All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
The fourth annual GEMS (Gender Education & DeMystification Symposium) Symposium will be held in Atlanta, February 17-19th, 2019. The Save the Date announcement went out in mid-December and registration is now open. 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, February 17th. The conference will begin the next day with a keynote presentation from Aydin and Johanna Olson-Kennedy. Aydin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center. Johanna is a Board-certified Adolescent Medicine physician, specializing in the care of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at USC, and the Medical Director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
This three day conference has thought leaders in the treatment, research and life of Transgender youth, adolescents and adults. This year’s conference is being held in the Southeast and builds upon previous conference information with many new speakers. Speakers include Skyler Jay, from Season 2 of Queer Eye. Skyler is a vivacious transgender activist from the South East. He has worked within, and outside of the LGBTQIA+ community for over a decade to increase visibility, growth, and opportunity for the Transgender community. Niki Khanna MA, AMFT is a therapist and educator. Her focus is working within the Queer, Trans and Intersex communities. She is also a certified Sexual Health Educator and has spent over 20 years working in Sex Education, Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Education as well as Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Education. Additional speakers include S. Bear Bergman, a multiple-award winning writer, storyteller, educator, activist and the founder and publisher of children’s book publisher Flamingo Rampant, which makes feminist, culturally-diverse children’s picture books about LGBTQ+ kids and families., and Dr. Ray Kotwicki, the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail (a nationally acclaimed private, nonprofit residential and day treatment organization for adults with mental illnesses in Atlanta, Georgia). For the most up-to-date conference schedule, please visit the GEMS website.
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, Daniel Fishburn, Rick Pollard, Beck Gee-Cohen, Shayna Abraham, or Sharon Findlay or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.