Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
127 - Help! Gender Is a Mess at My School: For Teachers, Counselors, & Administrators
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127 - Help! Gender Is a Mess at My School: For Teachers, Counselors, & Administrators

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Adolescence is a natural time for identity exploration. In this episode, Sasha and Stella address the challenges schools face when dealing with students questioning their gender identities. They focus on strategies for finding a balanced approach, honoring students' self-expression, preserving opportunities for further developmental progress and discovery, and respecting family dynamics. They highlight the pressure on schools to quickly respond and adopt policies, often without sufficient evidence of their effectiveness. They discuss the misconception that social transition is the only solution, questioning the long-term efficacy of this intervention and its potential for unintended psychological consequences. The conversation also touches on the fear of suicide, internalized homophobia, and common comorbidities including autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression that could be contributing to the students' experience. This episode offers valuable insights intended to empower educators to provide a nuanced approach, seeking a balance between offering guidance and respecting the multifaceted journey of identity discovery during the adolescent years.

Links:

Suicide by Clinic-Referred Transgender Adolescents in the United Kingdom

Biggs M. Suicide by Clinic-Referred Transgender Adolescents in the United Kingdom. Arch Sex Behav. 2022 Feb;51(2):685-690. doi: 10.1007/s10508-022-02287-7. Epub 2022 Jan 18. PMID: 35043256; PMCID: PMC8888486

https://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/35043256 

Sasha Shares About Her Experience Working as a Middle School Counselor

https://youtu.be/vI54mth3qxs 

A Clinical Guide for Therapists Working with Gender-Questioning Youth

http://www.genderexploratory.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/GETA_ClinicalGuide_2022.pdf 

School Policy: Gender Identity (USA)

https://genspect.org/comprehensive-gender-identity-school-policy-usa/ 

School Policy: Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity (Ireland)

https://genspect.org/school-policy-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-ireland/ 

Brief Guidance For Schools

https://genspect.org/guidance-for-schools/ 

Brief Guidance On Social Transition

https://genspect.org/guidance-on-social-transition/ 

The Secret Gender Files - Substack for Malcolm Richard Clark

https://substack.com/@malcolmrichardclark 

For more information about Sasha’s & Stella’s parent coaching membership groups:

Sasha Ayad: https://inspiredteentherapy.com/parents-start-here 

Stella O’Malley: http://www.stellaomalley.com/parent-coaching

If you liked this episode, more episodes you might find interesting:

Gender & Schools | GWL Episode Playlist

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLngVCeAoK6vs-KvDiVE7QjpBphOg1Ckoi 

We encourage you to bookmark the playlist for future reference as more episodes are added.

Episode 2 - Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria

https://gender-a-wider-lens.captivate.fm/episode/rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria 

Episode 7 - Collective Collusion

https://gender-a-wider-lens.captivate.fm/episode/7-collective-collusion 

Episode 40 - Social Transition: A Powerful Psychosocial Intervention

https://gender-a-wider-lens.captivate.fm/episode/40-social-transition-a-powerful-psychosocial-intervention 

Episode 34 - Gender Dysphoria and Suicide

https://gender-a-wider-lens.captivate.fm/episode/34-gender-dysphoria-suicide 

Episode 45 - Helena Part I: Social Justice, Fandoms & FTM Gay Boys

https://gender-a-wider-lens.captivate.fm/episode/45-helena-part-1-social-justice-fandoms-ftm-gay-boys

Episode 46 - Helena Part II: Advice for Parents from a Former Trans Kid

https://gender-a-wider-lens.captivate.fm/episode/46-helena-part-ii-advice-for-parents-from-a-former-trans-kid

Pre-Order When Kids Say They’re Trans: A Guide for Thoughtful Parents

https://whenkidssaytheyretrans.com/ 

When Kids Say They’re Trans: Weekend of Workshops | September 21-24, 2023

https://whenkidssaytheyretrans.com/weekend-of-workshops

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Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
Therapists Stella O’Malley and Sasha Ayad explore diverse perspectives through a psychological lens, fostering open dialogue on gender identity, transition, and the transgender umbrella. Their work with gender dysphoric clients and unique experiences yield an informed outlook delving into gender's psychological nuances. Interviews with clinicians, academics, transgender individuals, parents, detransitioners, and others touched by gender provide varied insights and intimate inquiry into the taboo yet relevant topic.