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Transgender students seeking an evaluation at the University Counseling and Testing Center for hormone therapy or surgical procedures:

 

What to expect…

 

 

Contacting the UCTC:

Please call 541-346-3227 or stop by the Counseling Center to schedule an initial appointment. When you schedule the appointment, please inform the front desk staff that you are seeking an evaluation for hormone therapy or surgical procedures related to your gender identity. This will ensure that you are seen by a counselor who has expertise in transgender issues. In most cases, your initial session will be scheduled within a few days.

 

Your initial session:

Please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to fill out some paperwork. You will need your student ID card to check-in. After you have completed your paperwork, an intake counselor will meet with you to review you situation and needs, answer any questions you have, and help you determine next steps. After your intake session, there could be a wait to see a therapist who has expertise in these evaluations.  We recognize it can be anxiety provoking to wait and will do our best to get you started as soon possible.

 

The evaluation process:

If you choose to be evaluated at the UCTC, you will meet with a counselor who has training and experience in working with Trans* and gender variant individuals. If your counselor is not a licensed professional, they are supervised by a licensed psychologist with expertise in conducting these evaluations. Your counselor will work with you to help you meet readiness and eligibility requirements for hormone therapy based on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care. Some of these requirements include:

 

Eligibility Criteria:

1) Age of majority (typically 18 in the U.S.); 2) Persistent, well-documented gender dysphoria; 3) Capacity to make a fully informed decision and consent to treatment; and 4) if significant medical or mental health conditions are present, they must be reasonably well-controlled. 

 

Eligibility criteria for surgical procedures vary by specific type of surgery. Typically these criteria are included and sometimes additionally may include a specific period of time undergoing hormone treatment, a specific period of time spent living in a gender role congruent to the person's goals, and possibly two referrals.  For further details, see the WPATH Standards of Care

 

Please note the presence of mental health concerns does not necessarily preclude access to hormones or surgical procedures. 

 

Your counselor will go over these requirements in detail before and during the evaluation process. Within the first 2 meetings, your counselor will make a recommendation regarding the length of evaluation required, typically ranging from a few weeks to a few months (with some exceptions).  Because each individual's situation is different, we cannot recommend a timeframe in advance of meeting with a counselor.  In any case, you should expect to meet with your counselor on multiple occasions.  The UCTC operates from an informed consent approach to providing these evaluations (as described in the WPATH SoC), so every care is taken to keep this process as expedient as reasonable for you.   

 

You have choices:

If you plan to receive hormone therapy through the UO student health center, you will need to be evaluated by a counselor at the UCTC, or by an approved counselor in the community.  If you would prefer to seek counseling outside of the university, your UCTC intake counselor will assist you in getting connected with counselors in the community who have expertise in these evaluations. Before you begin working with a therapist in the community, you will need to ensure that the UO health center is willing to accept an evaluation letter from your counselor. The UCTC can assist you in obtaining this information.  If you would like assistance with referrals to providers of surgical procedures in the community or support changing gender designation on Oregon driver's licenses, the UCTC can help with this as well.

 

Therapy services:

We recognize that Trans* and gender variant individuals experience many cultural and environmental oppressions beyond the range of psychological difficulties also faced by their cisgender counterparts.  The UCTC is proud to provide individual and group therapy services in addition to gender transition evaluations for Trans* and gender variant UO students.  To access our services, please call 541-346-3227 or come by the UCTC in-person to schedule a consultation with a therapist.  If you would like support connecting to a therapist in the community we can help with these referrals, too, when you call or come by.  

 

Additional Resources & Support for Trans* and gender nonconforming UO Students:

 

UOut:  The website for the LGBTESSP office, a department within the Dean of Students office, providing resources, support, and community-building opportunities to LGBTQIA UO students.

 

WPATH:  The website for the international organization that sets professional standards of care for trans* and gender variant individuals also provides a variety of resources including provider searches.

 

Queer Eugene:  A website for LGBTQ community in the Eugene/Springfield area.  It provides resources, news, events, and business listings addressing the needs of LGBTQ individuals.

 

The Trevor Project:  This website provides forums, support, and suicide prevention/crisis intervention resources for LGBTQ youth and allies (ages 13-24).

 

TransMentors International:  A website for the non-profit organization providing aid, support, and community for Trans-identified individuals.

 

 

*The term Trans* is used here as shorthand and refers to the broader spectrum of transgender, gender fluid, gender queer, and gender variant individuals.

