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Continuing Education

Effective Engagement with Trans & Gender Diverse Children & Youth

Date: 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT June 6 Location: Online


This free online workshop for GSEC graduate students needing professional development hours to meet practicum/internship requirements will draw from TransActive Gender Project’s extensive experience in working with transgender and gender diverse children, youth and their families. It will include information and methodologies useful to graduate students in multidisciplinary programs, but of specific interest to those in education and psychology tracks.

Using lecture, video and interactive engagement, this workshop will cover biological, cultural and societal influences on the development of gender identity and expression and the effectiveness of an affirming child rearing model of care. Through interactive breakout sessions, attendees will examine their own gender identity and gender expression development, opening the door to increased empathy for the experiences of trans and gender diverse people.

Examining current research, the workshop will also provide insight to the experiences of graduate students working with transgender and gender diverse kids in school and mental health placements, and ways in which to effectively serve those youth while dealing with institutional challenges that may exist.

Additionally, we will cover anti-transgender sources of disinformation, and how to delineate clinical and evidence-based guidance from ideological and bias-based messaging. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to better understand the difference between transgender, nonbinary, gender fluid, and gender nonconforming identity and expression.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be better prepared to:

  • Differentiate aspects of gender and sexual diversity – identity/expression/sexual orientation
  • Understand age-related developmental challenges that transgender students face
  • Model inclusive language and affirming support for gender diverse students within educational and mental health settings
  • Differentiate fact-based information and guidance from those driven by intolerant ideology

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Instructor: Jenn Burleton, Program Director, TransActive Gender Project

Free for GSEC graduate students needing professional development hours to meet practicum/internship requirements

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

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About the Presenter

Jenn Burleton is considered an authority and nationally recognized leader on issues relating to transgender and gender diverse children and youth. In addition to her work with TransActive Gender Project, she has served on Oregon Health & Science University’s Transgender Program Advisory Committee, and the LGBTQ Child Welfare Workgroup for Multnomah County. She was a 2014 recipient of Multnomah County’s “Sy Award” for lifetime commitment to social justice and has been recognized as a “Queer Hero” by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest.