The University of New Hampshire Department of Professional Development and Training

And the New Hampshire Association of Pastoral Psychotherapists

Proudly Sponsor a Continuing Education Seminar Featuring

Paula Stone Williams


Shedding Light on the Issue Dividing our Nation,

Tormenting Clients, and Challenging Businesses

Date: Friday, May 12, 2023

Location:Doubletree Hotel Manchester, NH

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)


$199.00 registrations received before 4/1/23

$249.00 registrations received between 4/1/23- 5/1/23

$275.00 registrations received after 5/1/23 and onsite on 5/12/23

Please see Registration form for student fee Please contact the UNH PD&T registrar at or (603) 862-7380.Credit: 5 Ethics CEs

The Presenter

Rev. Dr. Paula Stone Williams is uniquely qualified to address this topic with mental health practitioners and corporate leaders.  A transgender woman who is a mental health professional, clergy person, and former CEO, she brings powerful insight, poignant perspective, and solid guidance regarding this timely concern.

Paula is an internationally known speaker on issues of gender equity, LGBTQ+ advocacy, and religious tolerance. Her TED talks have had over nine million views. As keynote speaker, Paula has addressed hundreds of corporations, conferences, churches, and universities around the world.  She has served as an adjunct university professor in the United States and Europe.

In addition to her role as educator and consultant, Paula has been CEO of a large religious nonprofit, editor-at-large of a nation-wide magazine, and host of a national television show. With her wide-ranging expertise, also informed by her doctoral thesis on the DiSC Personality Profile, she has led corporate boards and work teams to become more effective and productive.

Paula’s memoir, As A Woman – What I Learned About Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2021. She has written eight books, including She’s My Dad, co-authored with her son, Jonathan.

Seminar Description

Through lecture and ample Q&A time, this seminar will help participants understand and support transgender and LGBTQ+ employees, friends, and clients whose lives have been upended in our current political environment.

Part I   Learning About and Assisting Transgender Individuals

This “Transgender 101” session will answer questions about the transgender experience and provide practical tools needed to be an advocate for the community. The session will cover the following:

What does it mean to be transgender? What is the difference between gender identity and sexual identity? Is gender dysphoria genetic, pre-natal, or environmental, or are there multiple causes? Why is the number of transgender people increasing? How can advocates help make life better for those who are transgender?

Part II   Understanding Religion and the LGBTQ+ Community 

Many church leaders and members of conservative congregations in the U.S. continue to disseminate anti-trans misinformation and fuel political activism. That’s why focusing on this group is key. History shows that people can change their minds, but not unless new information is offered in non-threatening ways. This session will help participants learn to interact with religious individuals and communities in ways that can bring about positive societal change. Among the questions explored:

Why has the religious right become so vocal and politically active regarding trans issues? How did transgender adolescents become the political flashpoint they are today? What role does religion play in the current anti-trans rhetoric and the battle for LGBTQ+ rights? What is the best way to bridge the divide and constructively move forward?

Paula is an internationally known speaker on issues of gender equity, LGBTQ+ advocacy and religious tolerance.  Her TED talks have had over nine million views:

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