Is there a wrong way to be trans? Engaging trans youth and their families around internalized stigma

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While trans people of all ages often internalize transphobic stigma, trans and gender-expansive youth are particularly affected by their families’ explicit and implicit beliefs about trans people. This workshop will identify ways that implicit stigma circulates in families of trans youth, describe case examples, and discuss how to engage families around stigma and trans respectability.

Learning objectives

1. Attendees will be able to define the concept of internalized stigma and learn about current research on the mental health impacts of internalized stigma. 2. Attendees will be able to recognize possible signs of internalized trans stigma with clients. 3. Attendees will leave this session with examples and tools for applying the concept of internalized stigma to clinical work with trans youth and their families.

About the presenters

Anemone Schlotterbeck

Anemone Schlotterbeck, LMSW, is a social worker in Mazzoni’s Pediatric & Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Services (PACTS) program, part of the Gender Affirming Services Team. Originally from Central Maine, Anemone received her MSS in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. Prior to returning to Philadelphia, Anemone lived in Austin, Texas, where she was the Lead Clinician of Transgender Wellness at the KIND Clinic, Clinical Social Worker at Out Youth, and on the Board of the Central Texas Trans Health Coalition.

Anna Kiesnowski

Anna is a licensed social worker and supervises the Gender Affirming Services programs. Anna has had experience working with adolescents, young adults, groups, and families in diverse clinical and healthcare settings. Anna is a firm believer that all relationships matter and she works to cultivate meaningful connections to clients, community, and beyond. Anna specializes in working with transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) identified young people, as well as providing support and guidance to their families and caregivers.