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Continuing Education

[Online] Understanding Healthcare Barriers for Transgender Youth

Date: 9:00am PST February 19, 2021 Location: Online


Effectively serving the healthcare needs of transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse children, adolescents and teens requires an understanding of the complex family, education, societal, legal and intersectional dynamics that impact their caregivers’ informed consent decision making process.

This online two-day workshop will provide guidance on clinical best practice and holistic patient care. The workshop co-presenters possess years of direct experience in working with this patient population in the fields of social work, mental health, pediatric endocrinology and community-based education, advocacy and support.

In addition to learning about specific practice and treatment protocols and guidelines, workshop attendees will engage in directed and free-flowing conversation with a panel of providers, caregivers and youth.

Following this workshop, participants will:

  • Have deeper understanding of how an Informed Consent model of care is both effective and necessary when working with transgender children, youth and families
  • Be more prepared to expand their field(s) of practice to include trans-spectrum minors and families
  • Better understand insurance barriers patients and their families may encounter with regard to trans-specific health coverage
  • Be able to discern evidence-based information and guidance about the benefits of affirming social gender transition and healthcare from the disinformation being distributed on social media, broadcast and print platforms

Workshop presenters include:

  • Jenn Burleton, Program Director, TransActive Gender Project
  • Jess Guerriero, MA, MSW, Client Care Coordinator, OHSU Transgender Health Program
  • Amy Penkin, MSW, LCSW, Program Supervisor, OHSU Transgender Health Program
  • Karin Selva, MD, Board Certified Pediatric Endocrinologist, Randall Children’s Hospital

Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday-Saturday, February 19-20, 2021, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: $125 by 1/20, $150 after. Includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Alumni, Lewis & Clark School-based Mentors and Supervisors, and Adjunct Faculty save 20%. Free for Lewis & Clark Clinical Supervisors, Staff and Faculty Students: $30 

Online registration for this workshop closes Friday, February 12th

Online Registration Coming Soon

  • 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: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Presenters

Jenn Burleton is considered an authority and nationally recognized leader on issues relating to transgender and gender diverse children and youth. Prior to her position as Program Director of the TransActive Gender Project at Lewis & Clark College, Jenn Burleton has guided development of teaching tools that have defined and expanded understanding of how gender identity develops, is experienced and expressed.


Jess Guerriero, MA, MSW is a social worker with a second graduate degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College. While at Simmons, Jess focused their work on a thesis that argued for the expansion of transgender health coverage and the movement toward therapists as partners, rather than gatekeepers, in the transition process.


Amy Penkin, MSW, LCSW joined Oregon Health & Science University in January 2015 as the Program Coordinator for the newly launched Transgender Health Program. Since 2005 she has been responsible for program/policy development, grant writing and clinical supervision for social workers seeking licensure, and program management. Amy has a history of providing and overseeing care for the LGBTQ community and is dedicated to promoting health equity for those and other underserved populations experiencing health disparities.


Karin A. Selva, MD is a Board Certified pediatric endocrinologist in Portland, Oregon and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. She has been in practice for more than 20 years and directs the pediatric gender clinic (T-Clinic) at Randall Children’s hospital and is considered a national expert in endocrine cage for transgender and nonbinary adolescents and teens.

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