An introduction to working effectively with gender non-conforming young people

Course overview

This course provides a comprehensive and 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. There will be a mix of lively and informative interactional teaching sessions on a wide range of topical areas, reflecting psychological, biological, developmental and social frameworks for understanding gender dysphoria in the under-18s.

NOTE: We run this course both in London and Leeds.

The workshop will cover:


• Our developmental, staged approach including support and physical treatments and the different ways we work and engage young people and their families;

• The ways we recognize and build the resilience of young people and their families;

• The contexts that inform how we work, including: socio‐political, cultural, legal and theoretical/research frameworks;

• How we work together with different organisations and sectors, including CAMHS, schools, social care, voluntary and community organisations and wider networks.


The day will be highly interactive and features presentations and reflective discussion groups.

This 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 professionally with gender dysphoric young people.

The Gender identity Development Service (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.

GIDS offers support, therapy and treatment to children and young people who are unhappy about their biological sex and who experience marked incongruence between their perceived gender and their assigned gender.

Established in 1989, this busy multidisciplinary service, based at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and in Leeds has developed an approach to the situation of these young people and their families which is compassionate, concerned with psychological and bodily experience equally, and attuned to changing social mores. Since 2009 GIDS has been designated and funded as a national specialist service.

New dates are being planned for the autumn and will be published here in due course. Please contact us at to be added to the waiting list or if you have any queries.

It is with regret we are unable to go ahead with the originally planned sessions in April 2020.

The course is offered in London and Leeds


Please contact us at to be added to the waiting list or if you have any queries.

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Course length:
1 day
The Tavistock Centre, London
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Gender identity development service (GIDS)

For children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity.