Affirming Gender Self-Determination
Can we truly know the gender of children before they themselves tell us who they are? If so, how should parents be raising children in an era of gender self-determination? For the first time, transgender youth are challenging us to reexamine notions of gender and parenting, and calling on therapists to help facilitate their transitions. In this workshop, we’ll explore affirming and family-inclusive clinical approaches that are key to helping clients avoid the self-harm, homelessness, and mental health issues that too often plague unsupported transgender youth. You’ll discover how to:
- Master gender-affirming language and implement the latest best practices with gender noncomforming youth, such as pronouns use and identity definition
- Use empathy-based and interpersonal interventions in session to help families go from a place of rejection to acceptance
- Differentiate gender fluidity from persistent transgender identity with young children and adolescents
- 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, LMHC, LMFT, is the director of international training at the Ackerman Institute, the founder and director of the Gender & Family Project, and a psychotherapist in private practice. His TEDx Talk is “The Gift of Gender Authenticity.”