Master's Theme and Schedule

Intensive Institute Theme:

Gender Variance in Families: A Family Systems Approach

Families are impacted by gender-variance in numerous ways, yet the family therapy field has remained virtually silent on the impact of transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming behavior within the family matrix.

The first day will of this Intensive Institute will provide family therapists with an overview of sexual orientation and gender identity, and explore the clinical issues impacting lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, couples, and families, within a systemic perspective.

The second day will address the process family members experience when children are expressing gender nonconforming behavior. The role of family members, service providers, and educational institutions will be discussed, as well as the potential outcomes for children. The discussion will focus on ways for family therapists to work with families to assist children and teens in healthy gender development, regardless of how typical or atypical. 


Thursday, September 29, 2016
15:00 - 17:00 Registration for Institute

Friday, September 30, 2016
08:00-09:00 Registration for Institute
09:00-10.30 Program
10:30-10:45 Recess/Break
10:45-12:00 Program
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:15 Program
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-17:00 Program

Saturday, October 1, 2016
09:00-10.30 Program
10:30-10:45 Recess/Break
10:45-12:00 Program
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:15 Program
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45-17:00 Program
17:00 (5:00 pm) Institute Ends