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Virtual Child Mental Health Forum - Childhood Gender Diversity

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Date & Time: December 1, 2021, 10AM - 11:15AM EST

Location: Virtually via Zoom. Click here to register. 

Childhood Gender Diversity

Kristina Olson, PhD

Director of the Human Diversity Lab and Professor of Psychology;
Princeton University

Summary: Announced on our day of birth or even months before, our sex and assumed gender affects our lives in countless ways. In this talk, I describe the lives of youth who, beginning early in development feel discomfort or altogether reject that initial categorization made at their births. Focusing primarily on transgender youth who have socially transitioned -- changing clothing, hairstyle, pronouns, and names – I’ll describe their early gender development. Initial findings suggest that binary transgender youth look remarkably similar to children who share their gender but who have been raised in line with that gender since birth. I’ll discuss how these findings speak to ongoing debates in the field about how gender develops and to larger sociocultural and political debates about gender diversity.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the latest research on transgender and other gender diverse children.
  2. Know more about family decision-making regarding childhood gender diversity.

December 1, 2021 from 10AM to 11:15AM EST

This presentation will take place virtually on Zoom. You must pre-register to attend. Click here to pre-register. 

Continuing Education (CE/CEU) Information

Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  
Psychologists: This program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Wellesley, MA for a maximum of 1 Credit. The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 
Social Workers: The National Association of Social Workers has approved this series for continuing education credits for social workers.