All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
In February, a Shortridge Academy student and his parents served on panel presentations “Reflections On Being In Youth Programs” and “Parenting the Trans/NB child,” at the Annual GEMS (Gender Education DeMystification Symposium) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. GEMS is an annual event designed to offer a clinical and educational perspective regarding gender identity. Educational Consultants, clinicians, educators, and administrators from schools and programs nationwide attend to learn and shape the conversation regarding gender awareness and acceptance.
While Shortridge Academy has always sought to be an inclusive environment for its students, in 2018, through internal policy and external communication, administrators more formally clarified that Shortridge was welcoming to gender fluid and LGBTQIA students. Clinicians participate in ongoing training in gender and sexuality issues and the community has regular discussions regarding kindness, openness and diversity. Consistent with the tenets of the Positive Youth Development philosophy, input from the student and family is strongly considered when determining dorm placements for transgender students, and Shortridge students have organized a regular trip to a local LGBTQIA support group.
“We are proud of “J” who so thoughtfully participated on the panels, and we are proud of our community, that is continuously developing a safe and more affirming environment for LGBTQIA students.” - Audrey Everson, MS, MA, LMHC, Assistant Clinical Director
If you would like more information about Shortridge Academy clinical services, please contact Clinical Director, Christina Smalley at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Shortridge Academy
Shortridge Academy is a private co-ed Therapeutic Boarding School, founded in 2002, emphasizing challenging yet supportive college prep academics within a therapeutic community. Located in southeastern New Hampshire with close proximity to both the seacoast and the mountains, Shortridge’s setting and Positive Youth Development model provides students with an ideal environment to further develop their sense of self and strengthen family relationships in an intellectually stimulating learning environment reflective of a traditional boarding school.