Social Justice in College Counseling 2019

Full Conference - “Social Justice in College Counseling Conference 2019: Providing Gender-Affirming Care to Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, & Non-Binary Students” 
May 16th 8:30am - 4:30pm & May 17th, 8:30am - 4:30pm (12 hours of CEs: includes 3-hour ethics portion)

CE Sign-in: 8:00am - 8:30am
According to the Williams Institute, millennials ages 18-24 report being transgender at higher percentages than Americans ages 25 and older because they are growing up in an age with unprecedented access to resources and information about gender identity and with increasing transgender/gender non-conforming/non-binary representation in society and amidst one of the biggest fights for trans civil rights.  It is estimated that in the state of Texas 19,600 millennials ages 18-24 identify as transgender, which is likely an underestimate since many individuals may not feel safe coming out to themselves or others and, therefore, are not included in these estimates.  Many of these millennials pursue higher education while coming out to themselves and/or others and commencing their gender transition, which results in colleges and universities facing challenges in creating inclusive and welcoming environments and meeting their unique needs.  Research has shown that trans-inclusive policies, practices, and support are linked to positive academic outcomes for transgender students, likely including improved retention and graduation rates.  Included in these trans-inclusive practices is the provision of trans-affirming campus mental health.  However, training in this area appears to be scant despite the growing number of transgender/gender non-conforming/non-binary students who visit our university counseling centers.  Thus, the focus of this year’s Social Justice Conference is to meet this gap in training and service provision across the country by offering mental health providers with much needed training on providing gender-affirming and ethical care to transgender/gender non-conforming/non-binary college students.

Registration Fees:

Full Conference: (12 hours: includes 3-hour ethics portion): Early Bird ($150);  Regular ($175);  On-site ($200). This conference will fulfill the 3 CEUs of diversity training for Texas psychologists.
Payment must be received by April 15th for early bird. 
Group Discount: Groups of three or more registering together receive a 20% discount (this discount is not available to students).
Student Rate: $20 for currently enrolled students (please bring your student ID).
Retirees of the SCS are welcome to attend at no charge. Please contact GeNae Welch at to register for free.
No refunds after May 2, 2019.

Logistical Information:

Location: The conference will be hosted in the Memorial Student Center, Room 2406, located directly across Gene Stallings Blvd. from Cain Parking Garage.
Parking: Parking arrangement and costs are the responsibility of conference attendees. The conference will be held near the **Cain Garage (CAIN), central to campus. Please take a parking ticket as you enter the garage gates from Gene Stallings Blvd. and pay on foot at the pay station prior to returning to your car. Parking is also available in the nearby University Center Garage (UCG). For more information about parking fees and maps, please visit
**Be advised that construction around the MSC may impact entry points for Cain Garage. Please visit for current access points.
Meals: Coffee, juice, light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day of the conference. Starbucks is located in the MSC at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Texas A&M University. 

For any additional conference questions, please contact GeNae Welch at

Conference Content

Gender Dysphoria: Beyond the DSM Diagnosis
  • This 6-hour presentation will provide education around gender identity, trans/gender non-conforming/non-binary identities, and the transition process, including social, medical, and legal aspects.  It will raise awareness on cis privilege and how it may play out in our professional and personal lives.
  • Presenter: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, LCSW – Los Angeles Gender Center
Gender-Affirming Counseling and Ethical Implications
  • This 6-hour presentation will outline the tenets of the Gender Affirmative Model and describe treatment strategies and interventions to provide affirmative and effective treatment.  Additionally, it will conceptualize mental health disparities in trans communities using the Gender Minority Stress Model in order to develop empathy for the range of ways that marginalization of transgender people impacts them socially, physically, and psychologically.  Lastly, APA, ACA, and/or WPATH guidelines will be used to identify and address ethical implications in working with trans clients.
  • Presenter: Colt Keo-Meier, Ph.D. –  University of Houston; Baylor College of Medicine

About the Presenters

Aydin Olson-Kennedy, LCSW
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, LCSW, is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center, where he provides psychotherapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, adults, and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, Mr. Olson-Kennedy brings a dual perspective into his work.  He has spoken internationally on the importance of an informed-consent model of care, identifying and acknowledging domains of privilege, and broadening clinicians’ and families’ understanding of gender dysphoria and its impact on the psychosocial well-being of gender-nonconforming and transgender individuals.
Colt Keo-Meier, Ph.D.
Colt Keo-Meier, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who routinely provides training on gender affirmative treatment of transgender clients. He provides education on gender and sexuality as a lecturer in the Psychology Department of the University of Houston and an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services at Baylor College of Medicine. In his part-time private practice, Dr. Keo-Meier provides therapy, consultation, and evaluation services to transgender clients as young as 4. He directs the Transgender Health research lab at the University of Houston, which focuses on examining the effects of testosterone on the mental health and quality of life of transgender men as well as the experiences of parents of transgender children. He is a member of the hormone therapy committee for the WPATH Standards of Care version 8. Dr. Keo-Meier is completing his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Conference Location and Accommodations:

Conference Location: The conference will be held at TAMU Memorial Student Center, Room 2406, College Station, Texas, 77843.
Lodging: Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  The conference committee recommends the following hotels:

Past Conference Foci and Presenters:

  • Power, Privilege, and Oppression – Shudarshana Gupta, Ph.D., Mollie Herman, Ph.D., Lilian Odera, Ph.D., and Michele Rountree, Ph.D.
  • Racial Disparity & Racial Trauma – Kevin Cokley, Ph.D., Carlton Green, Ph.D., and Jeanette Madkins, Ph.D.
  • Women's Issues in College Counseling- Dr. Carmen Cruz, Psy.D. Dr. Ellen Greenwald, PhD
  • Counseling Male Students- William Ming Liu,Ph.D. Jonathan Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • Hispanic Students - Melba Vasquez, Ph.D. Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. Patricia Arredondo, Ph.D.
  • African American Students - Thomas Parham, Ph.D. Joe Feagin, Ph.D.
  • Asian Students - Alvin Alvarez, Ph.D. Karen Suyemoto, Ph.D. Stanley Sue, Ph.D.
  • GLBT Students - Ruperto M. (Toti) Perez, Ph.D. Laura S. Brown, Ph.D.
  • International Students - Paul B. Pedersen, Ph.D. Nancy Arthur, Ph.D.
  • Spirituality - Mary A. Fukuyama, Ph.D.
  • Asperger’s Syndrome - Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D. Lorraine Wolf, Ph.D.
  • Multiracial College Students - Kelley Kenney, PhD., Mr. Mark Kenney
  • Returning Veteran Students - John Mundt, Ph.D.
  • Undocumented College Students - Joseph M. Cervantes, Ph.D
  • South Asian Students - Farah A. Ibrahim, Ph.D.

CEU Accreditation Statement:

Contact your licensing board to determine acceptability of continuing education credits. Texas A&M University has approved this educational activity for a maximum of twelve (12) credits, including three hours of ethics for LPCs, Social Workers, and Psychologists in Texas.


If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodations for the conference, please contact us at or 979.845.4427 within a reasonable and sufficient time so that accommodations may be arranged. The Student Counseling Service will make every effort to accommodate your needs.