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Friday, July 25
 

9:30am

When Worlds Collide: Autism and Gender
There are many overlaps between the gender spectrum and the autism spectrum. This talk is focused on parents and family members and the challenges confronting the mental health care professional supporting them. Parents are trying to identify the right things to do for their child in the midst of great uncertainty, lack of knowledge and a lot of social pressure. Parents experience a great deal of ambivalence and confusion about how to parent their child who is on either of these spectrums. When a child is living along both of them there can be an immobilizing effect on the ability of the family to take action in either regard. This presentation will go over the research and anecdotal information and contextualize the research as well. It will also touch on the major controversy of whether to permit a child to transition if they are on the spectrum.

Speakers
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julie graham

julie graham is the Director of Transgender Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. (SFDPH). julie is a gender specialist who works exclusively with gender non-conforming, transgender and transsexual people.  julie is interested in preparation, information... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Dante 113 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Working Toward a Gender Affirming Assessment Tool
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. 

Speakers
avatar for Lisette Lahana

Lisette Lahana

Mental Health Clinician, Private Practice and Kaiser Permanente
Lisette Lahana, LCSW has a private practice in Oakland, California and is a clinician at the Kaiser Permanente Multi Specialty Transitions Dept and in the Adult Psychiatry Dept at Kaiser Permanente in Union City, California.  Licensed since 1999, she is a Gender Specialist who... Read More →
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Developmental and Clinical Psychologist, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Diane Ehrensaft 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. Along with her private practice, she is an attending psychologist at the Child and... 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... 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... 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

11:05am

The Socially Transitioning Family: Lessons from Mine and Theirs
This presentation will cover the multi-faceted wonders involved in identifying, understanding and taking care of gender-expansive children and their families, especially those who go through a social transition. Early social transitions are centered around the health and well-being of the child yet are a profound experience for everyone involved. With hopes of spreading the good news about kids who are supported to live authentically, Kelly shares her deep clinical experience in tandem with her ever-unfolding experiences as a mother of her own awesome gender-expansive child. Delivered with heart, humor and helpful insights, this conversation aims to help all of us understand the rich and profound experience of raising, transitioning, supporting, and championing these incredible kids and families.

Speakers
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Kelly Storck, LCSW

Kelly Storck, LCSW, has worked with gender-diverse clients for 10 years in her therapy and gender care practice. Along with this work, Kelly presents workshops and trainings on issues relevant to gender diversity and has served as a facilitator for a gender-diverse children's play... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:05am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Just a Girl, Just a Boy
"My child will not talk about anything transgender. She just wants to be a girl.” Integrating transgender experience into core self is an important element of development for transgender youth, and can be incredibly difficult when transgender identities are not celebrated in their social environments. This integration seems to be more challenging for those who are transitioning early in life. This workshop will present strategies for helping youth to include their transgender selves into their identities. Case examples will be presented for assistance in illuminating the pros and cons of the “just a girl, just a boy” phenomenon. We will discuss the importance of parent/caregiver language that celebrates transgender, and encourages youth to embrace this part of their experience.

Speakers
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, 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. Before moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Olson-Kennedy founded of the Community Counseling Program... Read More →
avatar for Susan P. Landon, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. For the past 12 years she has worked to provide the safe and welcoming space that gender non-conforming children and transgender youth need to explore their gender journey... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Medical Director, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy has been providing medical intervention for gender non-conforming and transgender youth and young adults for the past twelve years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Double board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Tough Cases: What We Are Learning (and didn’t learn in school)
Gender affirmative child gender programs have been up and running for some time now. Mental health professionals from three of these programs across the U.S. will each present for discussion one of their tough cases that challenge theoretical knowledge, clinical thinking, and/or assessment and direction of mental health interventions with gender-expansive children and their families. Using an advanced clinical case conference model, we will then invite the session participants to join with us in consultation about insights and recommendations for each of the three cases, with opportunities to make connections with their own challenging cases.

Speakers
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Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice and a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. For the past 10 years, Jean has provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. His expertise includes family and relationship... Read More →
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Developmental and Clinical Psychologist, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Diane Ehrensaft 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. Along with her private practice, she is an attending psychologist at the Child and... Read More →
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Amy Tishelman, PhD

Amy Tishelman, PhD is a clinical psychologist with expertise in gender and sexual development of youth, trauma and child maltreatment, and pediatric psychology. She is the Director of Clinical Research and a senior staff psychologist for the Disorders of Sexual Development-Gender... Read More →
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Randi Kaufman, PsyD

Randi Kaufman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who has been serving the transgender and gender-expansive community for over 15 years.  She was the founder and coordinator of the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health in Boston.  Currently she evaluates transgender and gender-expansive... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556