Gender Expansive Youth: Best Practices – How to Offer a Positive Experience for Gender Expansive Youth – August 9, 2019

Presenters: Caroline Carter, PsyD  and Erin Norton, PsyD.
This generation of youth are profoundly expanding our understanding of the possibilities available for gender identity and expression. In light of this, many clinicians who work with youth, despite their specializations, may find themselves working with a young client who holds a transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC) identity and/or expression. This training will focus on providing practitioners with a deeper conceptual understanding of TGNC youth. Practitioners will learn to differentiate diverse gender identities from gender nonconformity in expression; identify current research findings for increasing wellness in TGNC youth; understand gender dysphoria and recognize unique ways it can manifests in TGNC youth; delineate when referrals to support a physical transition may be necessitated; and describe key clinical interventions for treating TGNC youth individually, as well as systemically within their families. Practitioners will specifically address interventions that can also be utilized with unsupportive families.

When: August 9, 2019

Time:  9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Location: Institute for Girls’ Development, 95 N. Marengo Ave, Suite 100, Pasadena, CA

CE units: 3.0

Course Level:  Beginning to Intermediate (useful for psychologists/therapists new to this field and to those with some experience in this field)

Cost:  $110

• $95 Early Bird Rate until May 30
• $55 Student Rate
• $10 Group Discount

Please go to the registration page on the Institute for Girls’ Development website for more details.

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Attendees will be able to

1.  Delineate current research findings on treatment of TGNC youth

2.  Identify, at minimum, three key clinical best practices for working individually with TGNC youth.

3.  Identify two systemic interventions for working with TGNC youth’s families


8:30 – 9:00 am – Registration

9:00 – 9:30 am – Cultural paradigm shifts in the understanding of gender

  • Understanding implicit socialization into a binary gender culture
  • Hermeneutics of gender within historical and cultural context
  • Gender as a spectrum

9:30 – 10:00 am – Current Research on TGNC Youth

  • Role of acceptance for youth wellness
  • Current neurological research
  • Minority stress
  • Longitudinal studies

10:00 – 10:15  Break

10:15 – 11:20 am – Key Clinical Issues and Best Practices

  • Gender dysphoria (with group exercise)
  • Assessing at-risk behaviors
  • Importance of social support
  • Using a collaborative care model
    • Medical referrals for gender transitioning
    • Cross-sex hormones
  • Discussing and exploring sexuality
  • Recognizing Transphobia and internalized transphobia
  • Intersecting identities

11:20 – 11:45 am – Systemic Interventions

  • Address gender dysphoria within a family system
  • Interventions for gender dysphoric youth in pre-contemplative and contemplative families

11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Questions and Discussion

12:15 pm – Evaluations


 Caroline Carter, PsyD
LA Gender Center
Licensed Clinical Psychologist – PSY 30377. 

Dr. Carter is a Staff Psychologist with the Los Angeles Gender Center, which she joined in 2011. Dr. Carter works predominantly in LAGC’s Child and Adolescent Program and sees transgender and gender nonconforming clients weekly in South Pasadena and Westwood. Caroline has a strong passion for working with TGNC youth, as well as the role of interpersonal connection and support for increasing resiliency among youth and families. This passion led Caroline to recently help develop and run Épanouie, a summer program created to bring together transfeminine youth ages 10-12 and additionally provide tools to strengthen their resiliency in adolescence. Dr. Carter is also a group facilitator with Transforming Family, an organization which provides monthly support for families who have a TGNC child or adolescent. She currently serves as clinical support for the support group for parents of pre-adolescent children. Additionally, in 2014 Dr. Carter helped to develop LAGC’s Training Program and she is currently the Program Coordinator for LAGC’s continuing education development and implementation. Dr. Carter has trained clinicians and educators on gender diversity both locally and nationally. Dr. Carter earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and her Masters in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University.

Erin Norton, PsyD
Post-doctoral Fellow
Supervised by Melissa Johnson, PhD – PSY 13102

Dr. Norton is a Clinical Psychologist completing their Post-Doctoral Fellowship with the Institute for Girls Development. Dr. Norton works within the Child and Adolescent Specialty Team and is the coordinator of the Institute’s Health and Wellness program. Dr. Norton’s passion is in working with the transgender and gender nonconforming population. Helping support families and youth as they grow on various gender journeys is part of Dr. Norton’s goal as a clinician. While at the Institute, Dr. Norton facilitates the Rainbow Grit therapy group, which brings together middle and high school aged individuals within the LGBTQ rainbow. Most recently this passion has transferred to the development of a summer program specifically for transfeminine youth, a place where youth can come together to build connections and resiliency. Dr. Norton volunteers with Transforming Family, a Los Angeles based organization that aims to empower families with children or teens on various gender journeys. Dr. Norton currently serves as the facilitator of the Transforming Family Sibling Group, which is growing in size and support. Dr. Norton earned their PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Illuminated Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Illuminated Education maintains the 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.

Outside of California, please check with your licensing board to see whether APA approval is accepted for CE credit in your state.  Please call Dr. Cooper if you have further questions (626-744-9472).


Please call 626-585-8075 x116 (Sofia Brewer) or email  If you email, please refer to this workshop in your subject line.


The building and room for this event are wheel-chair accessible.  Please contact us if you need any other accommodations.  Lunch is provided by the Institute for Girls’ Development and will include vegetarian and gluten-free options.  Please contact us if you have any other dietary needs:  626-585-8075 x116 (Sofia Brewer) or  If you email, please refer to this workshop in your subject line.

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