A speech and voice training program for adults who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are living at least part-time as women
Changing Keys is an intensive speech and voice training program, which is offered in a group format, for adults age 19 and up. It consists of a private speech/voice evaluation, a pre-therapy vocal conditioning program which is completed while participants wait for the next session, and the group therapy program itself. The Changing Keys’ sessions run for 7 weeks and are held twice a year at Three Bridges Community Health Centre in downtown Vancouver. Classes run from 4:30 to 6:30 on Monday nights. Assessments are ongoing and will generally take place every few months.
Please look carefully at the following requirements before committing to participate. If you would like to be considered for a future group but cannot commit right now, please feel free to sign up. We will keep your name on the list and contact you for the next group.
- You must commit to attending all classes and doing intensive practice. The voice training usually involves two 15 min practice sessions per day in addition to utilizing your voice in everyday circumstances. It’s a big commitment, so make sure this is the right time in your life to do this. You can always defer your acceptance into the next program offering if the current timeframe does not work for you. There is a high demand for the Changing Keys program. To be fair to people on the waiting list, you will not be allowed to repeat the program if you miss sessions, except in cases of illness or sudden emergency.
- To benefit most from this training, we strongly advise living at least part time as female because this gives you practice opportunities in everyday circumstances. This provides you with time and various situations to try things out and to practice and develop confidence. Online chat and phone conversations can be useful, but are not enough on their own.
Vancouver: Fall, 2015, TBA
Submit your application to the Transgender Health Information Program (not Shelagh Davies) via email, fax, snail mail, or by dropping it off at the address below.
CLICK HERE to download registration form
Transgender Health Information Program of BC - Vancouver Coastal Health
301-1290 Hornby Street
Vancouver BC., V6Z 1W2
Toll Free: 1-866-999-1514