Gender Basics: A Conference Primer

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT

This session is designed to give participants a foundational understanding of some of the terms and concepts about gender that they will encounter during the conference. Intended for individuals who may be grappling with some of these ideas for the first time, as well as for more experienced participants who may be seeking to hone their own use of gender terminology when speaking with or presenting to others. Workshop will include key terminology, examples of various forms of gender diversity across cultures, and perspectives from gender-expansive youth and their families

Opening Session

Keynote: Harper Jean Tobin, National Center for Transgender Equality

The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey is the largest study ever conducted of trans, genderqueer, and non-binary adults in the United States, with nearly 28,000 participants. As the follow up to the groundbreaking 2008-09 National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), the U.S. Transgender Survey was conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality in the summer of 2015 and saw unprecedented participation. The NTDS report (Injustice at Every Turn) has been the go-to resource for educating the public about trans people. It's shown how many trans people have faced discrimination and other barriers at school, work, in health care, in homeless shelters, in the criminal justice system, as well as many other areas of life. The U.S. Transgender Survey covered an even wider range of topics and will serve as a resource for advocates, policymakers, and the general public for years to come.

Closing Session: Networking Social Hour 

After a full day of rich presentations and discussions, take the time to relax, enjoy some refreshments, and mingle with colleagues, both old and new.  So much of this work depends on having networks of colleagues in other disciplines, and in other geographical locations.  Many conference participants find that networking naturally ushers in conversations about the work that helps integrate the day. 

8:00 - 8:30

8:30 - 9:30

9:45 - 11:00

11:15 - 12:30

12:30 - 2:00

2:00 - 3:15

3:30 - 4:45

​5:00 - 6:00

Gender Basics: A Conference Primer


Workshop 1: Choose among the workshops offered by the various content areas

Workshop 2: Choose among the workshops offered by the various content areas

Networking Lunch

Workshop 3: Choose among the workshops offered by the various content areas

Workshop 4: Choose among the workshops offered by the various content areas

Networking Social Hour

2017 Professional Symposium  

A symposium by and for professionals serving transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families

Continuing Education Credits

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.


Thrilled to be posed with questions and issues that I may not have previously considered or thought about.
-2016 Professional Symposium Attendee

One of the most informative and well organized education symposiums that I have attended in many a year.
-2016 Professional Symposium Attendee

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The following content areas will offer workshops for professionals at all levels of experience. 

  1. Education
  2. Medical
  3. Mental Health
  4. Intersectionality
  5. Legal & Faith
  6. Multidisciplinary & Research

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2016 Schedule