All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
The third annual GEMS (Gender Education & DeMystification Symposium) Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City February 21st - 23rd, 2018, moving from the east coast. The "Save the Date" announcement went out in mid-November and registration will open on December 1, 2017. The event is designed to offer a clinical and educational perspective regarding gender identity for the Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare Industry. The three day event begins with a pre-conference workshop being put on by Beck Gee-Cohen, consultant and trainer specializing in the intersections of gender, sexuality, addiction and trauma, and Encircle, LGBTQ+ and Family & Youth Resource Center. All money from the pre-conference will be donated to Encircle. The keynote speaker, Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist who is the Director of Mental Health and founding member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center from University of California San Francisco.
This three day conference has thought leaders in the treatment, research and life of Transgender youth, adolescents and adults. "Utah is an exciting location not just because of the volume of treatment programs there, but because there are several programs working with adolescents who are transgender, and therefore, thought-provoking dialog will occur, " said John Singleton, owner of Whetstone Academy (NC) and Founder of GEMS event. With the pre-conference workshop on February 21, the conference officially begins on Thursday, February 22. Speakers include Ryan Sallans, International Transgender Speaker, Consultant, Publisher and Author of Second Son and Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, program director for Pediatric Endocrinology, director of the Endocrine Clinics, co-director of the Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) Clinic and co-founder of the Pediatric Diabetes Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He is also a professor of clinical pediatrics at UCSF. Additional speakers include Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW ACSW, Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides psychotherapy for gender nonconforming and transgender youth, adults and their families, and Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC. For the most up-to-date conference schedule, please visit the GEMS website.
"The conference has grown year after year, and we expect the same this year since Gender Identity is an important topic for referents, providers and all professionals in our industry, " said Singleton. The symposium will offer CEUs through the NBCC this year. Click here to register. If there are any questions, please reach out to any of the GEMS committee Judi Jacques, John Singleton, Barb Cunningham, Daniel Fishburn, Rick Pollard, Beck Gee-Cohen, Shayna Abraham, or Sharon Findlay or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Gender Education & DeMystification Symposium (GEMS)
The Gender Education and DeMystification Symposium (GEMS) is an annual event designed to offer a clinical and educational perspective regarding gender identity. GEMS is a 501(c)(3) in the state of Georgia. This symposium began in 2016.