I am available for presentations on topics related to:
Understanding transgender identities
Clinical services for LGBT teens and adults and their families
Helping parents understand and support transgender teens
Seminars for mental health professionals, educators, attorneys, health care professionals and social service providers.
In March of 2017 I was interviewed on BCTV the day before presenting a training to over 100 mental health clinicians at Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont. Watch the interview here.
To discuss presentations, contact me
Transgender Teens and Adults: Evaluation and Transition
July 9, Sept. 10 and Nov. 19, 2015; Feb. 25 and Sept. 12, 2016: STEP Program, UConn School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT.
Transgender Youth: Evaluation and Family Therapy
Mar. 24, 2017, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, VT.
Nov. 1, 2012, July 12, 2013 and Aug. 7, 2014; Feb. 26 and Sept. 13, 2016: STEP Program, UConn School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT.
Enfield Public Schools; Berlin Public Schools; Quinnipiac University; New Canaan Public Schools; New Directions School, Northampton, MA; Amistad Academy, New Haven, CT; Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT; East Lyme High School.
Mental Health presentations
Adoption Assistance Program, UConn Health; Transgender Lives Conference; Beacon/CT Behavioral Health Partnership; Yale New Haven Hospital; Family Centers, Inc., Stamford, CT; University of Hartford; Quinnipiac University; Branford Counseling Center; Bridgeport Child & Family Guidance Center; Northampton Center for Children and Families; Three Rivers, Springfield, MA; University of CT Counseling Center; CT Behavioral Health Partnership; Guilford Youth and Family Services; Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT.
Maine Academy of Family Physicians, Portland, Maine; Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Fellows at Yale School of Medicine; Shoreline Child Study Group, Guilford, CT.
Mar. 16, 2017: "Supporting Transgender Students." CT School Counselors Conference, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Apr. 11, 2015: "We Learn by Living," at the Third Annual GeMS Family Conference, Boston Children's Hospital
Nov. 9, 2013: "Transgender Youth: Best Practices," at Gender Non-Conformity in Children and Adolescents: A Conference for Health and Mental Health Clinicians, Boston Children's Hospital
November 2, 2011: Opening keynote at GSA Summit, Eastern CT State University, Willimantic, CT
Workshops for Parents of Transgender Youth
April 29, 2017, Transgender Lives Conference, Farmington, CT
Mar. 21, 2014 & Mar. 18, 2017, True Colors Conference, University of CT
April 27, 2013 and March 29, 2014, Boston Children's Hospital Gender Management Service Family and Schools Conference
Building Bridges: Helping Transgender Teens and Their Parents
September 26, 2012: Out to Lunch Lecture, Universtity of CT
June 1, 2012: Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, PA
March 16, 2012: True Colors Conference, University of CT
February 25, 2012: TransFormations: Clinical Perspectives on Transgender Experience and Cultural Contexts, NY, NY
September 27, 2011: World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium, Atlanta, GACollege Classes
November 9, 2016: Ending the Standoff: Helping Parents Overcome Their Fears, "Out to Lunch" class and lecture series, University of Connecticut Rainbow Center, Storrs, CT
May 30, 2015: Guest lecturer in Michael Gilles's Sexuality Counseling for Children and Families class, Western CT State University, Danbury, CT
February 27, 2015: Guest lecturer in Lisa C. Taylor's Gender Roles, Sex, and Power in the Media class, Nichols College, Dudley, MA
November 5, 2014: Guest lecturer in Karen Nakamura's Anthropology of Sex class, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Feb. 2, 2017: 'Ending the Standoff: Helping Parents Overcome Their Fears." U.S. Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium, Los Angeles, CA
April 21, 2016: 'Access to Gender Equitability: Making Libraries Safe and Inclusive Spaces for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patrons." Participant in panel discussion at CT Library Association, Hartford, CT
February 20, 2015: "A Clinician's Guide to Writing 'The Letter' for Transgender Youth," True Colors Conference, University of CT
November 19, 2014: "Well-being While Transitioning," Trans*/gender Awareness Week, Yale University, New Haven, CT
June 23, 2014: Presentation to the LGBTQ Psychiatry Discussion Group, Yale University, New Haven, CT
April 24, 2014: Co-presenter "Gender Goes to Therapy," Master's Tea at Pierson College, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Oct. 10, 2013: "Understanding Transgender Identity and Readiness for Medical Transitions," Medical Grand Rounds, Yale Health Center.
March 21, 2013: Co-facilitated "Authentic from the Inside Out: Working with Transgender Youth and Their Parents," True Colors Conference, University of CT.
November 10, 2012: "Counseling Transgender Youth," Boston Children's Hospital conference: Gender Non-Conformity in Children and Adolescents
April 4, 2012: Panel on LGBT Mental Health for Yale Pride Month
April 30, 2010: Co-facilitated workshop at Connecticut NASW conference: "Helping Transgender Youth: What about the "T" in LGBT?"
March 12, 2010: Co-facilitated workshop on movement and gender at True Colors. (LGBT Youth conference in CT)
April 14, 2009: Presentation on transgender youth for True Colors mentor training.
Publication date: 21 July 2017
Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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On March 24, 2017 I gave a full-day presentation at Brattleboro Retreat in VT:
Transgender Youth: Evaluation & Family Therapy
This workshop will help you understand how transgender identity emerges in adolescence. We will look at the components included in a comprehensive evaluation of a transgender youth’s mental health and gender identity. We will discuss the challenges faced by transgender youth and their parents, and how you can best help them. The last part of the day will be dedicated to strategizing about the specific challenges clinicians may face in working with this population.
In the fall of 2017, I hope to again present my two-day workshop, Transgender Teens and Adults: Evaluation, Transition and Family Therapy, for the UConn School of Social Work STEP continuing education program at the new downtown Hartford campus.
Day 1 will focus
on evaluation and referral for medical transition. Day 2 will focus on family
therapy with transgender youth.
Day 1: At the start of the first day you will learn about a range of transgender identities and the distinction between gender identity and sexual identity. I will present the components of a comprehensive evaluation of gender identity. Later in the morning we will examine how individuals transition successfully in the contexts of school and work. The afternoon will be dedicated to learning about the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care and the process of writing a referral letter for hormone treatment or surgery. At the end of the day we will look at challenges workshop participants have experienced with their transgender clients.
Day 2: The second day begins with a brief review of core concepts from Day 1, and includes more detailed discussion of non-binary identities. We will then examine the delicate balance between authenticity and safety in the lives of transgender teens and young adults. The second half of the morning focuses on how to address parents’ fears and concerns after learning that their youth identifies as transgender. The afternoon begins with an overview of the family therapy process. The goal of this workshop is to help you understand the most common issues that arise in family therapy with this population and how to structure family therapy to be most effective. In the last part of the day we will discuss challenges clinicians may face in providing family therapy for transgender youth. There will be time at the end of the day for participants to raise questions from their own cases.
This workshop is intended for clinicians who are new to transgender care as well as those with some knowledge and experience who want to be prepared to provide more comprehensive treatment.
Feel free to sign up for both days or for Day 1
Those who have previously attended my one-day training at the UConn STEP program, or have a basic knowledge of transgender identity are welcome to sign up for Day 2 only.
For information about presentations at the UConn School of Social Work contact Beth Sharkey: