Gender Identity Part Two:A Clinicians Guide to Assessment and Treatment With Transgender and Non-Binary Youth

Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Gender Identity- Part Two
A Clinicians Guide to Assessment and Treatment With Transgender and Non-Binary Youth
Sidney Trantham, Ph.D.

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.

In recent years, transgender people are increasingly recognized and accepted by our society. These advances are seen in progressive policies that seek to promote acceptance while limiting stigma and isolation. Despite these positive advances, transgender youth often face severe social difficulties and even violence. These experiences place transgender youth at increased risk for anxiety, isolation, school avoidance, substance abuse, self-injury, depression and suicide.

It is clear that this population has unique clinical needs and those needs are best met with approaches that are informed by the most current standards of practice.

This training will discuss current assessment and treatment for the common mental health issues encountered when working with transgender and non-binary youth and their families.  This will include discussion of counseling intake assessment techniques, mental health counseling approaches, understanding and addressing transphobia, and the role of the mental health counselor in working with trans* youth and their families.

Following this training the participants will be able to:

  • Effectively assess gender history of clients   
  • List and describe effective strategies for working with transgender & non-binary youth and families            
  • Describe cisgender privilege and transphobia
  • List and demonstrate clinical intervention strategies to assess and address gender dysphoria
  • List and demonstrate clinical intervention strategies to enhance individual’s identity development

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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