Professional Training: Effective and Compassionate Clinical Work for Transgender and Nonbinary Children, Teens and Families



Effective and Compassionate Clinical Work for Transgender and Nonbinary Children, Teens and Families

Trainer: Susan Landon, MA, LMFT

We are excited to announce “Effective and Compassionate Clinical Work with Transgender and Nonbinary Children, Teens, and Families.”  This 8 week professional training (16 hours) is designed to equip you in your clinical and case management work with transgender and nonbinary youth and families.

  • One of the unique elements of this important training is the focus on working with children, families, and schools.  The growing population of children and pre-teens identifying on the gender spectrum is growing. Susan Landon, MA, LMFT, of the LA Gender Center has spent many years working with transgender and nonbinary children and families, as well as training others to do this work with deep insight and compassion. This is a great opportunity to study with her virtually!
  • A second noteworthy aspect of this training is the small group aspect, providing a more intimate setting for training and discussion. Program capped at 16 participants.

More about Susan Landon of the LA Gender Center:
Susan has been working with transgender and nonbinary youth and their families for many years. She is a wealth of wisdom and experience on development, family, working with schools, etc.  While Susan will be providing training on working with both teens and young children, her emphasis will be on working with children and their families.  The gender journey for these young ones is a specialized and unique area. Susan is interested in sharing her knowledge to those who will be expanding this work as it becomes more and more needed. Note: You do not have to be working with transgender or nonbinary youth at this time in order to attend and benefit.

Topics Covered in this 8 week training include:

  • How to build a strong working relationship with parents, including the role of empathy and psychoeducation.
  • Understanding categories of identity and diversity as it relates to gender non-conforming children.
  • Developmental issues for children ages 0 – 4. Includes working with the child and parents.
  • Developmental issues for children ages 5 – 9. Includes working with parents and schools.
  • Developmental issues for children ages 10 – 12. Includes working with parents and schools.
  • Developmental issues for children 13 – 19. Includes working with parents and schools.
  • Unique aspects of this developmental level compared to younger children’s gender journeys.
  • Promoting resilience for children and parents at school, at home and in the world.
  • Clinical presentations for each developmental level.
  • Community resources for children, teens and parents. Including how to evaluate appropriate match for the child, teen and family.

Guests: We will have two guest speakers for this training. Aydin Olson-Kennedy will speak about gender dysphoria and his life experience, and Dr.Johanna Olson-Kennedy from Children’s Hospital will explain and answer questions about medical decisions for the trans community.

Time and Dates:  The group will be held on Mondays, from 11am – 1pm, starting September 20th – November 15th, with no class on October 11th in observance of Indigenous People’s Day.

$795 for the course.
$640 is the early bird special rate. Must register by August 23rd for the early bird rate.
$395 for students and pre-licensed therapists.

Continuing education certificates: Our continuing education partner is Illuminated Education, who is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Illuminated Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA approval for CE activities for MFTs, LCSWs, LPPCs and/or LEPs.

A certificate for up to 16 hours of continuing education is provided for participants who attend all 16 hours of training. Please see the requirements for credits referenced on the site at Illuminated Education.

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