Spring Half Day Virtual Conference – March 18th – Supporting transgender and gender diverse youth and their families: medical, social and legal considerations


Approval #: 2022-074

Course Title: AFCC MN Chapter: Spring Half Day Virtual Conference – Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth and Their Families: Medical, Social and Legal Considerations This approved program may be used to satisfy the Ethics CE requirement for LMFTs.

Approved CE Hours: 4 hours

Approved Cultural Competency, Ethics & Supervision Hours: 4 Ethics

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Date: March 18th, 2022

Location: Virtual

8:00 am – Registration/Networking
8:15 – Introductions
8:30-10:00 – Part 1Support Without Steering:  Gender Identity Development in Children, and Talking with Kids & Families about Gender
10:00-10:15 – Q&A
10:15-10:30 – Break
10:30-11:30 – Part 2Evidence Based Approaches to Parenting Transgender and Non-Binary Kids
11:30-11:40 – Q&A
11:40-11:50 – Break
11:50-12:50 – Part 3Gender Identity Issues in the Context of Co-Parenting
12:50 – 1:00 – Q&A

CLE/CEU Credit to be applied for

Supporting transgender and gender diverse youth and their families: medical, social and legal considerations

Professionals who work with families involved in legal matters are finding discussions and decisions around gender diversity and transgender youth surfacing more and more in their cases. In this Spring AFCC Half Day Conference, we have two honorable professionals, Dr. Jenifer McGuire and Dr. Angela Goepferd, providing education, resources, and tools to best support healthy family environments around gender and sexual identity.

Dr. Jenifer McGuire is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota who dedicates her research to support the development of common understanding about equity in gender and sexual identity.

Dr. Angela Goepferd is the Medical Director of Children’s Minnesota Gender Health Program and a pediatrician in the Children’s Minneapolis Primary Care clinic, who also commits her profession to promote child well-being in gender-related healthcare.

They have put their expertise together to create an exceptional experience for AFCC Members to learn about transgender youth and gender diversity when working with families. With topics ranging from medical interventions to working with unsupportive parents, you will be enlightened on what is necessary to provide the best service to promote healthy family functioning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe gender identity development in children and adolescents (including relevant terminology)
  2. Discuss strategies for talking to kids about gender at various developmental stages
  3. Outline options for medical intervention for transgender youth in the context of age and developmental stage
  4. Review the concept of a “family gender environment” and how this impacts transgender and gender diverse youth
  5. Discuss strategies for working with the “unsupportive parent” in the context of family mediation
  6. Illustrate best practices for supporting family decision making and school decision making with families of transgender and gender diverse youth
  7. Describe how to support families in a divorce context when one of the children is transgender or gender diverse


Jenifer K. McGuire, PhD, MPH is Professor of Family Social Science and Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota. She earned a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies in 2003, an MPH in 2001, and an MS in Family Studies in 1998, all from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the role of gender identity and sexual orientation in health, well-being and family relationships.  Her research examines how social contexts like schools and families influence the well-being of trans and gender non-conforming young people. Her current focus is on a broad spectrum of gender identity development and family relationships among transgender and genderqueer identified youth and young adults.

Angela Kade Goepferd, MD (She/They)
Chief Education Officer, Chief of Staff, pediatrician in the Children’s Minneapolis Primary Care clinic and medical director of Children’s Gender Health Program

Dr. Goepferd is the Chief Education Officer for Children’s Minnesota, Chief of Staff, pediatrician in the Children’s Minneapolis Primary Care clinic and medical director of Children’s Gender Health Program. Dr. Goepferd has been with Children’s for 16 years, and in that time has been an advocate for advancing equitable healthcare for all children. Dr. Goepferd is a leader in the LGBTQ community who is driving equitable care for LGBTQ youth, particularly transgender and gender diverse youth and is a sought-after speaker and trainer on these topics. They were a member of the LGBT Standards of Care Advisory board, developing the first healthcare standards for LGBT people in the state of Minnesota, a recipient of one of the inaugural Business of Pride awards from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2018 and winner of a special recognition award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2019 for their advocacy and education about caring for LGBTQ youth. Dr. Goepferd has been named a Top Doctor by both Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Monthly for the last several years and gave their first TED talk, “The Revolutionary Truth about Kids and Gender Identity” at TEDx Minneapolis in 2020.