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WCSPP Annual Conference – Gender Dysphoria: At the Intersection of Culture and Clinical Practice

November 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

WCSPP’s Annual Conference this year will be a webinar offering 3 CE hours

GENDER DYSPHORIA: At the Intersection of Culture and Clinical Practice

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View the 2020 Conference Brochure

Keynote Speakers:
David Schwartz, PhD Clinical and ethical considerations in the treatment of gender dysphoric children and adolescents: When doing less is helping more

Laurel Silber, PsyD A child’s developing gender subjectivity in the context of attachment concerns with implications for psychotherapy

At this extraordinary moment in time, we are called upon to reconsider the ways we think and act across many spheres of life, including race, sexuality and gender. In this conference, gender will take center stage as we strive to expand our understanding of gender dysphoric children within the larger context of their families and culture.

As challenged children and families look to clinicians for guidance, it is the intention of this conference to contribute to a better and more complex understanding of the issues children and their families face.

Dr. David Schwartz’s presentation will explore the present state of treatment of children and adolescents who identify as transgender or who experience gender dysphoria. Special attention will be given to the effects of contemporary cultural pressure, practitioner bias and parental anxiety as these three interact. Dr. Schwartz will emphasize the importance of an empathic, non-directive clinical stance, including engagement with parents, as the key to offering a treatment that is ethically informed and therapeutically effective.

Dr. Laurel Silber’s presentation explores new clinical and theoretical questions arising in child/family psychotherapy relative to cultural shifts and gender variance. What have we learned from the children? Play therapy is well suited to the task of sorting the self. Children engage in play to organize feelings and experience, to make meaning and find belonging within their attachment system. What changes in the intergenerational narrative as some children, seeking coherency, explore boundaries and resist binaries for categorization? As adults, we will be reflecting on what is different and the same as we hold in mind gender subjectivity and discover some surprises within our open dialogue.

The webinar will continue with questions and discussion with all participants.

Registration and Fees Fee is $75, which includes 3 CE hours.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Requests for a refund MUST be received by email or letter by November 7, 2020, for full refund, less a $25 processing fee.

Continuing Education:
NYS Mental Health Practitioners: WCSPP is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-0063; Licensed Psychoanalysts #P-0027; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0040; Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0075; and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0028.

CT Social Workers and Other Mental Health Practitioners: CE hours approved.

Psychologists: The Westchester Center for Psychological Education (WCPE) is a co-sponsor of this programs with WCSPP. The WCPE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The WCPE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Approval pending.

If requesting CE hours, a completed evaluation must be submitted online through WCSPP’s Survey Monkey after the conference and before midnight, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.
This webinar is open to NY and CT Social Workers, Psychoanalysts, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians and other health care professionals.


November 21, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST