Trans in the Media

This presentation will cover the media attention on Trans-individuals. This media attention can be used to highlight the injustices this community faces; but it can also be a place for public shaming, defaming, and abusing. This first part of this presentation will go over what it means to be Trans in America. Next, this presentation will reflect on the recent polarization of our country’s culture war on Trans in certain media spaces. The second part of this presentation will address the current legislation being introduced and approved in both Wisconsin and other states. We will discuss ethical codes that will be in conflict if these bills get introduced and passed here in Wisconsin. This presentation will end with a discussion on ways to be more inclusive with language in therapy and resources around inclusivity within Wisconsin.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn about how the media perpetuates Trans disenfranchisement and Trans communities. 
  2. Participants will learn about how politics and media influences how Trans individuals are seen and current legislation is attempting to oppression Trans identity.
  3. Participants will develop ethical thinking in how to combine laws with our code of ethics.
  4. Participants will learn how therapists can connect with their Trans clients through inclusive language and determine needed resources to further their clients through their transition process.

Christopher Carpenter, LMFT-IT

Speaker Information

Christopher Carpenter is currently enrolled with Capella University’s Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program. He was elected in 2021 to the Wisconsin Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) Treasurer position and has been volunteering with WAMFT since 2020. July 18th, Christopher begins his practicum and internships at Oshkosh Marriage and Family Therapy Center, LLC as a virtual therapist. Christopher is a member of the LGBTQIA community and advocates on behalf of equal rights from everyone. Recent legislative actions across the United States has brought forth the desire to help educate people on trans identity, trans rights, and how these new pieces of law affect our practice as MFTs as we attempt to muddle through the dissonance between law and ethical codes, especially when they clash.