Therapists' Role in Supporting TNB Young People
April 4th, 2023 3:30-5:00 PM
online synchronous, via Zoom
You know it's tough out there when a trans therapist has trouble finding their own gender-affirming therapist!
This workshop outlines mental health outcomes and experiences of young trans and nonbinary folks. We will consider what trans and nonbinary folks (TNB) need from therapists, and how clinicians can offer that support. Using an ecological lens, we will discuss what challenges this age group faces and how partners and family may also need specific support from therapists. Lastly, we will discuss the recent discriminatory legislation proposed and enacted across the United States causing additional, unnecessary barriers for TNB young people. By acknowledging the nuanced experiences of this vulnerable population, therapists will be better able to connect and counsel young TNB clients.
Parker McDurmon is a graduate student completing their master's degree in counseling at UMKC. In addition to school, Parker spends their time working as a counselor tech at ReDiscover, working on LGBTQ research, and enjoying time with friends. Parker moved to Kansas City in 2021 and has found wonderful queer community; however, for many young queer folks in the community, therapy is financially inaccessible or therapists cannot meet their needs, especially for trans and nonbinary folks. They are passionate about sharing their personal, clinical, and academic knowledge of how to support young trans and nonbinary folks as a therapist.