Comprehensive Approach to the Care of Gender Non-Conforming Children, Transgender Youth and Young Adults; a 2-Day educational symposium for professionals
Gender dysphoria is best understood as the ongoing distress about the incongruence between ones assigned sex and ones internal gender identity. This ongoing distress frequently results in impairment of function. In order to help alleviate this distress, many transgender youth require physical changes to their bodies in order to bring them into closer alignment with their internal gender identity. Unfortunately, access to competent mental health and medical care for those youth desiring gender transition is still extremely rare, and often inadequate in most places around the United States. This program is a comprehensive, two day symposium designed for professionals interested in providing sensitive and competent mental health and medical care for gender non-conforming children, transgender youth and young adults. While primarily didactic in presentation, this symposium also includes case studies, and audience activities designed to highlight the challenges of caring for this population, and improve understanding of their needs.
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, LCSW is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides psychotherapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, adults and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, Aydin brings a dual perspective into his work. He has spoken around the country for the past two decades about the importance of rights for gender non-conforming and transgender and individuals, with emphasis on identifying and acknowledging domains of privilege.
Susan Landon, MA, LMFT, is the director of the Child and Adolescent Center at the Los Angeles Gender Center. Ms. Landon has been providing mental health services for children, adolescents and their families for 25 yrs, and for transgender individuals for the past 10 years. She has also spoken around the country about the importance of competent mental health providers in this field. She is an expert in child development, with extensive experience assisting youth and young adults through gender transition.
With Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy
Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, has been providing medical intervention for gender non-conforming and transgender youth and young adults including puberty suppression and cross sex hormones for the past nine years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Double Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, as well as spearheading a robust research program with transgender youth, she brings cutting edge knowledge to the field. Dr. Olson-Kennedy is the Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States. Dr. Olson-Kennedy has appeared frequently on national television, and spoken all over the country to educate the public about the needs of transgender youth.
For those seeking continuing education credits, please see specific pricing
Medical Providers: 13 Continuing Medical Education credits are available
Mental Health Professionals: 13 Continuing Education credits are available
* All portions of the training must be attended to receive credit. No partial credit will be awarded. Training breaks and lunch hour will not be included in credit hours. Participants must signin and sign out at the beginning and end of the day and also at the beginning and end of the lunch hour.
The presentational method for this activity will be Case Presentation with Learner Participation and Lecture with Q&A session. This activity is geared to meet the educational requirements of all medical and mental health physicians. This activity will encompass the following desirable physician attributes: Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, and Professionalism.
As to meet the distinct standards for each of our continuing education accrediting bodies, separate learning objectives are listed for mental health and medical professionals.
Continuing Medical Education credits for medical professionals
Desired Outcomes for medical professionals: At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of gender development in childhood, and define the domains of bio psychosexual development
2. Demonstrate an ability to identify gender non-conforming children (GNC)
3. Recognize cisgender privilege, and demonstrate an understanding of how it affects GNC youth.
4. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of pubertal suppression medication in Pubertal GNC youth
5. Describe developmental tasks of adolescents and how these differ for transgender youth, and explain the importance of early mental health and medical treatment for transgender youth
6. Describe the history of medical standards for treatment of gender dysphoria, discuss the less obvious ways gender dysphoria can present, and explain tangible clinical practices for cultural competency and advocacy in office settings where care for transgender youth will be undertaken
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint providership of CME Consultants and Transyouth Care. CME Consultants is accredited by the IMQ/CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CME Consultants designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing education for mental health professionals:
CE's are provided by the Los Angeles Gender Center
The Los Angeles Gender Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LAGC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
Educational Level: Introductory- intermediate
Desired Outcomes for mental health professionals: At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:
Goal 1. Participants will define the domains of bio psychosexual development.
Objective 1. Participants will be able to describe the differences between assigned sex at birth, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
Goal 2. Participants will demonstrate an ability to identify gender nonconforming children (GNC).
Objective 2. Participants will be able to identify 2 possible characteristics and/or behaviors of gender nonconformity in childhood, which one might recognize when assessing a child for gender nonconformity in their clinical practice.
Goal 3. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the role of pubertal suppression medication in Pubertal GNC/youth.
Objective 3. Participants will be able to identify 2 benefits of the use of puberty suppression medications in Pubertal GNC/youth. Participants will be able to identify 2 risk factors of the use of puberty suppression medications in Pubertal GNC/youth.
Goal 4. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the developmental tasks of adolescents and how these differ for transgender youth.
Objective 4. Participants will be able to identify 2 distinct struggles transgender youth may experience when compared to their cisgender peers.
Goal 5. Participants will demonstrate and ability to identify symptoms of gender dysphoria in transgender adolescents.
Objective 5. Participants will be able to identify 3 possible characteristics and/or symptoms of gender dysphoria in adolescence, which one might recognize when assessing an adolescent for gender dysphoria in their clinical practice.
Goal 6. Participants will explain the importance of early mental health and medical treatment for transgender youth.
Objective 4. Participants will be able to explain 2 qualitative reasons why early mental health treatment for GNC and transgender youth is beneficial. Participants will be able to identify 2 benefits of early medical intervention for transgender youth.
Goal 7. Participants will explain tangible clinical practices for cultural competency and advocacy in office settings where care for transgender youth will be undertaken.
Objective 7. Participants will be able identify 2 ways they can improve/change their office/clinic settings to be more inclusive of the needs of GNC and transgender youth.
Goal 8. Participants will recognize cisgender privilege, and demonstrate an understanding of how it affects GNC youth.
Objective 8. Participants will be able to explain 2 examples of cisgender privilege. Participants will be able to further identify how a lack of these privileges could affect the social and emotional functioning of their GN and transgender clients.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability (ADA), please call Transyouth Care at (818) 850-2029 should you require special assistance.
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