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Adolescent Psychiatry


ISSN (Print): 2210-6766
ISSN (Online): 2210-6774

Review Article

Working with Schools to Support Trans Youth: Seen, Safe and Supported

Author(s): Joel Baum*

Volume 12, Issue 3, 2022

Published on: 15 August, 2022

Page: [230 - 243] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/2210676612666220507011156

Price: $65


Background: As one of the primary places of socialization for a young person, school is a critical part of any transgender student’s life. Mental health providers can play a fundamental role supporting these vulnerable young people as they navigate the hallways and classrooms of their schools.

Objective: This article provides mental health personnel with information and resources for supporting transgender youth in the school setting.

Methods: Some general principles for working effectively with educational institutions serving transgender youth are provided. In addition, three critical tools are introduced for maximizing conditions for a successful experience at school for these students.

Results: Educational institutions have adopted a range of specific structures found effective in anticipating and managing various issues a transgender child may encounter at school. These include structured approaches for initial discussions with school officials about a child’s gender, and Gender Support Plans and Gender Communication Plans designed to codify ways a school will support a student around their emerging gender status. Awareness of these resources will help mental health providers effectively partner with patients and their families as they navigate educational institutions.

Conclusion: For many transgender and other gender diverse students, the day-today tumult of school can be a source of great anxiety and concerns that they have no control over their circumstances. Using gender support and gender communication plans can diminish these feelings. Mental health providers must have a firm understanding of these plans and their implementation to provide the necessary support for gender diverse students.

Keywords: Gender support team, school safety, trans youth, anxiety, mental health, socialization.

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