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Foundations of Gender Inclusion



This workshop was presented on
February 7, 2023






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This workshop is designed to establish basic understanding of gender diversity and applications for professional practice. Through direct presentation, video clips of youth and others talking about gender, and group reflection and discussion, this workshop takes participants through basic gender concepts and terminology. With this solid background in place, the session describes concrete methods for applying the lens of gender diversity to mental health, social work, and child welfare practices and contexts.


Learners will:

  • Recognize and identify social and historical factors leading to the gender binary as the predominant model of gender in mainstream US society
  • Understand and be able to describe gender congruence and the three dimensions of gender
  • Examine their own gender experiences and be able to articulate their impact on their work with young people, colleagues, and community
  • Articulate multiple data points about the relationship between gender and youth health and wellness
  • Distinguish gender affirming vs. non-affirming parenting practices
  • Determine strategic approaches for working with parents/caregivers struggling with their child’s gender


Who should attend: Staff of family resource centers (FRCs), child abuse prevention councils (CAPCs), and other child and family-serving organizations.



  • This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussion, break out rooms, and/or demonstration. Your training experience will be best with the use of a web cam, audio, and a training environment conducive to active participation.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Carla Peña heads up Gender Spectrum’s Professional Development department. They are a queer, nonbinary white Latine of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. They are the lead trainer for Gender Spectrum’s California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) funded grant and have considerable experience doing training for DPH grants. Prior to coming to Gender Spectrum, Carla worked at Our Family Coalition, a California-based organization that advances equity for LGBTQ families and children.






Zo Amaro Jimenez (they/them) is a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant who focuses on trans liberation and gender embodiment in their work. They have worked for 10 years as a consultant and trainer in a variety of settings, mainly universities and nonprofit community mental health agencies. While much of their trainings revolve around best practices in workplace and mental health care, they approach those topics from a framework that decenters the gender binary and emphasizes the autonomy and inherent dignity of all people who struggle within the gender binary. Outside of Gender Spectrum, they work as a clinical psychologist at Lyon-Martin Community Health Services in San Francisco.




Director of Training,
Gender Spectrum





Mental Health & Medical Program Consultant,
Gender Spectrum