This workshop will focus on deepening understanding of gender expansive children and youth within the context of the gender affirmative model of care and address the unique needs of gender expansive children and youth with mental health challenges. Special attention will be paid to the distinction between gender dysphoria, adolescent development, trans identity and mental health conditions. Best practices and case illustration will be offered.
- Discuss mental health challenges unique to transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming children and youth
- Explain how to respond to mental health challenges from a gender affirming standpoint
- Discuss how to address all needs for a child/youth including supporting gender transition when indicated in the presence of mental health challenges
- Describe how to support family members/caregiving systems.
Jessie (they/them/theirs), is a Trans-Nonbinary identified clinician who has worked with children, youth, families and adults for over two decades. Trained at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, J. serves as Director of Community-based Clinical Services and Training for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC), Program Consultant/Clinical Supervisor for the SFLGBT Center, Group Consultant/Guest Lecturer for the Palo Alto University, LGBTQI+ Academy, and as a Psychotherapist and Gender Consultant in Private Practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. J. co-authored “Affirming and Inclusive mental health care for transgender and nonbinary young people (Kattari, et. Al, 2020) and “Working with TGNC Primary Caregivers and Family Concerns Across the Lifespan” (Singh and Dickey, 2017). J. provides consultation and training nationally on gender competence including child welfare, schools, institutions and agencies. J. is a founding member of the UCSF, CAGC Mind The Gap group. J. has served on surgery review boards, designed multispecialty clinics and worked with hundreds of children/youth and families in gender affirming care. J. works from a trauma healing, anti-bias, family systems and gender affirming framework and is dedicated to interrupting practices that do not serve all people. Contact: https://www.jessierosecohen.com/