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Digital Seminar

Family Systems Approach to Gender Affirmative Care: Foster Gender Wellness in Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Expansive Youth and Their Families

J. Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jun 30, 2022
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This recording will provide a deeper understanding of gender expansive children and youth within a family systems approach to care. Through case examples, hands on skills, and didactic learning, you’ll learn to apply:

  • Gender and identity development theories in client care
  • Family systems when treating youth in and out of home care or other kinship and communal parenting models
  • Gender Affirmative Model of Care and Cohen’s Intersectional Gender Care Model
  • Internal Family Systems to foster gender wellness

This session can support cross disciplines offering foundational concepts of gender identity and offers advanced mental health-based case consultation for seasoned and early career clinicians alike.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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J. (Jessie) Rose Cohen, LCSW, (they/them/theirs), is a Trans-Nonbinary identified clinician who has worked with children, youth, families and adults for over two decades. Trained at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, J. serves as Director of Community-based Clinical Services and Training for the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC), Director of Pierce Street Counseling Center at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Group Consultant/Guest Lecturer for the Palo Alto University LGBTQI+ Academy, and as a Psychotherapist and Gender Consultant in Private Practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. J. co-authored chapters in Affirming and Inclusive Mental Health Care for Transgender and Nonbinary Young People (Kattari, et al., 2020) and Working with TGNC Primary Caregivers and Family Concerns Across the Lifespan (Singh and Dickey, 2017).  J. provides consultation and training nationally on gender competence including child welfare, schools, institutions and agencies.  J. is a founding member of the UCSF, CAGC Mind The Gap group.  J. has served on surgery review boards, designed multispecialty clinics and worked with hundreds of children/youth and families in gender affirming care.  J. works from a trauma healing (internal family systems), anti-bias, family systems and gender affirming framework and is dedicated to furthering the field to support clinicians in authentic self-led practice, and interrupting practices that do not serve all people. J. is most proud of being a parent, an adoptee and the first person to attend college in their family. They love their kids, kindness, being in nature and near water and all the dogs!


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jessie Cohen maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the Rainbow Community Center. They receive a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. They have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jessie Cohen is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.


  1. Demonstrate applications of gender identity, gender expression and gender development from early childhood through young adulthood.
  2. Practice applications of Cohen’s Intersectional Gender Care Model and the Gender Affirmative Care Model with children and youth.
  3. Develop competencies to support and engage families and caregiving systems with gender-expansive children and youth.
  4. Integrate models of care discussed and affirming care practices to case studies.


  • Gender Affirmative Model of Care within a Family Systems Framework
    • Application for children, youth and families
  • Challenge Binary and Heteronormative Frames
    • Understand youth in the context of gender identity
  • Strengthen Foundational Concepts and Distinct Variables
    • Gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
  • Consultation on Differential Diagnosis
    • Complex mental health, trauma, developmental variables
    • Where they are independent and related to gender
  • Gender dysphoria and euphoria
    • Way to increase protective factors
  • Limitations of Research and Potential Risks

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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