Family Therapy with Transgender Youth

This seminar satisfies the cultural competence requirement for Connecticut social work licensure.

Irwin Krieger, LCSW

Monday, April 29, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hartford Public Library (Room 026) – use Arch St Entrance

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In this seminar, Irwin Krieger, author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents and Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide, will guide you through the process of providing family therapy for transgender teens and young adults. The program begins with a brief review of core concepts regarding transgender identities. We will look at varied pathways to transgender identity awareness, and how to advocate for trans students at school. We will examine the delicate balance between authenticity and safety in the lives of transgender youth and their parents. The second half of the morning focuses on addressing the fears and concerns of parents who have learned that their youth identifies as transgender.

The afternoon is focused on the process of family therapy. The goal of this seminar is to help you understand the most common issues that arise in family therapy with this population and how to structure family therapy to be most effective. In the last part of the day, Mr. Krieger will present case examples to demonstrate how family treatment proceeds. We will discuss challenges clinicians may face in providing family therapy for transgender youth. There will be time throughout the day for questions.

After completing this seminar, participants will:

  • be familiar with a variety of pathways to transgender identity awareness
  • be prepared to advocate at school for transgender clients
  • have strategies for helping parents address their fears and concerns
  • understand how family therapy proceeds with transgender youth