Gender Identity-Part One: What Everyone Needs to Know About Transgender and Non-Binary Youth

Friday, October 6, 2017
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sidney M. Trantham, Ph.D.

Transgender and gender non-conforming youth are increasingly coming to the attention of clinicians, social service agencies and school personnel. As such, it is essential that our work with these young people is guiding by sound knowledge and practices that are affirming and reflect the most current knowledge. This foundational training will provide a thorough overview of transgender identities including trans* and non-binary gender identities.  (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 the experience and development of gender identity.  This will include discussion of gender identity and gender identity development, the distinction between gender and sexuality, and gender-affirming approaches for supporting youth. School-related issues will also be discussed, with a focus on unique issues associated with secondary school and college experiences.

Please Note: This 2-part series covers the essential social, psychological and clinical aspects of gender identity. You are welcome to take either or both sessions. Part 1 will focus on the foundations needed to understand gender identity, gender development, terminology and the lived experience of transgender and non-binary youth.  Part 2 will focus on more advanced clinical issues including assessment, treatment, and client advocacy.

Following this training the participants will be able to:
•    Describe gender development and gender theory
•    Describe the variety of trans* identities and unique aspects of each      
•    Describe the role of clinicians as coordinators of care for transgender youth & their families    
•    Describe how to advocate for transgender youth in various settings    
•    List supportive practices that support an affirming treatment method
•    Describe the WPATH Standards of Care

Sidney M. Trantham, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences Division of Counseling & Psychology at Lesley University.  Dr. Trantham received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Florida (Gainesville).  His doctoral work focused on exploring the impact of early childhood sexual experiences on the psychological functioning of adult males.  He was a Harvard Clinical Fellow (1996 – 2000) at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he completed his clinical psychology internship and neuropsychological post-doctoral fellowships, as well as engaged in research identifying early cognitive markers of HIV-related dementia.  His work as a psychotherapist at Fenway Health (1999 – 2006) in Boston, Massachusetts included working with adults to address a variety of issues related to sexual identity development.  

In addition to his university appointment, Dr. Trantham maintains a private practice where he provides integrative psychological, neuropsychological, and gender assessment as well as psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Areas of clinical interest and expertise include working with gender variant and transgender children and adolescents, sexual and racial identity development, and mood disorders.   

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