Applying AFFIRMative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Transgender and Nonbinary Clients: WORKSHOP PRESENTATION ONLINE via ZOOM

Registration closes @12 noon on 27.10.22

Description of the workshop:

In this training, participants will be introduced to AFFIRM, an evidence-based cognitive behavioral intervention targeting the needs of Transgender and Nonbinary (TNB) clients. This training focuses on both the science and practice of utilizing affirmative CBT concepts and strategies to promote positive mental health and well-being among TNB clients. Participants will receive information regarding affirmative, gender inclusive models of practice including an exploration of gender minority stress and identity-specific sources of resilience. This training will utilize didactic as well as experiential learning strategies to familiarize participants with the application of both cognitive and behavioral strategies used in the AFFIRM model to improve coping and well-being among TNB clients.


Austin, A., Craig, S. L., & Alessi, E. J. (2017). Affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy with transgender and gender nonconforming adults. Special Issue: Clinical Issues and Affirmative Treatment with Transgender Clients, Psychiatric Clinics of North America40, 141-156.

Austin, A., Craig, S. L., & D’Souza (2018). An AFFIRMative cognitive behavioral intervention for transgender youth: Preliminary effectiveness.ProfessionalPsychology: Research and Practice DOI: 10.1037/pro0000154

Craig, S. L., Eaton, A., Leung, V., Iacono, G., Pang, N. Dillon, F.  & Austin, A. (2021).     Affirmative cognitive-behavioural group therapy for sexual and gender minority youth: Community effectiveness. BMC Psychology 9:94


Ashley Austin

Ashley Austin, PhD, LCSW is a Professor of Social Work at Barry University, Miami, Florida. She is actively involved in conducting research devoted to promoting the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse children, teens, and adults. Dr. Austin is engaged in direct clinical practice, as well as training and clinical consultation aimed at advancing affirmative care for TGD populations. Her recent work has been focused on developing knowledge about experiences of gender dysphoria and gender euphoria to inform affirmative practice models. As co-developer and purveyor of the AFFIRM interventions through Affirmative Research, Dr. Austin is actively involved in research, training, and consulting associated with effective implementation of the AFFIRM interventions across a wide range of sites both nationally and internationally.

Shelley Craig

Shelley L. Craig, PhD, LCSW is Professor of Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Youth (SGMY). She has published extensively and generated research funding to develop research and practice that cultivates resilience in the lives of SGMY, particularly leveraging information and communication technologies and evidence-informed interventions. She is the Principal Investigator of multiple studies including AFFIRM, the International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR) and the international student training network (ISTN). Dr. Craig has been engaged in many community organizations, including as Co-Chair of WorldPride, Vice-President of PFLAG National, and is grateful to be the recipient of multiple awards including the Ontario Association of Social Work (OASW) Inspirational Social Work Leader. As co-developer and purveyor of the AFFIRM interventions through Affirmative Research, Dr. Craig is actively involved in research, training, and consulting associated with effective implementation across a wide range of sites both nationally and internationally.

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

Bookings can only be considered confirmed after we have received your online registration or application form and payment (or invoicing details, including an official purchase order document).

The registration closing date for each workshop is shown on the workshop description page.  Please note that no applications received after this deadline will be permitted.

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The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.