Working with gender diverse young people and their families

Working with gender diverse young people and their families

Louise Cooper and Ari Dunphy

This webinar explored the information and skills needed for practitioners to work effectively with gender diverse young people and their families.

Working with gender diverse young people and their families

This webinar was held on 26 April 2017.

Increasing numbers of children and young people are identifying as gender questioning, gender diverse or transgender, and presenting for support from professionals in mental health, family services, and child and youth services. Queerspace at Drummond Street Services has responded to many families presenting for assistance for themselves, their child, siblings and other family members or caregivers in dealing with the questions and challenges that arise from the experience of being gender diverse.

This webinar introduced ideas of gender and identity formation and discussed the struggles that individuals, families and services face in responding to the changing landscape in this area. Adapted case studies from Queerspace’s own work were used to discuss ways of working with and supporting these young people and their family members. This webinar provided an opportunity to explore some of the essential information and skills needed for practitioners to deepen their understanding of gender, and work in an inclusive and affirmative manner.

A recording of the webinar, along with presentation slides and a transcript, will be made available in the coming weeks. Subscribe to the CFCA News to be notified when these resources are online.

The feature image was supplied Drummond Street Services' Queerspace team.

About the presenters

Louise Cooper

Dr Louise Cooper is a Counselling Psychologist and Child and Family Practitioner in Drummond Street Services’ Queerspace team. Queerspace provides affirmative counselling services delivered by LGBTIQ and queer friendly mental health practitioners. Louise specialises in counselling and supporting transgender and gender diverse adults and young people and their families. Louise has been actively involved in establishing several projects promoting the wellbeing of gender diverse youth through Transgender Victoria and YGender. She regularly supports the QProgram, a LGBTIQ youth group based in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

Ari Dunphy

Ari Dunphy is an intern practitioner in Drummond Street Services’ Queerspace team, working with individuals and families. Ari is currently completing a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Cairnmillar Institute, with a research thesis on frameworks for conceptualising LGBTIQ intimate partner violence. Ari is passionate about the health and wellbeing of transgender people, and seeks to contribute to the collective understanding of gender.

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