Gender identity development: Integrating psychological, biological, developmental and social processes (CPD10)

Course Overview 

This course provides a comprehensive and up‐to‐date introduction to understanding and supporting children and young people with pressing gender identity issues.

Presentations from senior staff from the nationally‐commissioned Gender identity Development Service will cover a range of theoretical, clinical, practical and ethical issues in the treatment of young people with gender dysphoria.

Start Date 
Wednesday 9 December, 2pm - 6pm
Leeds Town Hall, Leeds
Gender Identity Development Service

The Gender identity Development Service (GIDS) is the only specialist service in the UK working with gender variant children and adolescents.  We interface daily with professionals from education, psychiatry, social work, general practice, youth services, psychology and nursing who are keen for more information and more understanding about how best to support the development of these young people who are striving to harmonise mind and body.

GIDS offers support, therapy and treatment to children and young people who are unhappy about their biological sex and who experience marked incongruence between their expressed gender and their assigned gender.  Established in 1989, this busy multi-disciplinary service, based at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust in London and in Leeds has developed an approach to the predicament of these young people and their families which is compassionate, concerned with psychological and bodily experience equally, and attuned to changing social mores. Since 2009 GIDS has been designated and funded as a national specialist service.

Course Outline

This short course on the transgender predicament in childhood and adolescence will offer a mix of lively and informative interactional teaching sessions on a wide range of topical areas, reflecting psychological, biological, developmental and social frameworks for understanding gender dysphoria in the under-18s.

The half day will cover:

  • issues of definition and diagnosis,and trajectories for gender identity

  • our developmental, staged approach

  • the physical treatments we offer in close collaboration with colleagues in paediatric endocrinology

  • our joint working with CAMHS, schools, social care and wider networks

    There will also be small reflective case discussion groups led by senior staff from the service.

Who is this course for?

This event is suitable for psychiatrists, social workers, psychotherapists, paediatricians, GP's, psychologists, youth workers, teachers, LGBTQ workers, specialist nurses and others who come into contact professionally with gender dysphoric young people.

Further courses

Dates for further introductory half day workshops and follow up sessions for the 2015/2016 academic year will be announced in due course.