CPA Clinical Webinar Program: On Considering our Role in Creating a Safe Environment for Trans Populations in Physiotherapy



Start Date: December 12, 2018, 8:00 pm

End Date: December 12, 2018, 9:00 pm

Location: Online

Host: Pain Science Division

Webinar Title: On Considering Our Role in Creating a Safe Environment for Trans Populations in Physiotherapy

Sponsoring Division: Pain Science Division

Speakers: Katherine Harman and Meaghan Peters

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST (9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Atlantic)

Registration Fees: Prices will be provided upon registration


Have you ever had the experience of...

1. Meeting someone and not being sure how to address them?

2. "Misgendering" someone by mistake?

3. Wondering how you can make your practice space more welcoming or inclusive?

4. Having questions about transgender people and feeling uncomfortable asking them / not knowing who to ask?



Transgender people often encounter unwelcoming environments and have negative experiences in health care. This leads to delays in health care seeking or complete avoidance, which, of course, is not desirable for wellbeing. When they do show up for health care services, transgender people are often in the position of educating others and asking for changes in practice to better serve them. The purpose of this session is to provide information about transgender people and make suggestions as to how your practice could be welcoming.


Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Explain to others the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment to transgender people in the physiotherapy workplace.

2. Critically examine their workplace and make changes to create a welcoming environment.

3. Apply this new understanding to their own language and behaviour while practising.


Speakers' Bios:

Katherine Harman is an Associate Professor in the School of Physiotherapy, Dalhousie University. She came to this topic through exploring the therapeutic alliance, pain and vulnerable populations, each of which she has conducted research in and taught about during the 30 years of her career.

Meaghan Peters is a physiotherapist in acute care in Edmonton who has personal experience with the trans community and is passionate about spreading knowledge and understanding of trans people to improve their experiences with the health care system.


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