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Understanding Gender Identity: Working with Transgender & Gender Queer Youth

  • Courtyard Marriott 75 Felton St Marlborough, MA, 01752 United States (map)

Presenter: Sidney Trantham, Ph.D.

This training will provide an overview of transgender identities including trans*, gender non-conforming, gender queer and gender fluid identifies (Trans* is a common shorthand to refer to the umbrella term that encompasses the wide range and variation of gender identity, gender expression and those with fluid gender boundaries). Emphasis will be made on exploring issues related to working with transgender children, adolescents and their families.  This will include discussion of gender identity and gender identity development, the role of the mental health counselor in working with trans* youth and their families, and best practices.  School-related issues will also be discussed, with a focus on unique issues associated with secondary school and college experiences. 

A major aspect of the training will be to discuss current theories and practices related to working with transgender youth and their families.  Review of gender identity development and theory will be provided, along with current clinical practice in working with transgender youth (e.g., gender assessment, coordinator role, support letters, etc.) The training will also discuss how substance use is a possible coping strategy by trans* youth.

Following this training, participants will understand:

  1. The variety of trans* identities and unique aspects of each 
  2. The role of mental health clinicians as coordinators of care for transgender youth & their families
  3. How to advocate for transgender youth in various settings