 

 

Transgender students seeking an evaluation at the University Counseling and Testing Center for hormone therapy or surgical procedures:

 

What to expect…

 

 

Contacting the UCTC:

Please call 541-346-3227 or stop by the Counseling Center to schedule an initial appointment. When you schedule the appointment, please inform the front desk staff that you are seeking an evaluation for hormone therapy or surgical procedures related to your gender identity. This will ensure that you are seen by a counselor who has expertise in transgender issues. In most cases, your initial session will be scheduled within a few days.

 

Your initial session:

Please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to fill out some paperwork. You will need your student ID card to check-in. After you have completed your paperwork, an intake counselor will meet with you to review you situation and needs, answer any questions you have, and help you determine next steps. After your intake session, there could be a wait to see a therapist who has expertise in these evaluations.  We recognize it can be anxiety provoking to wait and will do our best to get you started as soon possible.

 

The evaluation process:

If you choose to be evaluated at the UCTC, you will meet with a counselor who has training and experience in working with Trans* and gender variant individuals. If your counselor is not a licensed professional, they are supervised by a licensed psychologist with expertise in conducting these evaluations. Your counselor will work with you to help you meet readiness and eligibility requirements for hormone therapy based on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care. Some of these requirements include:

 

Eligibility Criteria:

1) Age of majority (typically 18 in the U.S.); 2) Persistent, well-documented gender dysphoria; 3) Capacity to make a fully informed decision and consent to treatment; and 4) if significant medical or mental health conditions are present, they must be reasonably well-controlled. 

 

Eligibility criteria for surgical procedures vary by specific type of surgery. Typically these criteria are included and sometimes additionally may include a specific period of time undergoing hormone treatment, a specific period of time spent living in a gender role congruent to the person's goals, and possibly two referrals.  For further details, see the WPATH Standards of Care

 

Please note the presence of mental health concerns does not necessarily preclude access to hormones or surgical procedures. 

 

Your counselor will go over these requirements in detail before and during the evaluation process. Within the first 2 meetings, your counselor will make a recommendation regarding the length of evaluation required, typically ranging from a few weeks to a few months (with some exceptions).  Because each individual's situation is different, we cannot recommend a timeframe in advance of meeting with a counselor.  In any case, you should expect to meet with your counselor on multiple occasions.  The UCTC operates from an informed consent approach to providing these evaluations (as described in the WPATH SoC), so every care is taken to keep this process as expedient as reasonable for you.   

 

You have choices:

If you plan to receive hormone therapy through the UO student health center, you will need to be evaluated by a counselor at the UCTC, or by an approved counselor in the community.  If you would prefer to seek counseling outside of the university, your UCTC intake counselor will assist you in getting connected with counselors in the community who have expertise in these evaluations. Before you begin working with a therapist in the community, you will need to ensure that the UO health center is willing to accept an evaluation letter from your counselor. The UCTC can assist you in obtaining this information.  If you would like assistance with referrals to providers of surgical procedures in the community or support changing gender designation on Oregon driver's licenses, the UCTC can help with this as well.

 

Therapy services:

We recognize that Trans* and gender variant individuals experience many cultural and environmental oppressions beyond the range of psychological difficulties also faced by their cisgender counterparts.  The UCTC is proud to provide individual and group therapy services in addition to gender transition evaluations for Trans* and gender variant UO students.  To access our services, please call 541-346-3227 or come by the UCTC in-person to schedule a consultation with a therapist.  If you would like support connecting to a therapist in the community we can help with these referrals, too, when you call or come by.  

 

Additional Resources & Support for Trans* and gender nonconforming UO Students:

 

UOut:  The website for the LGBTESSP office, a department within the Dean of Students office, providing resources, support, and community-building opportunities to LGBTQIA UO students.

 

WPATH:  The website for the international organization that sets professional standards of care for trans* and gender variant individuals also provides a variety of resources including provider searches.

 

Queer Eugene:  A website for LGBTQ community in the Eugene/Springfield area.  It provides resources, news, events, and business listings addressing the needs of LGBTQ individuals.

 

The Trevor Project:  This website provides forums, support, and suicide prevention/crisis intervention resources for LGBTQ youth and allies (ages 13-24).

 

TransMentors International:  A website for the non-profit organization providing aid, support, and community for Trans-identified individuals.

 

 

*The term Trans* is used here as shorthand and refers to the broader spectrum of transgender, gender fluid, gender queer, and gender variant individuals.