Gender In All Its Splendor: Working With Transgender And Gender Expansive Children And Youth


J (Jessie) Rose Cohen

J Rose Cohen

Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Speakers: J (Jessie) Rose Cohen LCSW and Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.

J. (Jessie) Rose Cohen LCSW (they/them/theirs), serves as Director of Community-based Clinical Services and Training and clinical social worker for the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center, Clinical Supervisor/Program Consultant for the SF LGBT Center and Faculty for the Palo Alto University LGBTQI Academy. J. is a founding member of the UCSF, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, Mind The Gap group and is also a Psychotherapist and Gender Consultant in Private Practice in the Bay Area. J. has been a trainer/consultant for Child Welfare Systems, school districts, public health systems and Non-Profit agencies nationally for over two decades. J. works from a trauma healing, anti-bias, gender affirmative, and family systems approach that aims to revision and decolonize systems to increase true healing potential.

Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist, associate professor of Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco, and Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.    She is author of The Gender Creative Child and Gender Born, Gender Made.   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. Dr. Ehrensaft is presently an investigator in two four-site NIH grants, studying effects of gender-affirming medical interventions in gender expansive/transgender youth and the developmental trajectories of prepubertal gender expansive children.  She is a founding member and senior clinician at A Home Within.

This workshop will focus on deepening understanding of gender expansive children and youth within the context of baseline gender development. In addition, we will address the unique needs of gender expansive children and youth within both their family systems and within the systems of care. Special attention will be paid to both navigating the systems involved when children are in out of home care (judicial, custodial) as well as adjusting to the current pandemic COVID-19 health crisis in service provision. Best practices and case illustration will be offered to illustrate the Gender Affirmative Model of care. Practical tools for creating institutional practices that foster “Gender Wellness” will also be offered.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will increase their understanding of gender identity, gender expression and gender development from early childhood through young adulthood.
  2. Participants will be introduced to the Gender Affirmative Model of Care and be able to apply to it work with children and youth.
  3. Participants will be able to better support and engage families and caregiving systems with gender expansive children and youth.
  4. Participants will increase awareness of how to navigate systems of care (judicial, custodial) in order to support mental health and when indicated transition needs (social, medical) for children and youth in out of home care.
  5. Participants will share strategies of how to best engage children and youth within a tele-health virtual service offering.
We're sorry, but A Home Within cannot currently offer CE credits to Psychologists for homestudy/asynchronous learning (i.e. watching our recordings at home). Psychologists can earn CE credits for attendance at live AHW CE events. We are working with APA to secure the necessary approval to again offer homestudy CEs to Psychologists beginning spring 2022.
LCSWs and MFTs can earn CE credits either by attending live events or watching the recordings at home.

These events are free, and registration is available up until 24 hours prior to the start of the event. There is no penalty for cancellations. Content level is suitable for working mental health professionals with advanced degrees. There will be no breaks during the programs.

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