Professionals’ Symposium

Online registration is closed for this event, but onsite registration is available, so please come join us!

2017 Gender Spectrum Professionals’ Symposium
Friday, July 21

The 2017 Gender Spectrum Professionals’ Symposium will take place on Friday, July 21 at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) Hayward Hills Campus in Hayward, California, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The Professionals’ Symposium and Conference are in two different locations this year. The Conference will be held at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA (approximately 25 miles from CSUEB Hayward Hills Campus).

Professionals’ Symposium Program Now Online! (Subject to Change)
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The Professionals’ Symposium is designed for individuals working with Transgender, Non-binary, and otherwise Gender-expansive youth and/or their families. Attendees will take part in programming and acquire resources designed to build their capacity to support families and young people around issues of gender.

The theme for this year’s event is “Seen, Safe and Supported”. We chose this because, despite the increased attention regarding gender diversity, the real, lived experience of transgender, non-binary and otherwise gender-expansive children’s lives can get lost.

Workshops are organized around a variety of disciplines – education, medicine, the law, mental health/counseling, social services, and child welfare. Focusing on a range of interdisciplinary topics as well, sessions will also explore how race, religion, class, and other aspects of identity impact a young person’s gender experience.

Symposium programming is designed to respond to attendees’ broad range of professional experience in the field of gender affirmative care and support. Workshops for those just beginning in the field of gender-affirmative care will be offered alongside a number of in-depth sessions and advanced topics for even the most experienced professionals. Expert practitioners from across disciplines will facilitate the variety of sessions. There will also be an opportunity to meet with colleagues and develop new relationships that will help strengthen your work with youth and their families.

The program for this year’s gathering of professionals committed to gender-affirming care and support for young people is more diverse than ever. Along with some of our popular sessions from past years, such as The Biology of Gender identity: Emerging Understandings, Creating Gender Inclusive Schools, and Supporting the Sphere: Exploring Medical and Mental Health Options for Non-Binary Individuals, this year’s program will also feature:

–Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Justice

–Ethical Considerations for Mental Health Professionals Working With Transgender and Non-binary Youth and Their Families

–Working with Resistance: Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students in North Carolina

–Conducting Empirically Informed Suicide Risk Assessments and Safety Planning with Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

And many more exciting and new topics!

We hope you will join us for this full day of learning dedicated to helping the young people we support to effectively navigate their world. The program and schedule for the event will be published later this spring. Stay tuned for more details about the Professionals’ Symposium through our emails.


The Gender Spectrum Conference

In the past, many professionals attending Friday’s event have also found it useful to participate in the Gender Spectrum Conference, taking place at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA on July 22 and 23. A companion to the Symposium, the conference provides unique insights for professionals through participation in programming and activities specifically designed for families with transgender and non-binary children and teens.

Please note: This year’s Conference and Professional’s Symposium are at different locations, approximately 25 miles apart from each other.

Click here to learn more about the Gender Spectrum Conference.