226 – The Gender Nonconforming Child

A Family Approach
Jean Malpas

Therapists working with the families of transgender and gender-expansive youth (TGEY) are facing questions for which there are no easy answers. What’s the best way to respond when parents of a transgender teenager refuse to give access to hormone therapy? Or when the parents of an 8-year-old gender nonconforming child disagree on whether they should consider changing their child’s pronoun and name in school? As therapists, we often witness the devastating impact of family rejection on TGEY teenagers as well as the overprotectiveness of concerned caregivers. In this workshop, you’ll explore how to:

  • Differentiate gender fluidity from persistent transgender identity with young children and adolescents
  • Create a collaborative family plan that includes siblings, grandparents, and family friends to establish the safety of the TGEY young person
  • Engage teachers and other important community members to ensure clients aren’t isolated and at risk for suicide or other social complications


Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.

Jean Malpas, LMFT, LMHC, is the director of the Gender Family Project and director of international training at Ackerman Institute for the Family.

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