Supporting Transgender Students: In-service Training for Schools

"Faculty who attended your presentation have commented on how excellent it was and that they learned a great deal. "

                        -- Charlotte Davidson, Director of Counseling,             Choate Rosemary Hall.

Appropriately supporting transgender students can be a challenge even when educators have the best of intentions. Irwin Krieger, LCSW provides training for administrators, counselors, nurses and teachers to understand and support transgender students. Presentations can include the following:

  • Preparing to respond sensitively to students of all gender identities
  • Understanding basic information about transgender identities and the gender transition steps that children and adolescents and their parents may be considering
  • Handling a student's disclosure of transgender identity
  • Understanding educational guidelines for transgender students
  • Accommodating the needs of transgender students
  • Addressing any questions and challenges you may have regarding current students at your school

Irwin Krieger, LCSW is a clinical social worker who provided psychotherapy for LGBT individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. With a BA in psychology from Yale and an MSW from the University of Connecticut, he was a 2013 recipient of the New Haven Pride Center’s Dorothy Award for his service to the LGBT community in New Haven. In his private practice he worked extensively with transgender teens and young adults and their parents. In 2017, Irwin received the CT NASW’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

With the goal of expanding support for transgender teens and their families, Irwin provides training for school personnel as well as mental health and health care professionals. He has presented at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium in Atlanta, TransFormations in New York City, the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, and the University of Connecticut.

Irwin was the keynote speaker at the CT School Counselors Conference in 2017 and  the GSA Summit at Eastern CT State University in the fall of 2011. He also gave the keynotes at the GeMS Conference at Children’s Hospital in Boston in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2015,
and Transgender Family Day at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in 2017.

 Irwin Krieger is the author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents and Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide.

Contact Irwin Krieger at 203-988-7018 or

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