Now more than ever, the school environment is a primary space for nurturing student wellbeing. But that’s not always easy.
Whether you’re an educator or a school administrator, you’ll need to balance competing needs beyond the purely academic. Today’s schools must accommodate students, parents, teachers, staff and community members while engaging diverse viewpoints and ensuring safety and fairness for all.
Among the topics we cover are:
- Sex and gender: what does the latest science tell us?
- Social transition: what is the school’s role?
- Suicide and self-harm
- Practical issues in accommodating gender diverse students
- Partnering with families
- Sexuality, gender, and relationships
- Nurturing wellbeing and mental health
- Homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, detransphobia
- The online world and mental health: PornHub, TikTok, OnlyFans…
We want to make space for a wider conversation.
How it works
Our school presentations on gender identity and sexual orientation are either 1- or 2-hour sessions. These sessions typically include a Q&A session where you can seek further detail on the topics raised.
We are happy to provide you with the slides for the presentation beforehand, so your team can preview it and decide whether our general approach meets your needs; we are also happy to develop a fully customized training. We can then work with you to schedule the training.
In the initial stage (Stage 1), we focus on providing training for staff. Afterwards, we can discuss whether you wish to move into stage 2, in which we can provide a presentation to parents. Typically, we believe that it is most appropriate to begin with a training that addresses general issues having to do with childhood and/or adolescent psychosocial development.
After we provide the parent presentation, we again enter into a process with your team, in which we get feedback about any reactions and explore the feasibility of implementing a training for students (stage 3). Training for students might also focus on general issues related to psychosocial development.
Stage 1: Staff training
This training acknowledges the complexity involved in meeting the needs of gender-diverse students in a school environment. It highlights the most up-to-date research on transgender youth and explores the role of the school in supporting these students.
- What a supportive school environment looks like
- Describe changes population and demographics
- Examine the latest evidence on medical transition for adolescence
- Clarify assumptions about suicidality
- Review adolescent identity development
- Consider potential risks involved with social transition at school
- Highlight the issues pertaining to peer influence
- Identify common challenges facing teenagers today
Stages 2 (parent training) and 3 (student training)
Once we have conducted Stage 1, we engage in discussions with you about how best to proceed. Typically, we suggest a subsequent training session for parents (Stage 2), covering aspects of adolescent development.
After this, we move on to providing training for students (Stage 3). These sessions are tailored to the younger generation’s needs, addressing themes such as internet use, mental health and the difficulties of growing up in today’s fast-paced world.