Transgender Studies
Instructor: Dr. Elise Turen
16 Course Hours | Elective Course

What does it mean to be transgender and what does the therapeutic process of re-gendering look like? When working with clients who are considering re-gendering, you will need to know what to expect and how to work with this population. Are you prepared to do this compelling work?


Here’s what you will learn:

  • How to contextualize “trans-phenomenon” historically and culturally
  • The terms and definitions necessary when working with a transgender/gender nonconforming population
  • The Spectrum of Gender and examine your own counter-transference when working with an individual who identifies outside the binary
  • Clinical management of helping an individual in the actual re-gendering process- ie: transition issues, hormones and surgeries
  • WPATH’s Standard of Care as it relates to the individual
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The experience of being transgender is diverse and varies from person to person. The needs of your transgender clients will be equally diverse and complex.
You will be expected to understand the various treatment options and clinical nuances that can assist your clients in the re-gendering process.

Transgender visibility has increased in recent years, resulting in more and more people who are able to pursue re-gendering. It’s highly likely that you will have clients in your sexological practice who are transgender. 

These clients will be looking to you to understand their unique concerns and objectives.

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Transgender Studies will prepare you to work with clients who define themselves somewhere “outside the binary” of being either man or woman. In this course, you will learn to contextualize the transgender experience historically, and will be introduced to important individuals whose exploration and understanding of this population are significant in their evolving treatment.

You will be introduced to the Standards of Care set forth by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. You’ll also gain awareness of the many paradigm shifts that have taken place when describing what it means to be “culturally competent” with a minority population whose recent exposure is being compared to the modern day Civil-Rights Movement.

You will be introduced to the many terms and definitions that surround the trans* experience, the effects of marginalization, stigma and minority stress. The course will also address the multiple tasks within clinical management that surrounds a re-gendering process, from hormones to surgeries, and what is essentially involved when one is working with a gender-diverse individual.

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Your Instructor, Dr. Elise Turen

As a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, Dr. Elise Turen has been a practitioner in the field of Human Sexuality for 28 years. Dr. Turen is the Associate Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center (LAGC). Along with facilitating a bi-annual trans-inclusive retreat for the past 10 years, she has conducted numerous trainings throughout the country for institutions raising their awareness regarding transgender people and their rights in society and the workplace. She holds professional membership with the World Professional Association of Transgender health (WPATH), Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Dr. Turen was called to this work early in her life, while as teenager she was exposed to experiences considered “outside the box” or gender non-normative. Their impact so profound, that she began to challenge the deeply held beliefs surrounding what it meant to be either a man or a woman in our culturally prescribed, heteronormative society. Thus early on, she recognized the complexities regarding an individual’s true proclivities when defining themselves meaningfully in their gendered and sexual self.

Her expertise is in working with individuals, couples, and families coping with issues of gender identity, DSD’s and their many related concerns, sexual abuse and trauma to the body, and addictive illnesses in hospital, institutional and educational settings. For the past 17 years at LAGC, it has been her heartfelt mission to create a safe space for her clients to explore the diversity of their gendered self, along with the developing insight of the inherent rights to their anatomy and sexual health and expression. Dr. Turen has conducted extensive research on the effects internalized transphobia has on a transexxed individual, specifically during their gender transition.

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Transgender Studies will give you the knowledge you need to work with clients who are interested in the re-gendering process. You will learn about the Standards of Care that have been established for working with this population, as well as how to assess re-gendering readiness and eligibility based on these standards.

This course will explore treatment options that you can recommend for your clients, the effects of hormones, treatment issues that may come up and how to be prepared to provide the best therapeutic experience for your clients who are transitioning.

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Study Transgender Studies with Sexology University for huge rewards! Here’s everything you’ll get:


  • Instant access to the course – you can start TODAY
  • State of the art 24/7 online learning platform – study from anywhere, anytime
  • Expert video lecture from Dr. Elise Turen, Board Certified Clinical Sexologist and practitioner in the field of Human Sexuality for 28 years
  • 16 hours of focused learning, implementing cutting-edge adult education techniques
  • Expert, personalized review of your work & feedback from Sexology University faculty


  • Transgender Links & Referrals Resource
  • Trans Etiquette Handout
  • LGBTTSQI Terminology Quick Reference Resource

 Course Fees (Including INSTANT ENROLLMENT): $397

Sexology University is proud to present Transgender Studies as an elective course. Transgender Studies is a premium course taught by world-renowned expert on transgender health, Dr. Elise Turen. Take this course as part of our Clinical Sexology Certification Program, or à la carte to supplement your practice.

You can order this course here and you will receive instant access and instant enrollment today.