Caring Through the Lifespan: Supporting trangender and gender non-conforming people of all ages

When and where: March 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 2350 N Racine, room 509
Fees and CEUs: $150, 6 CEUs for counselors, social workers, & psychologists

In this training, we will address how age and gender identity impact who has control over transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) health care and the barriers associated with accessing affirmative care. We will explore the nuances and wide variety of experiences of being a gender expansive human and will introduce perspectives to enhance your clinical work. While no two TGNC people are alike, Jackie, AJ and Blue will take us through the themes they have experienced in their practices over the last decade. Coming from a deep tradition of person-centered and client driven approaches, we will provide insight and tools to help you support TGNC people as children, adults and older adults.

Jacqueline Boyd, BA, BS, CGCM, Owner, The Care Plan
Jacqueline (she/her) brings passion and expertise to the field of aging and LGBTQ+ advocacy. A dynamic speaker, facilitator and entrepreneur, Jacqueline is the owner of The Care Plan (, the country's first LGBTQ+ centered care management company. The Care Plan’s innovative model of client directed care provides advocacy, care navigation and advance planning for successful aging experiences. Jacqueline has consulted with SAGE, Howard Brown Health Centers, AIDS Foundation Chicago and Affinity Community service, and is a co-founder of Project Fierce Chicago, an LGBTQ+ youth housing initiative.

AJ Jennings, M.Ed. N-2 Head Nursery Teacher, University of Chicago Laboratory School
AJ (they/them) is in their first year as a University of Chicago Lab School nursery teacher. Prior to joining the Lab school faculty, they taught for 11 years at Park West Cooperative Nursery School in Lincoln Park. AJ also served as the curriculum and professional development director at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy work in support of creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ+ students in Illinois. They have a B.A. in women's and gender studies from Depaul University and an M.Ed. in instructional leadership, with a focus in early childhood education, from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Blue M.S.W., Fellow, Chicago Counseling Associates
As a fellow at CCA, Blue (he/him) provides affirming therapy for transgender and gender non-conforming clients ages 12 and older. He received his A.M. in clinical social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and his B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont. Prior to graduate school, Blue worked at Howard Brown Health and the Broadway Youth Center serving transgender and gender expansive people in various capacities (program manager, patient navigator, research assistant). As grounding values, Blue believes strongly in a client’s right to self-determination and healing.

New clinicians consultation group

This group is for new clinicians hoping to better navigate the stresses and challenges of beginning to practice psychotherapy. Through case presentations and group discussions, we will consider such topics as: managing anxiety and developing confidence as a therapist, clarifying one’s theoretical stance and creating a consistent practice, understanding self-disclosure, identity, and boundaries, and learning how to respond to challenging situations. This group is facilitated by Leah Nuetzel, CCA training coordinator, and Carolyn Schneider, who has provided supervision to graduate and post graduate students for over 20 years. Sessions are held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the 2nd Fridays of the month from October through June. We ask for a three month commitment. Please contact Leah at for more information.

Working in and with the transgender community

This group is for therapists seeking support and information in their work with transgender and gender non-conforming clients and their families. Our once monthly meetings will include instruction and case consultation addressing such topics as supporting client autonomy, identifying support systems, managing family and community response, recognizing bias, and handling self-disclosure. This group is facilitated by Blue Roth and Carolyn Schneider who together bring years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families navigating gender exploration and transition. Sessions are held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the 3rd Fridays of the month from October through June. Please contact Blue at for information.

Deepening a client-centered practice

This group is for post graduate clinicians who have prior training in client-centered / person-centered theory seeking community to develop their non-directive practice. Our once monthly meetings will include time for case consultation as well as discussion of theory. We welcome individuals in private or group practice as well as agency settings, and focus primarily on adolescent through adult age populations. Groups are led by Susan Pildes, LPC, Carolyn Schneider, LCPC, and Marge Witty, Ph.D., each of whom bring over twenty-five years of client-centered teaching and practice to their work with you. Contact Leah at for information. Meetings will be offered once per month on this schedule:

Susan Pildes: second Fridays of the month from 10 to 11:30, near Irving and Western
Marge Witty: third Fridays of the month from 1 to 2:30, at CCA Lincoln Park office
Carolyn Schneider: Wednesday mornings, tbd at CCA Lincoln Park office

Lincoln Park
1000 W Diversey, Suite 275
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(satellite office)
5209 N Clark, 2nd Floor
To reach us:
phone: 773-281-7200