Categories of masculine and feminine once thought permanent and mutually impermeable have proven to be neither. In this workshop, we’ll explore what gender fluidity means to children, adults, and families, and how we can help our clients embrace and live positively their diverse gender expressions. We’ll also discuss how our well-meaning assumptions about gender may actually constrict not only the growth of our clients, but our own personal and clinical development. Through clinical tapes, movies, and interactive discussions, you’ll acquire skills to differentiate issues relating to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and learn to navigate gracefully the many shades of gray relating to gender.
Jean Malpas, L.M.F.T., is a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. His publications include “From Otherness to Alliance: Transgender Couples in Therapy” in Interventions with Families of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People.