324 The Gender Nonconforming Child

Jean Malpas  • Friday Afternoon

Jean MalpasOur society is becoming more aware of children who don’t neatly fit into typical male/female gender categories and need family support to meet the daily challenges they face. However, even the most supportive parents can feel isolated or confused when helping a child cope with gender fluidity. This workshop will provide a model for promoting acceptance and positive support for every member of the family.

You’ll leave better equipped to:

  • Help parents understand the roles of neuroanatomy, biology, and environment in the development of gender identity
  • Increase awareness of the range of outcomes possible for gender nonconforming children and the potential interpersonal impact of each
  • Provide practical information about available support, including hormone-blocking treatment and other gender-related treatments, gender reassignment surgery, and psychological support groups and online communities

Jean Malpas, LMFT, LMHC, is the director of the Gender & Family Project and director of international training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.


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