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Friday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Applying Intersectionality to Therapy with Transgender and Nonbinary Adolescents and Their Families

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TGNB adolescents and their family members hold many social identities, including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc. One issue that frequently arises in working with TGNB adolescents is lack of family acceptance, or ambivalence a family may have in moving forward with medical or surgical changes. TGNB adolescents often need parental consent, financial and logistical assistance to move forward with transition. Therapy with TGNB adolescents often focuses on gender alone. Affirming family therapy involving TGNB individuals further explores the complex ways an adolescent’s gender identity intersects with and is understood in context of family members’ identities. This panel will briefly overview intersectional theory and how it informs practice, will explore provider location of self and will present several case examples applying the intersectional understanding of a family system. This presentation will aim to expand on how intersectionally informed affirming therapy may serve to bolster the therapeutic process targeting acceptance.

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Rachel Lynn Golden

Rachel Lynn Golden, PhD is a psychologist who utilizes social science to promote allyship and inclusive practices across therapeutic, family, school, and business settings. As an educator, her teachings are centered in intersectional practice. Her research explores sexual development... Read More →
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Matthew Oransky

Matthew Oransky, PhD, is a licensed psychologist on faculty at the Icahn school of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery. Prior to this position, he oversaw the mental health portion of the transgender health program at the Mount Sinai... Read More →
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Randi Kaufman

Randi Kaufman, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who has been working with gender identity issues since 1998. Currently the team psychologist at the Gender & Family Project of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in NYC, she previously worked at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard... Read More →

Thomas Vance

Thomas A. Vance, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research PostDoctoral fellow at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. His research and clinical practice examine the intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race/ethnicity, and other identities and experiences... Read More →
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SJ Langer

S.J. Langer is a writer and psychotherapist in New York City, where he maintains a private practice.  He is on faculty at School of Visual Arts in both the MPS Art Therapy and Humanities & Sciences departments.  His most recent academic article Trans Bodies and the Failure of Mirrors... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Bellaire Theater