During this 3-hour workshop, Samantha King, MSW, M.Ed., will help clinicians build their foundation of understanding and working with gender expansive clients. Clinicians will increase their knowledge on language and terminology related to sex, gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation. In order to support clients of all ages, gender emergence will be highlighted throughout the lifespan so that clinicians can engage in these discussion regardless of the age of their client. Finally, the workshop will highlight strategies for creating inclusive and affirming environments for transgender and gender expansive individuals. Although virtual, there will be allotted time for small group discussion and open Q&A.
CE Learning Objectives
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Describe and define the difference between sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation
2. Review stages of gender identity development for children, adolescents, and adults
3. Discuss strategies for creating safe and affirming therapeutic environments for clients
Samantha King, MSW, M.Ed., (she/her) is the manager of education initiatives at the Gender and Sexuality Development Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Through this role, Samantha provides direct resources to families and supports transgender and gender expansive youth in school and community settings. She collaborates with providers to raise their awareness of gender identity and works to improve gender inclusivity through trainings and policy support. Additionally, she provides direct support to parents/guardians/extended family members through one-on-one educational sessions and at the monthly support group.
This presentation is intended for licensed mental health professionals and advanced graduate student trainees seeking licensure and with some clinical experience. The instructional level of this presentation is beginner.
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