March 29, 2017

Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition: Book Talk and Signing

On Tuesday, April 4, USJ will host a book talk and signing on the recent publication from Elijah C. Nealy, Ph.D., M.Div., LCSW, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice in Mercy Hall, Crystal Room, First Floor.

The book, Transgender Children and Youth, discusses that as society becomes more understanding of issues around gender diversity, children and adolescents that experience gender dysphoria are coming out to their families and other supportive adults at increasingly younger ages. However, few mental health providers and educators have been trained in areas of gender identity and expression. This book provides an all-in-one guide that covers central topics about transgender identity such as:

  • What is the best vocabulary to use?
  • How does gender identity differ from sexual orientation?
  • How do you handle family issues?

In addition recommendations for assessing children and youth in terms of gender dysphoria and gender diversity, outlines the process of social and medical transition, and offers clinical guidelines for treating these young people and supporting their families.

As an out transgender man, Dr. Nealy has over 25 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in a variety of addiction and mental health settings with adolescents and adults, both residential and outpatient. For 12 years Dr. Nealy worked at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in New York City. At the LGBT Community Center, Dr. Nealy served as the program director for alcohol and drug counseling, then the overall director of mental health services for adolescents and adults, and finally as the Deputy Executive Director of the Center.

The Program will take place from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and will include a reception and book signing. Books will be available for purchase at event. Free and open to the public, but please rsvp so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Christina Flood [email protected] or 860.231.5888.