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  • Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • 0852-000105 SOCIAL TRANSITION AND SYSTEMIC CLINICAL CARE OF PRE-PUBERTAL TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NON-CONFORMING CHILDREN

    February 03, 2017 1:30 PM - February 03, 2017 3:00 PM

    Centennial Hall B

    • Randi Kaufman, PsyD ;
    • Elizabeth Glaeser, B.S. ;
    • Laura Edwards-Leeper, PhD ;
    • Amy Tishelman, PhD ;
    • Seth Pardo, PhD ;
    • Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD; MS
    Mini-Symposium Outline: This panel will contribute to the dearth of information on pre-pubertal transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) children, and will help improve and hone best practices by examining social transition, which is sometimes considered controversial for young children.  Although many young children socially transition as a first step in gender change, there remains a paucity of information about social transition as treatment, and the impact on the TGNC child, family and social and cultural communities they comprise.  We will review the literature regarding standards of care already in place for TGNC children, and identify gaps that need to be addressed, including practices for evaluating appropriateness and readiness for social transition. We will present clinical case examples from gender clinics serving youth, ages 3 through Tanner 2, highlighting variability in child presentation and family dynamics.  We will discuss associated clinical dilemmas in guiding families when optimal choices are not always clear.  We will highlight the importance of working systemically with the child's family and school, as well as other community organizations in the child's environment, accounting for cultural factors as well.  To demonstrate that social transition is a main treatment intervention, we will present demographic data from the TransYouth Family Allies research group on a sample of parents with youth who have socially transitioned.  In addition we will present a Social Transition Scale that we have developed at The Gender & Family Project of the Ackerman Institute of New York to begin to gather some quantitative data on social transition.  It will also identify critical areas for clinical research, in order to continue moving the field towards increasingly sophisticated, individually-tailored and evidence-based care.
    Category: Mental Health: Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Counseling-- Adult