“The ABCD Approach to Assessing Gender Diverse and Trans Youth: Affirming, Balanced, Comprehensive, & Developmentally-Informed” by Scott Leibowitz, MD
This workshop will provide attendees a framework for the assessment of youth presenting with gender identity related needs within a mental health or multidisciplinary context. While transgender adults are of legal age to provide informed consent in order to start gender affirming medical care, minors are dependent on their parents for consent. Minors also differ in that they have more specific developmental factors that impact treatment decisions as a child moves from prepubertal through puberty and into late adolescence. The nuts and bolts of how to assess youth in an affirming, yet comprehensive way, will be discussed. More nuanced issues such as pronoun use and family acceptance will also be discussed.
1) Attendees will learn the approach to doing a behavioral health assessment of trans youth that is both affirming and comprehensive.
2) Attendees will learn the constructs obtained in an assessment according to different developmental stages of childhood and adolescence.
3) Attendees will learn the specifics on how to approach pronouns, pubertal changes, and parent acceptance within a mental health assessment and treatment frame