Presenter: Melissa Dellens, MA, AMFT

Date/Time: November 13, 2022 10am-5pm Pacific with a one hour lunch break

6 CEs

Presenter: Melissa Dellens, MA, AMFT

Date/Time: November 6, 2022 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Pacific with a one hour lunch break and 2 15-minute breaks

6 CEs


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Gender dysphoria in teenagers can be complicated by unaccepting parents and family, lack of access to affirming medical care, and anxieties about the cultural and political conversations directed toward transgender and nonbinary (TGNB) identities. Even when a family is accepting of their teen’s gender identity, there can still be conflicts in priorities around transition planning. Therapists may struggle to find clarity in their roles as clinician, advocate, and educator when working with teenage clients. Working with TGNB teen clients present specific challenges such as navigating the coming out process and planning for social, medical, and legal transitions. These added challenges can amplify the inherent or “normal” struggles of emotional teenage development. Additionally, unconscious conflicts in family dynamics can arise in the process. Affirmative therapists have the opportunity to not only support a TGNB teenager come into their own identity, they can assist families in gaining increased awareness of essential communication skills and teamwork. In this six hour virtual, live, collaborative lecture, participants will explore their roles in transference/countertransference dynamics, examine key concepts of psychoeducation for parents and families, and apply knowledge of community and medical resources to benefit TGNB teenage clients.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe common minority stressors TGNB teens may experience in coming out and transition planning.
  • Utilize transference/countertransference dynamics that arise between therapist and client to broaden a client’s understanding of specific conflicts and challenges they experience.
  • Discuss common external conflicts TGNB teenagers experience in their families and the role the therapist plays in joining these dynamics.
  • Compile local community and medical resources to assist families with the client’s coming out and social transition process

Melissa Dellens, M.A.

About the Presenter

Melissa Dellens (she/they) works with teens and young adults with intersectional identities as an associate marriage and family therapist in private practice. She offers her understanding of collective trauma, community stressors, and political advocacy through publications and education. Melissa earned her Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles with an emphasis in Applied Community Psychology and completed the one year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.

Additional Information

Instruction Level
This course is meant for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Who should Attend
Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and social workers working with LGBTQIA+ adolescents.

Live, virtual two hour presentation with the opportunity for interaction with the presenter. This course will be available as a recorded homestudy approximately two weeks after the event.

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Completion Requirements

Live Event

  • To get CE credit for the live event, you need to be present for the entire course.
  • You will be asked to sign in and out in the chat box in order to track attendance during breaks.
  • We will email you your certificate of attendance within 48 hours of the course.
  • This presentation will be recorded and available as a homestudy approximately two weeks after the live event.
  • Your active participation will contribute and enhance the learning of participants that complete the recorded homestudy version.

home Study

  • You will need to take the post-test with at least a 80% score in order to receive your certificate for a homestudy course.

Financial Support

Presenters are compensated by the Affirmative Couch for the courses they teach. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

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The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with the event date and “accommodation request” in the subject line. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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