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Gender Wellness Initiative

Children's Friend

A group dedicated to creating programming to assist the community in increasing competency around the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth

Workshops

The Gender Wellness Initiative of Childeren's Friend offers several workshops and interactive presentations, geared for various types of audiences. Below are sample descriptions of workshops we currently offer.

Medical Professionals: Youth, Gender, and Sexual Identity
This workshop will provide medical professionals with a general understanding of gender, sex, and sexual orientation, with a specific focus on transgender and gender variant identities. This seminar will prepare medical professionals to create an inclusive practice.

Caregivers: Youth, Gender, and Sexual Identity: How to understand and support our children
This presentation will provide parents and caregivers with a general understanding of gender, sex, and sexual orientation, with a specific focus on transgender and gender variant identities. This presentation will help prepare caregivers to support and communicate with their children around these topics.

Youth: This 45 minute workshop will provide students with a general understanding of gender, sex, and sexual orientation with a specific focus on transgender and gender variant identities.

Educators: Youth, Gender, and Sexual Identity: Our role as accomplices
This workshop will provide teachers and staff with a general understanding of gender, sex, and sexual orientation with a specific focus on transgender and gender variant identities. Becoming an accomplice means being an active member in addressing disparities for these youth, and aspiring to create an equitable community for all. This seminar will allow educators to increase their competency in addressing complex issues related to gender and identity through interactive dialogues centered on how we can become better accomplices with our students.

Mental Health Clinicians: Youth, Gender, and Sexual Identity
This will be an introductory workshop for mental health clinicians focusing on increasing understanding of gender, sex, and sexual orientation, with a specific focus on transgender and gender variant identities. This presentation will help clinicians better understand the needs of this population.

Resources

We have created several resource sheets to increase individuals’ understanding of gender identity, sexual orientation, and the legal process for name and gender marker changes.

We are also able to create specific resource guides that are company/organization specific. We have a general resource guide for educators that includes lesson plans, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Department guidelines, video/books suggestions and much more.

Support Groups

We currently offer a support group for caregivers of transgender and gender variant youth. This is a free support group that is held on the first Tuesday of every month at 20 Cedar St, Worcester MA 01609.

We are in the process of developing curriculum for support groups for transgender and gender variant youth aged 13-20 that will be held in the spring of 2020.

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