Working with 2SLGBTQ+ Youth in a Clinical Setting (online workshop)

Program Description

NEW: The Working with 2SLGBTQ+ Youth in a Clinical Setting workshop will be offered online via Zoom.

Working with youth in a mental health setting has a number of challenges on its own; adding in the complexities of youth exploring their sexual and gender identities can seem overwhelming. This workshop will review the developmental stages that children go through and how they relate to gender and sexuality. We will discuss the nuances of allowing children to explore their identities versus enforcing societal norms, and the implications of these choices. Learn how to work with families of children who are exploring or questioning their sexuality and gender, and how you can help them navigate these complicated topics.

The workshop will involve a mix of educational information, handouts and take aways, and case application to ensure a well-rounded and robust learning experience.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be better able to:

  1. Understand the developmental process of developing gender and sexual identities in youth
  2. Learn how to help youth navigate their gender and sexual identity and the relationship between the two, in healthy and meaningful ways
  3. Learn how to help parents cope with and support children who are exploring their identities

Here's what the facilitators say about the workshop

Information About The Facilitators

Jennifer Thomson

Jennifer Lane is a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO, specializing in support for the LGBTQ+ community and, in particular, the trans community. Jennifer helps individuals navigate through LGBTQ+-specific issues such as exploring gender and sexual identity, the coming out process, and gender transitioning. She also provides support for non-LGTBQ+-related issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, health and wellness counselling, and more. Jennifer offers individual therapy to adolescents and adults, as well as family and consultation sessions for LGBTQ+ individuals and their family members.

Jennifer has completed extensive training in the treatment of individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, including training in medical transitioning, trans care in the mental health field, creating authentic spaces, and gender and sexuality in youth, among others.

In addition to her therapeutic experience, Jennifer has over 6 years of experience in business and management, including hiring, training, and mentorship. She is a clinical supervisor for both individual, dyadic, and groups, providing guidance and mentorship to therapists at various stages of their career.


Michelle Bridgman is a Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Gender Identity Consultant. She is a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) She co-authored the previous Standards of Care manual for transgender clients and works extensively in this field.

Michelle works with children and adults who are transgender or are struggling with their gender identity, and is a regular commentator in the media. As a keynote speaker she speaks on the Art of Positive Change and on working with children and adults with gender dysphoria.

Program Information


  • OAMHP members - $165 + HST
  • OAMHP Students - $100 + HST
  • Non-Members - $225 +HST
  • Non-Member Students - $175 + HST

CECs: 6

Date: March 24, 2023 at 10:00am – 5:00 pm (EST)

Location:  Online via Zoom

*Please note there is a limit of 55 participants.*


Open until Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (12 pm)

Non OAMHP Members

OAMHP Members can register through the Member's Portal