Clinical Skills Working with Gender Nonconforming Children and Transgender Youth
Arlene Istar Lev, L.C.S.W.-R., C.A.S.A.C.



This workshop is an overview of gender identity development in children and youth, focusing on assessment of gender nonconformity in children, and transgender and transsexual identity in adolescence. We will example the available treatment options for pre-pubescent and adolescent children, including the use of hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones. Gender diversity and expression is viewed as a normative process of identity development, albeit a challenging one within rigid socio-cultural environment. The focus is systemic in examining the role of family members, service providers, and educational institutions. Attention will be paid to the newly released Standards of Care developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health will be reviewed.