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Safe & Affirming Care for Transgender & Gender-Diverse Children & Youth




This training was presented on
June 14, 2024





This 3-hour interactive workshop is designed to meet providers and organizations where they are at and aims to create a shared understanding of the key elements of providing trauma-informed and affirming care to transgender and gender-diverse children and their families. Topics will include the basic understanding of gender identity development, the intersection of trauma and risk factors for transgender and gender-diverse children and youth, and the foundations of safe and affirming trauma-informed practice with transgender and gender-diverse children, youth, and families, including organizational, environmental, and clinical best practices and tools. 

We will be challenging the false perception that to provide gender-affirming care, a provider has to be an expert in transgender and gender-diverse health care needs. All providers have the tools to increase transgender and gender-diverse children and youth’s current social, emotional, and physical well-being while supporting them to imagine and experience a future in which they can thrive and live full, happy lives.


Participants will:

  • Increase knowledge and comprehension of how gender-affirming care reduces trauma and increases resiliency for transgender and gender-diverse youth.
  • Gain an empathetic perspective and greater awareness of the daily challenges faced by transgender and gender-diverse youth.
  • Identify best practices for creating gender and LGBTQ+-affirming programs and environments. 
  • Learn culturally affirming strategies for effectively and safely engaging gender-diverse youth and their caregivers, including managing confidentiality related to sexual orientation and gender identity.


Who should attend: All staff of family resource centers (FRCs), Child Abuse Prevention Councils (CAPCs), community-based organizations, and other child- and family-serving systems.


  • This is an interactive training. Please be prepared to participate in activities such as group discussion, breakout rooms, and/or demonstration. Your training experience will be best with the use of a webcam, audio, and a training environment conducive to active participation.
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Antonia Barba is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 20 years of experience providing trauma-focused mental health support, professional training, and program leadership. Her areas of specialty include trauma-informed practice with LGBTQ+ youth and their families, traumatic loss and crisis response, peer support with transition-aged youth, recognizing and supporting survivors of child sex trafficking, and preventing secondary traumatic stress and burnout among helping professionals. Antonia is a long-time member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is a co-founder and co-chair of their Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Collaborative Group where she is a frequent collaborator on the development of culturally grounded tools and resources to promote prevention, healing, and recovery from trauma and stress for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. She is passionate about transforming the way we think about and provide mental health services, and excited to be engaged in work that centers the lived experiences of youth and families.




Kalie Giovanni is a licensed clinical social worker who has been serving individuals and families for over 10 years. She specializes in affirming care for the LGBTQIA+ community, with a focus on equitable care for transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive youth and adults and their families. In addition to providing individual, family, and relationship therapy, she has worked with youth and families in therapeutic schools, residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, youth detention centers, outpatient practices, and in-home community settings.

Kalie has presented locally and nationally about affirming care for LGBTQIA+ youth, trans and gender-diverse youth, and the intersection of LGBTQIA+ youth and caregivers within the child welfare system. She is an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, as well as the co-chair of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression Collaborative Group.