This program will address variations of childhood and adolescent gender identity and behavior: feelings of being male, female, or in-between, and behaviors that are not typical for males or females according to society. This will include discussion of the psychiatric disorder called gender dysphoria in DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, 5th Edition), and proposals for the diagnosis of gender incongruence in ICD-11, due out in 2017. The presentation will review the nature, background, and history of gender identity/gender role, its variations, and its various diagnostic categorizations, and will examine controversies around the psychiatric diagnoses. The presentation will cover and will describe various terminologies for gender identity and their definitions (such as cross-gender, gender atypical, gender spectrum, cisgender, and gender queer). This workshop will also focus upon natural history, assessment, and treatment approaches for gender variant youth including recent professional guidelines, as well as addressing controversies regarding attempts to change gender identity and the use of medication to halt puberty, hormones, and surgery for adolescents. Cases and video examples will illustrate the issues.
Richard R. Pleak, M.D., is an international authority on gender identity and gender variance in children, adolescents, and adults. He is a member and past chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Committee of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Co-Chair on AACAP’s HIV Issues Committee, and a member of the Work Force on Gender Dysphoria of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and has led the Task Force on Childhood Diagnoses for WPATH. Dr. Pleak is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of Education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York. He has published primarily in the areas of gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Pleak teaches at Hofstra and at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Sciences, CUNY.This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. *According to NYSED, in order to award social work clock hours; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”*