Gender identity development: Integrating psychological, biological, developmental and social processes

Course overview

This course provides comprehensive and an up-to-date introduction to understanding and supporting children and young people with pressing gender identity issues. Presentations from senior staff from the nationally-commissioned Gender Identity Development Service will cover a range of theoretical, clinical, practical and ethical issues in the treatment of young people with gender dysphoria.

GIDS is the only specialist service in the UK working with gender variant children and adolescents. We interface daily with professionals from education, psychiatry, social work, general practice, youth services, psychology and nursing who are keen for more information and more understanding about how best to support the development of these young people who are striving to harmonise mind and body.

This event will cover:

• issues of definition and diagnosis and trajectories for gender identity

• our developmental, staged approach

• the physical treatments we offer in close collaboration with colleagues in paediatric endocrinology

• our joint working with CAMHS, schools, social care and wider networks

This event on the trans-gender predicament in childhood and adolescence offers a mix of lively and informative interactional lectures on a number of topical areas, reflecting psychological, biological, developmental and social frameworks for understanding gender dysphoria in the under-18s. There will also be small reflective case discussion groups led by staff from the service.

The event is suitable for psychiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, paediatricians, GP’s, psychologists, youth workers, teachers, LGBTQ workers, specialist nurses and others who come into contact professionaly with gender dysphoric young people.

Monday 14 May 2018       10:00 - 16:00   


Tavistock Leeds Base

8 Park Square East



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14 May 2018 10:00 to 16:00

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