2016 Gender Nonconformity: A Community Response to a Vulnerable Population

Gender Nonconformity: 
A Community Response to a Vulnerable Population
Hosted by
Canisius College
Department of Counseling and Human Services
Saturday, November 5, 2016
8:30 am-3:30 pm at Canisius College
 (Richard E. Winter Student Center)

Conference Focus

Gender nonconformity is defined by individuals whose gender identity, role and expression differ from cultural or social norms. Gender nonconforming individuals are more at risk for family, health, social, and occupational struggles when compared to their cisgender peers. They are at increased risk for depression, suicide, drug use and HIV infection. They also have difficulty integrating into typical social peer groups. The vulnerability of this group requires a response on the part of all individuals who work with this population: school administrators, teachers, counselors, pediatricians/primary care providers, agencies, religious leaders and law enforcement. The purpose of this conference is to bring awareness of community resources for gender nonconforming persons and their families. We also aim to address the future needs of this population.

CME Credits- 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
5.0 CEU credits are available

Keynote Speakers

Gender Dysphoria: An Overview
Tom Mazur, Psy.D., Allison Bartels, MS, LMHC, Danielle Cook, MS, LMHC
The Center For Psychosexual Health

The Center for Psychosexual Health is the leading Center in Western New York specializing in the treatment of gender dysphoria in children, adolescents and adults. Their presentation will consist of three parts: 

Part one is to acquaint professionals not familiar with the various terms used today to define gender identity. Part two is to describe their philosophy regarding diagnosis and treatment of the various differences of gender identity that are presented in their clinic. The third and final part is to address their philosophy regarding prepubertal children presenting with gender concerns. This population is a vulnerable one and currently there is controversy as to how best to help these children and their families. 
Behavioral and Emotional Problems in Children and Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria: Implications for Peer Relationships
Kenneth J. Zucker, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Dr. Zucker is a developmental psychologist internationally known for his research on the topic of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents. His talk will review the empirical data on behavioral and emotional problems in children and adolescents with gender dysphoria, including the evidence for elevated rates of suicidality. Linkages with peer relationships will be reviewed. Implications for clinical care will be discussed.
Gender in the Peer Group
William Bukowski, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University
Montréal, Québec

Dr. Bukowski is a developmental psychologist who has done extensive research on children and adolescent experiences with their peers and how it affects their competence and well-being. His presentation will address how gender intersects with multiple processes implicated in children's experiences with their peers. He will discuss how aspects of gender, including the binary categories of "girl" and "boy" as well as concepts such as femininity and masculinity affect interpersonal attraction, friendship expectations, relationship satisfaction and well-being.    

Afternoon Workshops
Workshop #1 (Choose one)

A- Gender Dysphoria: A guide to a healthy and safe transition
Allison Bartels, MS, LMHC and Danielle Cook, MS, LMHC
The Center for Psychosexual Health

Just as each individual is unique, so his his/her/their transition experience. Socially and medically transitioning has been found to be the best treatment for relieving severe and persistent gender dysphoria. However, transitioning is not a “one size fits all.” Each person’s journey to express their authentic self is different, and this workshop will discuss the transition process and various options that will help individuals transition in the healthiest and safest way possible.

B- Medical Transition in Adults 
Howard Lippes, MD
R&B Medical Group 

Adults diagnosed with gender dysphoria, who are living full time in the identified gender, may choose to explore hormone replacement therapy as their next step in transition.  The purpose of this workshop is to describe hormonal treatment for the adult population and its desired benefits as well as consequences. 

C- Creating and Implementing Transgender Policy in Public Schools 
Will Keresztes, Ed.D.
Cheif of Intergovernmental Affairs, Planning and Community Engagement
Buffalo Public Schools

Many schools in WNY are beginning to implement the NYS guidelines for Transgender students in their districts. This workshop is designed to discuss how to formulate a policy and implement it in your school district while taking into consideration the rights of other students and concerns from facility, staff and the community. Preferred names, pronouns, bathroom, locker room, psychical education class and sports will all be discussed.  

Workshop #2 (Choose one)

A- Social Media: Friend or Foe?
Allison Bartels, MS, LMHC 
The Center for Psychosexual Health

Friend or foe, social media is here to stay. These powerful online tools for information exchange can be both beneficial and harmful, especially for children and adolescents. For transgender and/or gender conforming individuals, using social media can provide a sense of support and comfort, but may also lead to cyber bullying and unrealistic expectations. In this seminar, you will learn about the positives and negatives of social media for transgender individuals, and how to help youth navigate the online world safely and knowledgeably. 

B- Medical Transition in Adolescents 
Kathy Bethin, MD, PhD
Pediatric Endocrinology, Women's and Children Hospital of Buffalo
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Conventional treatment for adolescents diagnosed with gender dysphoria consists of the following: (1) living full time in the gender they identify, (2) hormones, and (3) continued psychological counseling.  The purpose of this workshop is to describe hormonal treatment for adolescents, its desired benefits as well as its controversies. 

C- Community Resources for Transgender Youth
Marvin Henchbarger
Executive Director
Gay and Lesbian Youth Services (GLYS)

Western New York as various services available to Trans Youth in our community. Learn what Gay and Lesbian Youth Services (GLYS) can provide to your schools, agencies, patients and families. 

Workshop #3 (All attendees)
Panel Discussion 
All conference attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the conference speakers as well as Gender Nonconforming individuals in our community. This will be an interactive session that will wrap up our conference. 

Canisius College
2001 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14208
Building: Richard E. Winter Student Center

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