Working therapeutically with young people exploring their gender
You don’t need to be a ‘specialist’ in order to help young people who are exploring their gender. In fact, following the assessment process, most of the therapeutic input is provided outside of GIDS, usually in CAMHS. Where possible we ask local CAMHS to stay involved alongside our team. When this happens GIDS clinicians are always available for liaison about specific cases.
Our service has developed some primary therapeutic aims (See Our Values and Ethos) which we have used to guide our work. Clinical work with young people can take a variety of formats, including one-to-one sessions or increasingly group work where other young people alongside professionals can provide support. Follow this link for more ideas about how to work with young people and gender.
Guidance for schools
We work closely with schools to find ways to enable transgender or gender-questioning young people to thrive in education. Here are some useful resources for educators that provide examples of good practice of this work
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust runs a number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and introductory courses. They offer a broad spectrum of short courses and events that deliver high-quality Continuing Professional Development.