Between Pink & Blue Combining Affirmative and Research Based Approaches to Gender Expansive and Transgender (GET) Youth and Their Families


This workshop will engage professionals on the multiple aspects and challenges involved in working with gender expansive pre-teens, transgender teenagers and their families. It will integrate the Multi-Dimensional Family Approach (MDFA) developed at the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project by Jean Malpas and the expertise on gender and sexual identity developed by Aron Janssen at NYU’s Gender & Sexuality Service. It will contextualize contemporary research-based approaches in contrast to the historical conceptualizations and clinical work with GET youth. In addition, this workshop will provide recent research on the diagnostic assessment, developmental trajectories of GET youth, gender identity development and psychosocial evidences related to family acceptance and rejection. Through case presentations and interactive discussions, presenters will highlight the specific issues related to working with gender expansive pre-teens and transgender teens, as well as youth presenting with both psychiatric conditions and gender dysphoria. While discussing the implementation of best practice guidelines developed for this population, the presenters will also share the ethical, medical and legal dilemmas involved in many cases. They will also explore the intersections of family identity, race, culture and language on the family dynamics and wellbeing of gender creative youth.

Aron Janssen, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in gender and sexual development.  He has presented nationally and internationally on gender variance/non-conformity in childhood and adolescence and teaches an undergraduate course at NYU on sexual development.  He has published work on gender non-conformity, including his most recent article in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry titled “A New Generation of Gender.” He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center and director of the NYU Gender and Sexuality Service.

Jean Malpas, LMFT, LMHC, is the director of the Gender & Family Project and of International Training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. He has presented nationally and internationally on issues of gender, sexuality, couple and family therapy and  has published several articles and chapters on his work with TGNC individuals, couples and families, including the article “Between Pink and Blue: A Multidimensional Approach to Gender Nonconforming Children and their Families.” He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of LGBT Family Studies and on the board of the American Family Therapy Academy as well as maintaining a private practice in New York City.

Date: Friday , November 20, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 5
CE Credits for NASW: 5

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

Under the New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 44G, subchapter 13:44G-6.4, New Jersey accepts New York State approved courses for CEU’s.

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If you are an Ackerman alumni or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department directly to register.

Damaly Ferreira
Phone: 212-879-4900 ext. 111