Providing Quality Care for Trans Youth in Residential and Other Complex Care Settings

  • 11 Mar 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar


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Providing Quality Care for Trans Youth in Residential and Other Complex Care Settings

March 11th            11am-1pm CST

Providers of residential treatment as well as other complex care settings such as crisis care, treatment foster care, and outpatient care for youth with complex comorbidities and trauma histories are experts in serving youth facing many different kinds of challenges. The increasing visibility of gender diverse youth, including binary and nonbinary transgender or gender diverse youth deserves attention from providers, who may find themselves lacking resources particular to the challenges these youth face while also having a strong desire to support these youth. Board members Pete Myers and Mira Jourdan have presented internationally on this topic. They will share best practices in serving trans and gender diverse youth as well as sharing Dr. Myers’ experiences from serving this population at the Orthogenic School. Opportunities for ongoing provider growth and training in this area, new kinds of alliances in the community that can strengthen services, and future challenges for gender diverse youth will be discussed. As always, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and share challenges webinar participants are facing in their programs.


-Mira Jourdan:

Dr. Mira Jourdan is the current President of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44) and a Board Advisor to the Association of Children’s Residential Centers, as well as a member of the board of Ikus Life Enrichment Services, serving disabled people in West Michigan in camping, skill building, and community living settings. She is an adjunct professor in psychiatry at Michigan State University and previously oversaw outpatient and residential services for autism and developmental disability populations.

-Pete Myers:

Pete Myers, PsyD has been Co-Executive Director of the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at University of Chicago and is now the school’s Clinical Director and Director of its emerging young adult program The Brooke Whitted Center. . The majority of his clinical work has been at the Orthogenic School in a variety of roles from being a direct care counselor to his current positions. He has worked as a psychometrician, crisis interventionist at a local emergency room, and out-patient family therapist. His doctoral training included working at a large half-way house for chronically mental ill adults, Cook County Jail’s psychiatric unit, and a state operated psychiatric hospital in Manhattan in New York City. He also taught at Northeastern Illinois University Psychology Department and is teaching and the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.  The Orthogenic School’s program are committed to ensuring it students, participants, families, and staff members are affirmed and cared for in ways that respect each person unique life experiences and characteristics, including race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and economic status.