Back To School: Trans-Spectrum Youth & Re-engagement Anxiety [Online]

07/29/2021 - 9:00am

Grade levels: All Grade Levels

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: Gender Diversity

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3 CEUs or PDUs

The year-long pandemic and it’s associated forms of isolation have left a profound impact on transgender, nonbinary and otherwise gender diverse youth in ways that go beyond the dangers of infection. The closure of in-person classrooms and schools has resulted in decreased access to social support for students, as well as the abrupt return to potentially unsupportive home environments. As hospitals remained overwhelmed combatting the COVID-19 virus, it resulted in delays in access to gender-affirming care for many.

This workshop will explore the ways in which children and youth embracing their identity and living openly in their truth, those in early stages of self-expression, and those living in unsupportive environments have all been uniquely impacted by social isolation. This workshop will also address associated concerns surrounding returning to physical school environments, and the impact it may have on them and their families.

Participants will engage in small group discussion on how to model and communicate the existence of safe and affirming spaces as they acclimate to more socially vibrant learning environments, and will leave more prepared to respond to the needs and concerns of transgender, nonbinary and otherwise gender diverse students.

Following this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of:

  • The mental health experiences of youth exploring and expressing their gender identity in affirming, but social isolated circumstances
  • How the delivery of pediatric trans-spectrum healthcare was impacted by the pandemic, and how this affected youth on the cusp of (or currently receiving) treatment
  • How social isolation in non-affirming environments may have affected gender diverse children and youth and how that will impact their return to PK-12 schooling

Details & Registration Date and Time: Thursday, July 29, 2021. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Presenter: Jenn Burleton, Program Director, TransActive Gender Project Cost: $60. Alumni, Adjunct Faculty and School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. $20 student rate. Free for Lewis & Clark Clinical Supervisors and Staff (limited spots available).


About the Presenter 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.