Gender Bender: Challenging Ideas of Gender through Art

Facilitated by: Israt Audry, MSW, LICSW and Hunter Paulson-Smith, LISWAIC
Read more about our Instructors/Facilitators here.

Date: Saturday May 18, 2024
Hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 PT
Location: ONLINE via Zoom.
CEs: 3
Clock Hours: 3
Cost: $ 99.00


Whether we’re trans, non-binary, cis-gendered, somewhere else on the spectrum, we all have experiences with navigating gender based on the social scripts we’re given throughout our lives. In this workshop, we will envision what our gender experiences could be outside of the narratives that we are told to believe about gender. We will use art, writing, and discussion to explore this.


This workshop is aimed at providing a space for clinicians to explore beyond the gender binary to support their clients who are trans, nonbinary, and exploring.

  • 1st hour – Explore external views of gender – The objective is for clinicians to examine
    the messaging they have received about gender from external sources. This will ideally
    help clinicians see what pressures their clients face in regard to gender.
  • 2nd hour – Discover internal views of gender – The objective is for clinicians to explore gender internally. This will ideally help clinicians think about their own clients who have
    done this work and support them in their continued internal work.
  • 3rd hour – Discussion to synthesize learning, explore participants’ relationship to the gender spectrum. In examining their own gender identity and expression, they will hopefully be able to support their clients in doing the same.

Please come prepared with some art supplies. Use the list below for ideas.

  • One small/medium box OR manilla folder for collaging
  • Markers/color pencils/ pens/pencils, magazines, photos of self, paint (watercolor, acrylic), sketch pads, paper, folders… (you don’t need to bring all of these, just come prepared to collage your box or folder, and drawing or painting supplies)


Cancellation Policy: We require cancellation notification at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop date in order to use your registration fee towards a future workshop. No refunds will be given. read more…

School Counselor/Teacher (OSPI) Approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a “Washington State approved clock hour offering workshop.”

If you are outside of Washington State, we advise that you check with your state licensing board to confirm that they accept NBCC approved CEs. 

This workshop offers 3 CEs for Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Social Workers.

Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ™,
ACEP No. 7014.

  • Gender Bender
     May 18, 2024
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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