Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

May 2011Vol. 12, No. 4Talking to Teens About Transgender Topics

Facilitating Discussion of Transgender Issues: A Primer is a PowerPoint presentation by Gerald P. Mallon, D.S.W., director of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC). The presentation describes useful strategies for creating an environment in which an adolescent can feel willing to discuss transgender issues with a child welfare practitioner, and it includes the following topics as they apply to adolescents:

  • Promoting awareness of transgender issues
  • Demonstrating transgender awareness and sensitivity
  • Routine screening for gender concerns
  • Addressing dilemmas in diagnosing gender concerns
  • Conducting detailed transinclusive psychosocial evaluations

The primer is available on the NRCPFC website: (2.16 MB)