Working together with families of gender diverse youth from different contexts and cultures – a multi-disciplinary, multi service workshop

Sarah Davidson

Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah has over 10 years experience as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service.  In that time she has been research active, established young persons' parents' and stakeholder groups and lead on the family days and transitions to adult services across the UK.  She also provides twice yearly consultation to the service in Belfast which covers Northern Ireland - Knowing Our Identities.

Frederike Kienzle

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Zurich

Frederike works currently as a Consultant of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in outpatient clinic service of the Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland. She is part of the clinical service for gender identity of this institution and has supported various children and adolescents with gender dysphoria during the last years. Frederike has specialized also in transcultural psychiatry and psychotherapy for about 8 years now. She is connecting this background to the topic of gender variance. 

Anna Hames

Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Anna is a Clinical Psychologist with ten years experience of working with young people with diverse needs including physical health conditions and different gender identity presentations.  In addition to her clinical psychology training she has completed further post-graduate training in Systemic Family Therapy.  She is research active and currently leads on parents' groups.


Extensive research has focused on the nurturing and protective role of families in general and family connections have been shown to be protective against major health risk behaviours (Resnick et al, 1997). Transgender youth... [ view full abstract ]


The workshop will feature presentations based on the literature, clinical case reports and service delivery models. The presenters will share how they create different contexts for change and reflect on multiple... [ view full abstract ]


This multidisciplinary workshop is designed to provide a discursive space. Our discussions will be informed by the systemic model of service delivery and the inclusion of families from the outset. The network model used by... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

We will refer to both qualitative and quantitative outcome measures from the standard battery which is used in all 3 clinics.Qualitative and quantitative data from feedback forms and service evaluation measures will also be used. [ view full abstract ]


The presentations will highlight the challenges and opportunities of working with families of gender diverse children and young people and the agencies that support them. We reflect on our range of existing models of family... [ view full abstract ]


This multi-disciplinary workshop is designed to stimulate thinking and discussion about the design of our services and how we can meet the needs of families with gender diverse children and adolescents from different cultures... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Sarah Davidson (Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)
  2. Frederike Kienzle (Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Zurich)
  3. Katrin Lehmann (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)
  4. Alanna Kierans (Belfast Health & Social Care Trust)
  5. Anna Hames (Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)

Topic Area

Topics: Working with families of trans persons


MW-2B » Working Together with Families of Gender Diverse Youth (16:00 - Friday, 7th April, Adriatic)