MIRRORING AND THE TRUE GENDER SELF:
Tools for Understanding the Transgender and Gender Expansive Child
This is a pivotal time for psychoanalysis to re-tool itself and offer both comprehension and best care to children and youth who experience and express themselves outside our normative gender structures. Dr. Ehrensaft will present the interdisciplinary gender affirmative model of care developed collectively by experts at four major U.S. pediatric gender clinics, including UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, where she is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center.
Using clinical material from clinic patients, this course will demonstrate how the tools of psychoanalysis can be linked to the rubrics of the gender-affirmative model to provide optimal care for gender expansive and transgender children and youth, along with their families. Participants will discuss experiences in their own clinical practices and critique the gender affirmative-model as to its potential strengths and weaknesses in providing in-depth psychoanalytically informed treatment of children and youth.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the major rubrics of the gender affirmative model.
- Apply information about medical gender-affirming interventions in the psychological treatment of gender expansive children and youth.
- Utilize the tools of psychoanalytic practice with the guidelines of the gender affirmative model in providing psychological care to gender expansive children and youth.
- Demonstrate skills in differentiating gender as a core issue from gender as a symptom of a non-gender underlying psychological issue.
- Explain gender in multiple rather than binary categories.
- Ehrensaft, D., Giammattei, S.V., Keo-Meier, C., Storck, K. Tishelman, A. (2018). Prepubertal social gender transitions: What we know; what we can learn—A view from a gender afﬁrmative lens. International Journal of Transgenderism, DOI: 10.1080/15532739.2017.1414649
- Turban, J.L., Ehrensaft, D. (2017). Research Review: Gender identity in youth: treatment paradigms and controversies. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12833.
- Hidalgo, M.A., Ehrensaft, D. Tishelman, A.C., Clark, L.F., Garofalo, R., Rosenthal, S.M., Spack, N.P., & Olson, J. (2013). The gender affirmative model: what we know and what we aim to learn. Human Development, 56: 285-290.
Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D., is a developmental and clinical psychologist, associate professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, and Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, training, and consultation related to gender expansive children, and publishes and lectures both nationally and internationally on this topic.
This intermediate course is for mental health professionals with moderate to extensive experience in clinical work with the transgender population and some background in the principles of psychoanalytic approaches.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.