The Essential Guide to
Gender Diversity in Children and Adolescents
Friday, November 19th, 2021
11:30 to 1:00 PM
Desert CAMFT members - $25
Non-Members - $35
Pre-licensed - $15
Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D.
A 16-year-old fills out your new client form with the first name “Owen,” and checks the box -“female.” Do you feel confident you can help this person deal with the challenges of just navigating being a teenager?
A family walks into your office. Their 5-year-old child is wearing lace ruffles, and the parents tell you they are concerned about their son. Do you refer them to someone else since gender is not your specialty?
Therapists have shied away from these clients, and where possible, referred them to “specialists,” because our education did not prepare us to competently work with gender diverse clients. However, unlike specialization areas such as eating disorders or PTSD, gender identity is too much a part of the core human identity for therapists to not know how to work with it. You need to feel competent and confident when working with your clients to address this sensitive, universal part of being human.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Understand how being gender aware is both ethical and a core competency, not a specialty
2. Understand how to identify 5 conceptually different aspects of human identity - gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, sex assigned at birth, relational orientation, and sexuality
3. Understand how the 5 conceptually different aspects of human identity are conflated in the acronym LGBTQI+
4. What are pronouns, why they are important, and how to use pronouns
Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D. : is the founder of a private practice in Denver, Colorado, PhoenixRISE, with specialty offerings in identity development (considering intersections of target and non-target status identities), sexual minority competency, as well as transgender and gender diverse issues with adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Burgamy has previously worked as a founding integrated psychologist in the TRUE Center for Gender Diversity at Children’s Hospital Colorado (2017-2020), served as the Colorado Representative to the American Psychological Association (APA) Council of Representatives (2014-2019) and is a past president of the Colorado Psychological Association. Dr. Burgamy currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology at APA.