Gender Dysphoria:A Therapeutic model for Children, Adolescents&Young People

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Conference – Gender Dysphoria -A Therapeutic model for working with Children, Adolescents and Young people

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Talks discussions interaction about this controversial area of clinical work with two leaders in the field. The emphasis will be on young children and adolescence having a treatment choice.

The confrence wil be recorded and available to registrants who cannot attend due to it being GMT

A Day Conference 

Saturday 5th June 2021 


Gender Dysphoria -A Therapeutic model for working with Children, Adolescents and Young people


Sue Evans & Marcus Evans


Chair David Morgan

9.30 Welcome and introductions

 9.45-10.30 What has happened here?

The interaction between the socio-political climate in gender identity and clinical work with the young person who identifies as trans. 

The ‘Affirmation model’ and how it is interpreted. What is the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion therapy? Evidence base and why we are struggling to see the full picture. Understanding suicidal risk.


Questions from floor and discussion

 11.15-11.30 Break

 11.45-12.30 A model for understanding gender dysphoria

A Therapeutic Model: understanding the pressures from the patient, their family and society. How we can think about and explore the symptoms and presentation of trans- identified children.

12.15-12.45 Questions from floor and discussion.

 12.45-1.15 Lunch

 1.15-2.45 Conversations

The inherent challenges of the clinical work. Technical difficulties. Concrete thinking: Action versus pressure to act.

Who are the ‘gender experts’ and why do we refer children onto them? Can mental health clinicians/psychodynamic therapists assess and work with children and young people presenting with gender dysphoria.

Followed by a conversation with a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist and frontline mental health worker on the issues they encounter in this area. Clinical case examples.

2.45-3.00 Discussion from the floor. 

2.45 – 3.45 Finals session/Plenary. Discussion and feedback.


Susan Evans: A psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained as a state general and then psychiatric nurse and worked for nearly 40 years in the NHS, in a variety of mental health services, including the national gender identity service for children. She now has a private practice in London. She is a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, the London Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Service, and is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Marcus Evans: Psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. He worked as a nurse in mental health services and as an adult psychotherapist in the NHS for forty years. For several years he was clinical lead of the Adult and Adolescent Departments at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and head of nursing in the Trust for 20 years.  He is the author of Making Room for Madness in Mental Health and Psychoanalytic Thinking in Mental Health Settings.

David Morgan is a Psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society, Training Analyst with the BPA BPF, he also organises events and chairs The Political Mind Seminars IOPA https://psychoanalysis.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=1099&reset=1

He is editor of The Unconscious in Social and Political Life and A Deeper Cut. Further Explorations. (Phoenix Books).

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