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Friday, July 25 • 9:30am - 10:55am
Working Toward a Gender Affirming Assessment Tool

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The Child and Adolescent Gender Center-Mind the Gap Mental Health Collaborative has pulled together a team dedicated to developing gender affirmative mental health assessment protocols for children, youth, and their families with the goals of 1) transcending a binary model and replacing it with assessment tools that reflect the multiplicity and diversity of gender; and 2) facilitating open communication and improving collaboration with children, families, and allied professionals in treatment planning. Our team has created new and updated existing gender-focused interview questions, developed assessment protocols, and compiled suggested tools that may be helpful in gathering information about 1) your client's gender identity and gender expressions; 2) relationship to their body and their social, familial and cultural experience of gender; and 3) levels of support in the family and social environment.  Our session will first present our working model and tools and then invite the participants to discuss and give the team input and feedback on this complex and delicate, yet much needed, assessment development process. 

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Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Joy Johnson, PsyD

Joy L. Johnson, PsyD is a bilingual child and family psychotherapist. Dr. Johnson is an active member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center’s Mind the Gap Consortium and has been an integral contributor to the development of the Center’s gender affirmative youth assessment guidelines and protocols. She practices in Hayward with La Familia Counseling Service. Working with gender non-conforming children and families from a gender... Read More →
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Lisette Lahana, LCSW

Lisette Lahana, LCSW has a private practice in Oakland, California and is a clinician at Kaiser Permanente in Union City, California.  Licensed since 1999, she is a Gender Specialist who works with transgender and gender-expansive teens, adults and their families.  She provides clinical trainings on developing advanced skills for working with trans* clients.  She currently runs consultation groups... Read More →
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Shane Hill PhD

Shane Hill, PhD is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California.  He specializes in family and child therapy, couples therapy and gender identity.  He founded the Santa Cruz Trans Therapist Team and co-founded the Santa Cruz Trans Parent Support Group for parents with Trans* youth. He has also worked as the clinical director at Youth Services (non-profit for at-risk youth) and a clinical supervisor for Santa... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

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