Queering the Body: Body Image and Gender Expansive Adolescents and Young Adults

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This interactive workshop will address the unique clinical needs of transgender and gender expansive (TGE) college students experiencing body image disturbances and eating disorder behaviors. We will explore the role of gender dysphoria and trauma from gender minority stressors in the development of eating disorders, provide several case vignettes, and share our gender affirmative model for treating our TGE clients.

Learning objectives

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the interaction between gender dysphoria, gender minority stressors, and eating disorders; and 2. Apply the gender-affirmative approach to traditional therapeutic practices for working with body image and disordered eating.

About the presenters

Kayti Protos, MSW, LCSW

Kayti Protos is the Assistant Director and Clinical Coordinator for Bucks Support Services, which includes three specialty private practice programs: Bucks LGBTQ Center, Bucks Eating Support Collaborative and Bucks Recovery Center. She specializes at the intersection of trauma, eating disorder, addiction and LGBTQ+ identities. She earned her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University and is pursuing her DSW at Rutgers with research interests centering on the unique challenges facing transgender and gender expansive clients with eating disorders.

Heidi Dalzell, PsyD, CEDS, CCTP

Dr. Heidi J. Dalzell, PsyD, CEDS, CCTP, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. She is the co-director of the Bucks Eating Support Collaborative and Bucks LGBTQ Center. Dr. Dalzell brings 20+ years of experience to these roles. Dr. Dalzell graduated summa cum laude from Immaculata University, where she completed her research on early trauma. She holds an Ed.M. from Temple University. Dr. Dalzell has a busy private practice specializing in eating disorders and has a particular interest in the intersection between eating disorders, trauma and LGBT concerns

Stacy K. Hunt, Ph.D

Dr. Stacy Hunt, Co-Director at Bucks ESC and Bucks LGBTQ Center, as well as Newtown Sports Psychology.  She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Sport Psychologist in Newtown, PA. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, as well as from California State University at Dominguez Hills. Dr. Hunt serves on the board for the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.