Transgender Mental Health

Des Moines, IA US
April 2, 2018


There is no cost to attend.

Two attendance options:

  • Des Moines University - No registration necessary.
  • Online - click here

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals and the general public.

Information regarding the other presentations can be found below. 


  • List some of the reasons why individuals who identify as transgender tend to experience higher rates of mental health issues than the general population.
  • Describe the role of the behavioral health care provider in caring for transgender patients and how to effectively assess and advise patients.
  • Discuss good mental health clinical practices and how to create an inclusive and affirming health care environment for transgender patients.


Joby Holcomb, LMHC, CADC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, received his Master’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Joby has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings including Psychiatric Medical Institutes for Children, outpatient substance abuse treatment and private practice mental health.  In 2016, Joby and two of his colleagues opened Synergy Clinical Services, an outpatient mental health and psychiatric clinic that specializes in working with the LGBTQ community.  Joby currently serves on the board of directors for One Iowa, is a member of the LGBT Advisory Council for the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Coalition and participates on an advisory board for New Beginnings Counseling Service. Joby has conducted multiple trainings statewide for the Eychaner Foundation, One Iowa, Iowa Safe Schools, the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association and various schools on topics and issues impacting the LGBTQ community. Full biography. 

Jennifer A. Vencill, PhD is an assistant professor, licensed psychologist, and Coordinator of the Relationship & Sex Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Program in Human Sexuality. Her research interests include health disparities and minority stress in marginalized sexual and gender communities, mixed orientation relationships, and sexual health. Dr. Vencill’s clinical work has included psychotherapy and assessment experience in community clinics, university counseling centers, and both inpatient and outpatient medical settings. Her clinical interests include sexual health and functioning, gender and sexual identity development, couples/relationship concerns, alternative relationship models, LGBTQ sexual health, and sexual trauma/abuse recovery. Dr. Vencill sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Sexuality and is past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women’s Section on Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University and was the first Michael E. Metz Postdoctoral Fellow in Couples' Sexual Health at the University of Minnesota. Full biography. 

G. Nic Rider, PhD is the inaugural Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality and affiliated with the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health. Dr. Rider provides clinical services to adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Rider has professional interests in the areas of gender and sexual identity development, intersections of identities, discrimination and microaggressions, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and social justice advocacy. Dr. Rider is on a NIH-funded grant examining health needs and risk and protective factors of transgender and gender diverse adolescents. Dr. Rider is Co-Chair of the Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on LGBTQQ Issues and participates in other regional and national committees consulting and advocating for issues relevant to LGBTQ individuals, particularly those of color. Dr. Rider received their PhD in Counseling Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Full biography. 

Rachel Eliason is a local author and speaker. Her day job is a night job, and that job is nursing. She's worked in acute mental health for over twenty years here in Central Iowa. Rachel's writing spans many genres, ranging from a stint as a columnist for the Access-line Iowa to her current obsession with science fiction and fantasy, which she publishes under her initials R. J. Eliason. She has spoken about transgender issues and her own personal experiences with transitioning for many groups locally. She's even recounted her trip to Thailand for reassignment surgery in her recent autobiography, The Agony, The Ecstasy and the Buddha. 

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, the speakers indicated they no financial relationships to disclose

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/02/2018 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/02/2018 - 1:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center Lecture Hall 3
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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