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, Oct. 2, 2017: STEP Program, UConn School of Social Work, 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, Oct. 23, 2017: STEP Program, UConn School of Social Work, Hartford, CT.
Understanding and Supporting Transgender Youth
Nov. 13, 2017, Transdisciplinary Workshops, Freeport, ME.
Stonington Public Schools; Enfield Public Schools; Berlin Public Schools; University of Hartford; 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.
Nov. 11, 2017, "Building Bridges: Advice to Transgender Teens and Their Parents," Transgender Family Day, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
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
November 4, 2017, Gender Conference East, Newark, NJ
September 9, 2017, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
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
October 27, 2017: Understanding Adolescent Transgender Identities, two undergraduate psychology classes, Ursinus College, PA
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.
. This workshop will examine the delicate balance between authenticity and safety in the lives of transgender teens and young adults. I will clarify the distinctions between gender identity and sexual orientation and help you understand how transgender identity emerges in adolescence. I will outline the components included in a comprehensive evaluation of a transgender youth’s mental health and gender identity. This presentation will include discussion of the challenges faced by transgender youth and their parents, and how helping professionals can best help them handle these challenges.
The focus of treatment is to help the youth and the family gain a clear understanding of the young person’s gender identity. This is a necessary precursor to consideration of any medical interventions for gender transition.
The last part of the day will be dedicated to strategizing about the specific challenges you may face in working with this population. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns related to working with transgender youth and their families.
For more information and to register, see Transdisciplinary Workshops.
On October 2 & 23, 2017 I presented 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, including non-binary identities, and the distinction between gender identity and sexual orientation. I will present the components of a comprehensive evaluation of gender identity. 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. We
will look at varied pathways to transgender identity awareness, and how to
advocate for trans students at school. 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 I will present case examples to demonstrate
how family treatment proceeds.
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: