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2020 Gender Odyssey

June 18–21, 2020

San Diego, CA

Our conference schedule is in development and is subject to change. Additional sessions will be added.  Occasionally, a presenter has to cancel or a session needs to move from its scheduled day and time.  Please review as the conference dates near for any changes that may have occurred. 

Gender Dysphoria: Beyond the Diagnosis

Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 11:10 AM–12:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
3 - Salon D
Workshop Description

Gender dysphoria is widely understood as the persistent emotional, psychological or physical distress experienced by individual’s whose gender does not align with their sex-at-birth. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness outlines criteria that are too limited in scope. These create unrealistic expectations that medical and/or surgical intervention will result in the eradication of gender dysphoria. This workshop proposes to present gender dysphoria as an experience beyond a criteria checklist; demonstrate how dysphoria shows up across different developmental stages; and how this impacts the lives of transgender youth. Using case examples, this workshop will help attendees have an improved understanding of how gender dysphoria is impacting the developmental trajectories of these youth. We’ll explore the overlap of symptoms of gender dysphoria that often lead to diagnoses of ADHD, bipolar disorder, high functioning autism, and we’ll explore mechanisms to address gender dysphoria in transgender and non-binary individuals. Providers can improve care for youth if their understanding of gender dysphoria expands beyond the distress associated with the presence (or absence) of primary or secondary sex characteristics.

Workshop Presenter's Names

Jo Olson-Kennedy
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Presenter Bio

Dr. Olson-Kennedy is the medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development, and has been providing medical intervention, advocacy and education for transgender children, adolescents and young adults for 12 years. She also spearheads a multi-site NIH grant that is aiming to understand the impact of early intervention among transgender youth on physiologic and mental health parameters. experience of transgender individuals from early childhood through late adolescence.