Sat., Jun. 05 | Webinar

Gender Dysphoria: A Therapeutic model for Children and Adolescence

Time & Location

Jun. 05, 4:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

About the Event

Conference – Gender Dysphoria -A Therapeutic model for working with Children, Adolescents and Young people

About this Event

Talks discussions interaction about this controversial area of  clinical work with two leaders in the field. The emphasis will be on  young children and adolescence having a treatment choice.

A Day Conference

Saturday 5th June 2021

9.30-5pm (GMT)

Gender Dysphoria -A Therapeutic model for working with Children, Adolescents and Young people

Sue Evans & Marcus Evans


chair David Morgan

9.30 Welcome and introductions

9.45-10.30 What has happened here?

The  interaction between the socio-political climate in gender identity and  clinical work with the young person who identifies as trans.

The  ‘Affirmation model’ and how it is interpreted. What is the Memorandum of  Understanding on Conversion therapy?  Evidence base and why we are  struggling to see the full picture. Understanding suicidal risk.


Questions from floor and discussion

11.15-11.30 Break

11.45-12.30 A model for understanding gender dysphoria

A  Therapeutic Model: understanding the pressures from the patient, their  family and society.  How we can think about and explore the symptoms and  presentation of trans- identified children.

12.15-12.45 Questions from floor and discussion.

12.45-1.15 Lunch

1.15-2.45 Conversations

The inherent challenges of the clinical work. Technical difficulties. Concrete thinking: Action versus pressure to act.

Who  are the ‘gender experts’ and why do we refer children onto them? Can  mental health clinicians/psychodynamic therapists assess and work with  children and young people presenting with gender dysphoria.

Followed  by a conversation with a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist  and frontline mental health worker on the issues they encounter in this  area. Clinical case examples.

2.45-3.00 Discussion from the floor.

2.45 – 3.45 Finals session/Plenary. Discussion and feedback.


Susan  Evans: A psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained as a state general  and then psychiatric nurse and worked for nearly 40 years in the NHS,  in a variety of mental health services, including the national gender  identity service for children. She now has a private practice in London.  She is a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, the London  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Service, and is registered with the British  Psychoanalytic Council.

Marcus Evans: Psychoanalyst with the  British Psychoanalytical Society. He worked as a nurse in mental health  services and as an adult psychotherapist in the NHS for forty years. For  several years he was clinical lead of the Adult and Adolescent  Departments at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and head  of nursing in the Trust for 20 years.  He is the author of Making Room  for Madness in Mental Health and Psychoanalytic Thinking in Mental  Health Settings.

Tickets £25

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