A Beginner's Guide to Trans 101
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A Beginner's Guide to Trans 101

A Foundational Course in Transgender/Gender Studies
4.9 (12 ratings)
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Created by Reaca Pearl
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand terminology as it relates to gender and gender expression.
  • Define the concept of gender.
  • Differentiate between gender, sex and sexuality.
  • Use appropriate terminology when interacting with, speaking or writing about the transgender community.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors with members of the transgender community.
  • Identify potential barriers when accessing health care for the transgender community.
  • Identify possible barriers to other types of social services for the transgender community.
  • Locate additional resources that support the awareness and fair treatment of members of the transgender community.
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  • This is a foundational, entry level course. The only prerequisites are an honest willingness to learn, a desire to commit to inclusion and an open mind.

What is gender? I don't know any transgender people.

If this issue doesn't directly affect me, why should I care?

The truth is you don't know that no one in your life is transgender and there's a very good chance that if you've said anything remotely like the above to them, they might never feel safe enough to tell you. 

A Beginner's Guide to Trans 101 is the very basic foundation for developing cultural competence in working with transgender individuals. With the increased visibility of the transgender community more industries and individuals are finding the need to increase their knowledge and understanding of issues that effect the transgender community. 

It is important to learn appropriate and inappropriate ways to interact with members of the community so that your communication can be positive, non-stigmatizing and successful. And, well, just basically not be jerk.

Anyone who interacts with members of the public, or manages employees can benefit from this foundational course that covers terms and definitions, the differences between sex, sexuality and gender, the current issues facing the community and will give you tools you can use immediately such as do's and don'ts of behavior and language. 

Whether you are in customer service, human resources, a manager, a friend or family member wanting to learn more to support a trans loved one this course will give you a solid foundation from which to begin your journey of cultural competence. 

This course is foundational for folx who have none to little knowledge of trans issues. If you are interested in a deeper discussion about the etiology of gender please contact me directly with further course suggestions. If there is a need I am happy to co-create new offerings.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who would like to start or increase cultural competency in Transgender issues.
  • Designed for behavioral health/mental health clinicians, human resources professionals, students, managers, and anyone in a professional or personal environment interested in these issues.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Transgender 101: A Foundational Course for Transgender/Gender Studies
14 Lectures 01:28:30

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Training Objectives

Test your knowledge of related terms and definitions.

3 questions

Untangling Sex and Gender

Untangling Sex, Gender and Sexuality

Test your knowledge

Sex vs Gender vs Sexuality
5 questions

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual 5

Test your knowledge on this lecture.

3 questions

2015 US Transgender Survey Results Part 1

2015 US Transgender Survey Results Part 2


What does it mean to transition?

Test your knowledge of Lecture 11.

2 questions

Etiquette - I want to be helpful; What do I say?

Etiquette Part2

Test your knowledge of trans-etiquette.

5 questions

Conclusion & Thank you
About the Instructor
Reaca Pearl
4.9 Average rating
12 Reviews
54 Students
1 Course
MA, LPC - Trauma Therapist, Gender Specialist, Sex Therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Being a sexual trauma therapist led me to a gender specialty as well. It's been my experience that marginalized groups are at greater risk for violence. I firmly believe in all humans' fundamental right to feel safe and comfortable in their own bodies. Since it's not always safe for folks to present authentically I have made it part of my life's work to actively work for human rights. I am the founder of the Transgender Cultural Competency Workgroup for a major U.S. health insurance company. This included developing and launching the education and inclusivity initiative for enterprise-wide training. I am an activist - or inspired actionist as I've dubbed it - an educator, a writer, therapist, mindful-empowerment coach, Reiki Master, inner voice enthuse, and above all a passionate human who sees the brilliant potential in all beings. 

My personal mission is to engage and inspire humanity to embrace our limitless potential for equality & justice, peace & love, healing & growth, through education, creative partnerships, heart-centered activism, and direct therapeutic and coaching services.