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Online Training – (NEW) Creatively Promoting Healthy Gender Identity Development with Children, Adolescents, and Young Adult

May 6 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169, 6 Diversity CEUs Presenter: Timothy Elliott, LCSW-C Zoom.com, MD + Google Map

Gender is everywhere – the movies we watch, the games we play, and the professions we adopt. These messages are all around us telling us what is expected when it comes to our gender. For young people who live outside society’s created pink and blue boxes, life becomes increasingly challenging. According to a 2019 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 2% of high school youth in America identify as transgender. Other studies report that transgender youth are at increased risk of victimization, significant mental health challenges, and increased suicidality. Mental health clinicians are uniquely positioned to support these young people and the systems around them.

This didactic workshop will provide mental health professionals with information and resources to better support their gender expansive clients. We will examine lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ) concepts and terminology through the lens of cultural humility. The workshop will highlight social and health disparities faced by gender expansive young people and examine specific supportive factors and concrete strategies clinicians can utilize to promote physical and emotional safety. We will explore the stages of gender identity development throughout childhood and apply concepts from the Gender Affirmative Model for assessing and treating gender expansive young people. This workshop will also provide an overview of resources for the professional, their gender expansive clients and families in helping all clients live their true and authentic selves. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and experiences in to this collaborative learning environment. Case studies and small group activities will be utilized. Time will be provided for discussion.

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain the differences between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex
  • Describe the stages of gender development and discuss the impact of non-affirming families and caregivers on gender expansive children
  • Discuss the Gender Affirmative Model of treatment and list 3 guiding principals when working with gender expansive young people
  • Identify 5 creative strategies for communicating affirmation and validation around a young person’s gender identity within the clinical space
  • Apply culturally-specific interventions during clinical assessments with gender expansive young people
  • Provide relevant resources for mental health clinicians, gender expansive clients and their families


8:45  – 10:30

  • Define sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, biological sex
  • Gender Identity Development Overview (Biological, Social, Cognitive Models)
  • Understanding Gender Dysphoria

10:30 – 10:40  BREAK

10:40 – 12:00 pm

  • Implicit Biases related to Gender Expression and Gender Identity
  • Risks & Supportive Factors
  • Impact of Family Support
  • D. Terminology overview

12:00 – 1:00  LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30

  • Establishing Rapport, Trust, and Caring of Gender Diverse Children and Families
  • Assessment utilizing the Gender Affirmative Model of Care
  • Developing the Gender Journey Framework

2:30 -2:40  BREAK

2:40 – 4:00

  • Building Internal and External Support Systems for Gender Diverse Youth People
  • Resources for Clients and Families
  • Resources for Clinicians
  • Q & A
Photo of a transgender boy