Helping Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Young Adults Develop Self-Compassion

1.5 hours (+ post test & evaluation)

1.5 CEs Available


Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $35. (Enter code self-c at checkout)

Student/prelicensed price is $20. (Enter code self-cnp at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses – current and future – with the Lifetime Membership for a one-time fee. 


Self-compassion is the act of “relating to oneself with care and support when we suffer” (Neff & Knox, 2017). Though little self-compassion research has explicitly focused on trans and gender nonbinary (TGNB) participants, research has shown significant benefit of strengthening self-compassion to increase well-being and the relationship with one’s body (Braun et al., 2016; MacBeth & Gumley, 2012; Zessin et al., 2015), as well as building resilience to effectively manage adverse experiences and emotional vulnerability (Keng & Liew, 2016; Vigna et al., 2017). Consistent with the current literature, the TGNB population could benefit from practicing the ultimate act of self-care: self-compassion.

This course will train mental health professionals to support their TGNB clients, especially young adults, to build self-compassion in a world where they often experience oppression and pressure to adapt to white cisgender-heterosexist norms. The presenter will discuss the Buddhist history of self-compassion and ways the philosophy has been adapted in Western Psychology. In addition, the training will review likely benefits of self compassion for TGNB people, including ways to apply the practice to work with young adults. Vignettes will be used to further deepen understanding of clinical work.

This course is meant for intermediate to advanced audiences.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 2+ ways in which queer and TGNB young adults might benefit from self-compassion practice.
  • Discuss 2+ approaches/interventions that providers can use to help their TGNB clients practice self-compassion.

m. addyson tucker

Presenter/Instructor: addyson tucker, PsyD – addyson is a psychologist with a small private practice, in addition to full-time work at a university counseling center. Their specialty is working with queer, trans, and gender non-binary people, focusing on topics such as relationships, sex, trauma, oppression, anxiety, and helping many folks to access gender affirming care.

Additional Information

Instruction Level

This course is meant for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Who should Attend

Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and social workers.


Recorded Homestudy

Completion Requirements

You will need to take the post-test with at least a 80% score in order to receive your certificate for a homestudy course.

Financial Support

The Affirmative Couch pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no reported conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

For any inquiries related to subject matter, problem resolution, corrections, grievances, or anything else, please contact us.


The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with the event date and “accommodation request” in the subject line at least 1 week ahead of time. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis


I learned a good deal about the ways that SC relate specifically to the TGNC group and how to be more aware of the intersections of their identities, when exploring this topic

Very informative, with a lot of content to retain. This course was well taught.

I loved it! It was succinct and so educational.

How to incorporate self-compassion and more of a social justice lens to my work with TGNB folks. The language is always growing and changing, but the underlying messages of self-compassion will help guide me as I practice more.

I appreciated the vignettes and the focus on self compassion. 

Inspiring and informative. I liked the short sections, the vignettes and times to process.

APA Approved

The Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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