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Empower Series

Enhancing Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

Provided in Partnership with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)

June 24, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

Summit Description

This day-long virtual training will provide tools for assessment and support of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) children, teens, and their families, and for determining when further transition services (e.g., medical, legal) are indicated.

As a result of undergoing this free day-long training, participants will:

  • Learn appropriate language for serving TGD youth and their families
  • Gain skills in exploring a youth’s gender experience within developmental and social contexts
  • Learn how other conditions may explain or contribute to a youth’s sense of gender incongruence
  • Gain awareness of interdisciplinary supports (e.g., medical, legal, academic) for TGD youth
  • Discover ways to make their waiting rooms, treatment spaces, and practices more inviting to diverse clients

This summit is recommended for behavioral and other healthcare professionals working with youth, including:

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Pediatricians
  • Triage and intake staff
  • Case Managers

Summit Facilitators

Lisa Griffin, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice 26 years, specializing in care for gender diverse children, adolescents, and their families. She speaks widely on issues pertaining to transgender care, particularly in the areas of youth, cultural competence, and professional ethics. She is certified as a gender specialist by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and she serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Association for Transgender Health (USPATH). She was named a 2017 Outstanding Virginian by Equality Virginia.

Delton Harris, LCSW (he/him/his) is a native of Durham, NC, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with his BSW in 2014 and MSW in 2016. Delton earned his LCSW in 2019 and is licensed in NC and VA. Delton specifically works with individuals of color, particularly those who identify with any of the LGBTQIA+ communities and may be living with HIV. Delton currently is a Ph.D. student in the Healthcare Policy and Research program at VCU and continues to provide services for the LGBTQIA+ communities and communities of color in the Richmond area.


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, (1) Overview, (2) Gender identity development, and (3) Systems approach (assessment, decision-making, support)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Lunch
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM, (1) Transition decisions: social, medical, legal, (2) Cultural competence and intersectionality, (3) Discerning gender in the context of other concerns, (4) Provider checklist: language, environment, staff, and (5) Q&A
*Note: There will be additional breaks throughout the day.


Enhancing Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth Summit - Registration Form
This Empower Series event is only available for Virginians.


This Empower Series event is presented in partnership with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS).


June 24, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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