Beyond the Binary: The Gender Spectrum

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Event Recap

Approximately 115 students, clinicians, mental health care providers, community members, faculty, and staff gathered to talk about how to counter stigma against the LGBTQ+ population and increase awareness around mental health concerns.

Opening Remarks

Margo Gray, advisor for the Certificate in Human Sexuality, Civic Engagement, and Arts and Cultural Leadership welcomed everyone to the event. Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Ritu Saksena, and Dr. Michael Ross, Director of Graduate Studies for the Certificate in Human Sexuality, provided contextual remarks about the importance of this conversation in creating better access to effective mental and physical health care for marginalized populations.


The evening was moderated by Dr. Tera Jansen, who provided a brief yet in-depth overview of the gender spectrum. Other speakers included Dr. Katherine Spencer and Nathalie Crowley (see bios below).

Katie Spencer, Nathalie Crowley, and Tera Jansen

Nathalie talked about the ways Family Tree Clinic strives to serve clients in a respectful and welcoming way using an informed consent model, from navigating insurance forms to creating a safe gathering space for many trans and nonbinary folks to congregate and create community.

Katie talked about how important the Twin Cities are as leaders in competent trans and nonbinary health care, but highlighted the difficulty of accessing physical and mental health care within health insurance frameworks, as well as the lack of resources and trans and nonbinary competent care outside of the metro area. 

After a brief intermission, questions were taken from the audience. Tera moderated a fascinating discussion that touched on, among other topics:

  • developing trans and nonbinary competent care for rural providers
  • the challenges and opportunities in moving to an informed consent model for access to hormones
  • resources for mental health providers looking to increase their expertise
  • how to create a trans-friendly workplace
  • the future of gender dysphoria and other conceptions of gender within the DSM-V.

(Pictured: Katie Spencer, Nathalie Crowley, and Tera Jansen)

Featured Speakers

Dr. Katherine Spencer, Codirector of the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Dr. Nic Rider, PhD, Coassociate Director of Research and Assistant Professor in the Program in Human Sexuality

Dr. Tera Jansen, PsyD, LP, CST, Lead Psychologist, Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions

Nathalie Crowley, Director of Patient Resources, Family Tree Clinic


Friday, April 26

Northstar Ballroom, Saint Paul Student Center

5:00−5:30 p.m.    Reception with Refreshments
5:30−7:00 p.m.    Panel Presentations and Talks
7:00−7:30 p.m.    Moderated Discussion and Audience Q&A

Seats are limited, please RSVP to reserve a seat.

CEUs Available

Participants will receive two Continuing Education units (2.0 CEUs) from the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Beyond the Binary is hosted by INC, the diversity, inclusivity, and equity initiative for graduate programs of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS), in partnership with the Master of Professional Studies programs in Integrated Behavioral Health and Addictions Counseling, and the Certificate in Human Sexuality. This event is generously supported by the Program in Human Sexuality, the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health, and a Campus Climate grant.


Registration Instructions
To register, please complete the form, check the box next to the event, and select 'Submit.'