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Beyond Gatekeeping and On To Resource-Giving: Creating Interdisciplinary Care for Transgender Children & Youth
Description: A key component of supporting transgender and gender expansive children, youth and families, is to see the child as respectfully gaining a full understanding of the nuances of an individuals' gender identity and how it fits into their unique goals of gender expression. In many cases this includes re-conceptualizing areas of the body that cause distress as well as re-claiming aspects of their sexuality in personalized ways. This work also includes supporting the youth's exploration into relationships, dating, physical intimacy and future parenting. In this workshop, participants will learn the foundations of gender identity development and care practices with transgender and gender expansive children and youth, the benefits and challenges to building an interdisciplinary model of care, and gain information on ways to advocate for youth and families in medical settings, schools, and communities.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: review current terms and definitions of gender in the context of working with youth;  identify the benefits/challenges of an interdisciplinary model; recognize gender development and how we can advocate for gender diverse youth in a medical context; discuss ways to advocate for youth in a school setting.