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Supporting Very Young Trans Clients and Their Families: Evidence-Informed Gender Affirming Principles of Care

Susan Radzilowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW
1 Hour 34 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jun 30, 2022
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In this recording, view Susan as she addresses concerns that are especially relevant to the very young transgender child or gender diverse child, as well as the child’s parents or guardians. You'll get an overview of developmental and clinical concerns that are critical to providing mental health support to the young gender diverse child, in the context of the family. You’ll learn:

  • Age and developmentally appropriate characteristics that affirm young client’s gender
  • Barriers to care such as provider bias, laws that criminalize the support of gender affirming care, parent concerns, and other inaccurate/incorrect beliefs that impede access to care
  • Overtly/covertly harmful as well as supportive parent behaviours
  • Parent strategies to prepare for potential challenges by law enforcement or by another relative

Research has confirmed that there are very important variables that influence social and mental health outcomes of this young population. Parent support for the transgender child is strongly aligned with better health, mental health, and educational outcomes. Don’t miss this must-see session!


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Susan Radzilowski, MSW, ACSW, LMSW, has practiced in mental health and educational environments for over 30 years and holds a certificate in gender identity and clinical concerns. She has a private practice in Michigan and is a part time faculty in the school of social work at The University of Michigan and at Wayne State University. Susan consults and trains on issues related to working with transgender youth for the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services, NASW, Michigan State University, Michigan Medicine, Wayne State University, The University of Michigan, local school districts, and PESI, Inc. She facilitates a free monthly pediatric gender consult group online for mental health providers.

Susan has published several articles on clinical and ethical issues of providing social work services to the transgender youth and is a contributing author to One Teacher in Ten in The New Millennium (Beacon Press). She was the founding co-chair of GLSEN SE Michigan Chapter (pronounced glisten; formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network); is a past member of the GLSEN National Advisory Committee; and has been a member of the NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee since 2010.

Susan is the parent of a transgender adult who came out in 2005, at age 15. Her experience as a parent of a trans youth inspired her to shift her professional focus to working with transgender youth and facilities and training professionals to improve access to competent, compassionate care.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Susan Radzilowski maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and the Wayne State University School of Social Work. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and consulting fee from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Susan Radzilowski serves on the NASW Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC).


  1. Determine at least three characteristics of very young transgender children.
  2. Assess for three major clinical concerns that may impact very young transgender children.
  3. Analyze case studies of 2 harmful/supportive parent behaviours and 2 helpful/unsupportive parent behaviours.
  4. Create a mock safe folder and apply it to clinical practice.


  • From an Affirming Lens
  • Principles of Gender Affirming Care for Young Children (including misperceptions)
  • Risk and Protective Factors relevant to very young transgender children
  • Parent Counselling and psychoeducation
  • 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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