The Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues


July Coalition Monthly Meeting @ No Meeting in July
Jul 19 @ 11:44 am – 12:44 pm
August Coalition Monthly Meeting @ Gateway Joliet
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Topic: Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients

Presenter: Amanda Jenkins, MA, LCPC


1. Become familiar with terms such as transgender, intersex, genderqueer, nonconforming, and nonbinary.

2. Learn how to correctly use pronouns with gender nonconforming clients.

3. Learn about the issues that are facing this population, with emphasis on mental health and substance use.

Many clinicians feel unprepared to work with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. This training will help clinicians feel more comfortable with the language and pertinent issues central to working with this underserved population. Leave feeling more competent and prepared.

Speaker Bio:

Amanda Jenkins is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with experience in LGBTQ+ health care, substance use, community mental health, and intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization settings. From the time of her counseling internship at the ground-breaking HIV/LGBTQ+ health center Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC, Amanda has developed a specialty in working with this population across treatment settings. Amanda currently works at Hope Enrichment Center, a private practice in Palos Heights, IL. Amanda identifies as female, and uses she/her pronouns.