Professional Resources for the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic

We are strongly committed to supporting the health, well-being and success of our patients in the various settings where they spend their lives. To do this, the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic (GSD Clinic) is partnering with medical professionals and schools to provide insight and training that will increase transgender competent healthcare and create more supportive school environments.

In medicine

Many pediatricians have shared with us that when they learn they have a transgender child or youth in their practice, they want to do more to ensure the best care experience for the patient and their family.

The GSD Clinic:

  • Reviews best practices and policy guidelines to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and families in a healthcare setting
  • Offers tailored consultation and training on how best to provide specific medical care for transgender patients

In 2017, we conducted trainings for more than 500 care providers both in and outside Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Care Network.

Video Resources

  • Medical and Psychiatry Support: Watch a 60-minute webinar hosted by Adolescent Specialty Care Provider, Dr. Zachary McClain, and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Anderson Stills, discussing guidelines for medical transition and psychiatry support.
  • K-12 Grade School Support: Education Coordinator, Samantha King works alongside school districts to help support students transition and create gender inclusive environments. During this talk, Samantha will cover best practices for supporting for transgender students, educational challenges for LGBTQ students, and the framework for creating gender inclusive school environments.
  • Sexual Health and Education: Sexuality is often a component that is missed when working with TGNC clients. Providers might make assumptions about their client’s sexuality or feel ill-equipped to navigate questions and support regarding sexual health. In this webinar, sexuality educator and consultant, Erica Smith will review common misconceptions on sexuality topics for TGNC clients and how providers can create open and supportive spaces for TGNC clients to express and discuss their sexual health. This webinar is intended for a professional audience working with adult patients.

LGBTQ Education Program

The goal of this LGBTQ education program is to provide a baseline understanding of terminology and concepts related to care of patients in the LGBTQ community, and to empower hospital staff to provide the best possible care for this patient population. The program was designed to meet the needs identified in a 2018 survey of clinicians and other patient care associates about their knowledge base and comfort discussing gender and sexuality with pediatric patients.

The modules utilize a blended learning method with audio, visual content, and cognitive checks. After completion of the education program, please complete the survey.

  1. Introduction
  2. Crisis in the ED
  3. Youth in Crisis
  4. Practicing Apologies
  5. Where is Dad?
  6. Names Are Important

In schools

In addition to facing challenges in healthcare, transgender youth face high rates of bullying and harassment in school — which often leads to missed educational opportunities. With grant support from a local family foundation, the GSD Clinic has formalized its Safe Schools curriculum and is tracking outcomes for the program.

Through the Safe Schools program, GSD Clinic staff work with individual schools and school districts to provide trainings to administrators, staff and teachers to improve the classroom environment for transgender students. When school leadership commits to the support and inclusion of transgender students, the result is reduced depression and anxiety among transgender and gender-expansive youth, and they are more likely to remain in school.

Since the GSD Clinic opened, each year we receive 40 to 50 requests for school trainings — and the requests for in-depth assistance continue to rise. Trainings include small staff consultation, school- or district-wide workshops. In 2017, we completed 33 trainings in 15 schools; reaching more than 1,500 educators.

Trainings for school administrators and staff include information on:

  • Understanding gender identity in the context of child development

  • Establishing trans-inclusive policies

  • Identifying ways to reduce gender-categorized classroom activities and projects
  • Clarifying what bullying and harassment looks and sounds like for transgender students
  • Establishing accountability plans that will reward students and teachers who put a stop to harassment

Staff who have received our trainings report increased ability to support transgender students and improvement in overall acceptance for gender diversity in the school environment.

Additionally, families tell us they are comforted by staff and students knowing how to be supportive of transgender students and increased accountability in the school community.

In the community

In addition to formalized programs for medical professionals and school staff, the GSD Clinic also offers training and outreach to community groups, including recreation centers, churches, synagogues, sports teams and after-school programs, interested in collaborating on ways to increase awareness and better support transgender youth.

Empowering transgender youth

A Q&A session with Linda Hawkins, PhD, MSEd, LPC; and Nadia Dowshen, MD, MSHP about empowering transgender and gender diverse youth

Contact us

To discuss training opportunities for your institution or group, please contact Samantha King, education coordinator, at or 267-426-5980.

The Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at CHOP has been an invaluable resource for our faculty, staff and parents. By collaborating with them, we have created a more inclusive and caring community for all of our students and their families.

— Philadelphia School Counselor