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Takoto:
Hey all!

So a few weeks ago I got a letter inviting me to a "workshop" at Charing Cross. I don't personally know anyone whose gone to one of these things, so I was wondering if anyone had any details on what they entail?

I ask because, on the one hand I do really want to go, any contact with CX feels like a blessing after a three year wait of them losing my referrals... twice; however I have very little money (or more... I'm into my overdraft) and if the workshop is going to not be helpful, I'd rather call up and say I cannot attend.

I've done a Google search and looked in trans groups I'm on, on Facebook, but no one seems to ever mention what this workshop is all about. It's about 4 hours long so it must be something...

paula lesley:
Hello, Takoto.


Hope you go to it. Sounds good.


Paula, <3 X.

Elis:
Another trans person wrote the same post. The people who answered said it was a tour of the building  where you got to meet the doctors and therapists. Hope I helped. Good luck:)

StartingOver:
One would hope that it's not a compulsory step in the process, but rather an extra service the clinic offers to prospective patients (although why it spends its resources on this still eludes me; it's not like non-transsexuals will show up on spec and say, "Yeah, you know what, this looks fun.  I think I'm gonna become a transsexual."  People showing up are most likely to be desperate to get started in the process and will probably have done their research beforehand.  But whatever.)  If they have basic information to share, then how about they just put it up on their web site?

Not even sure it's a "show up to show you're still interested" kind of event either, nor that you need to send apologies if you can't make it.  I'd read the fine print; with luck, it's simply a voluntary workshop and nothing more.  If non-attendance (unexcused) is somehow deemed that you're showing you're no longer interested in their services, then I'd go.

But yeah, just speculating here.  I've heard rumors about these clinics, but don't know any details whatsoever.

chuufk:

--- Quote from: Takoto on September 17, 2015, 05:35:35 am ---I've done a Google search and looked in trans groups I'm on, on Facebook, but no one seems to ever mention what this workshop is all about. It's about 4 hours long so it must be something...

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I attended CHX, but not these workshops. They were introduced after I was done down there. Nonetheless I personally know people who have been to the workshops. They are to introduce you to the building, the staff, the process, what you can expect and to allow you to ask any questions that you have.

It means that when you turn up for your first actual appointment it will be a bit less daunting and you will have a much better idea of what is going on.

There is a lot of "information" out on the net about CHX and about 95% is either complete bull***t or written by people with an axe to grind. This gives you a chance to get the correct information directly from the clinicians. My first appointment was with James Barrett. Google him and all you will find is that he is the devil incarnate and a complete and utter so-and-so. I was quaking when I met him and he turned out to be OK - forthright and quite direct but OK and very business like. He did strike me as someone who did not suffer fools gladly so I would imagine that people who try to mess him about get a bad time.

CHX is not the hell-hole it is painted as. Most people I know who have been there have no complaints except for the back-office admin. That *is* a shambles so deal with the front-office staff and the clinicians as much as possible.

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