Popular interest in gender identity (transgender) issues has exploded in the last several years. More youth can connect with peers via social media, parents have trans-specific support groups, and once-controversial medical interventions are finding emergent empirical support. However, many school-age children and adolescents still face substantial psychosocial risks in the very spaces that are tasked with nurturing their development. This workshop focuses on how school psychologists support healthy gender development through individual and systemic intervention.
This session will help participants
1. use culturally competent language related to gender identity and expression;
2. translate foundational psychological concepts and empirical research related to gender development in school-age children and adolescents for a range of audiences (e.g., parents, teachers, students);
3. connect youth with resources and interventions to support exploration and expression of gender; and
4. identify at least two strategies from guidelines and standards (e.g., the NASP Practice Model) that can support healthy school climates for students across diverse gender identities and expressions.