Conference Stream: Practice. Connect. Celebrate
Presenter: Elizabeth Riley
Presentation Title: One size does not fit all: Diversity of needs of transgender youth
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 12:00
Duration: 30 mins
Professionals inexperienced in trans* support may aim to fit individuals into a category, practice gate-keeping or choose to deny support to those who don’t meet their expectations all the while claiming to be accepting. How a client chooses to present, behave, live, partner, etc., and make decisions is not the choice of the clinician but of the client. Biases and expectations regarding clients’ needs may mislead practitioners towards directing clients down a particular path. Exploration of the many ‘gendered’ attributes, activities and language enables practitioners to identify a clients’ unique needs and challenges allowing for a truly inclusive approach. This presentation highlights the variations in presentations of transgender clients in order to counter the one size fits all approach.