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Shifting Families Toward Acceptance & Connection: Strategies for helping when youth come out as transgender or non-binary

  • First Parish Church 50 Church Street Waltham, MA, 02452 United States (map)

Presenter: Melissa MacNish, LMHC

When a youth comes out as transgender and/or expresses a non-binary gender identity it can cause stress and even turmoil within the family system.  Considering the vulnerabilities of trans and non-binary youth, it is critical for therapists to have a sophisticated understanding of gender identity/expression. It is also essential to have a solid framework to hold the work to support both youth and their families. Whether parents are experiencing a sense of loss, are struggling with personal and/or religious beliefs, or unsure what comes next, therapists can be crucial to the process of moving forward towards understanding and acceptance.

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