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When: Friday, October 12, 2018
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Quest Conference Center
8405 Pulsar Place
Columbus, Ohio  43240
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green
614.224.0034 ext. 11

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6 CE-Ethics for psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage & family therapists

Registration Information: (Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks are included.)

Registration deadline is October 8, 2018.

Save $20 by registering on or before September 26, 2018 with the Early Bird Discount!

OPA Member Fee: $150 | OPA Student Member Fee: $100 | Non-OPA Member Fee: $180  

Program Description:

Gender diverse youth face a range of medical, social, psychological, legal and educational challenges This presentation will discuss some of these challenges, provide information on medical care, outline mental health concerns, review the effect of legal changes on LBGTQ youth within the school setting, and discuss practice guidelines Supporting gender and sexual minority students within the educational arena requires a dynamic understanding of both existing federal and state anti-discrimination statutes while maintaining currency with ongoing case law activity. This component of the presentation will review Title IX and other anti-discrimination actions through the Office for Civil Rights, including recent changes in federal guidance for support LGBT+ students within the educational arena.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the developmental differences related to gender dysphoria in clinical practice and how to address these aspects in assessment and treatment.
  2. Describe gaps and controversies within the field of gender dysphoria as it pertains to children and adolescents
  3. Discuss the role of hormonal medications for adolescents with gender dysphoria
  4. Describe medical interventions that may help alleviate gender dysphoria in adolescents
  5. Discuss educational law considerations for fall 2018
  6. Explain evidence-based practices for gender and sexual minority students, particularly from the lens of the variability in federal and state laws
  7. Identify the main scientific basis for the subject matter presented, the worth as well as limitations and risks of psychological and medical assessment and procedures, and the strengths and limitations of current research methodology in reference to gender reassignment in childhood or adolescents.


About the Speakers:
Scott Leibowitz, MD is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services for the THRIVE gender and sex development program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Leibowitz completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is currently the co-chairman of the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Issues Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a member of the Global Education Initiative for the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, and was appointed Chapter Lead for the Adolescent Assessment chapter in the upcoming revision of the WPATH Standards of Care, 8th edition. He also served as an expert witness in 2016 for the United States Department of Justice in its legal action against the State of North Carolina for its anti-transgender HB2 bill as well as an ACLU 2017 federal case in Pennsylvania on school bathroom use, for which the ruling was in favor of transgender youth’ rights. 

Gayathri Chelvakumar, MD is a board certified adolescent medicine physician and pediatrician working in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her clinical duties involve providing primary care and reproductive health services to adolescents. She also has experience providing care to transgender youth and helped develop a multidisciplinary clinic that provides care to transgender youth. Her research focuses on populations that are particularly vulnerable to negative health outcomes, including transgender youth, LGB youth, detained youth, and homeless youth. She has a Master of Public Health and has previously completed projects examining healthcare access and barriers to access in LGBT and homeless youth. 

Erich Merkle, PhD obtained Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in psychology from Heidelberg University, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in community counseling, a Master of Arts (M.A.) in human development, an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in educational administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in school psychology and psychology. He holds educational licensure as both a school psychologist and PreK-12 administrator as well as national certification as a school psychologist (NCSP). Dr. Merkle serves as a central office consultant on disability and civil rights law in education, individual risk assessment, and forensic school psychology practice Dr. Merkle serves on the governance boards of numerous professional and community agencies, including the Ohio Psychological Association Board of Directors, where he is the 2018-19 President Elect and OSPA/OPA Liaison, and the Ohio School Psychologists Association Executive Board, where he was also the Association President 2014-15.


Literary References:

  • Coleman E, Bockting W, Botzer M, Cohen-Kettenis P, DeCuypere G, Feldman J, et al. Standards of care for the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people, version 7. Int J Transgenderism 2012; 13(4), 165-232. 
  • Hembree WC, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Gooren L, Hannema SE, Meyer WJ, Murad MH, et al. Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society* Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2017; 102(11), 3869-3903. doi:10.1210/jc.2017-01658 
  • Hembree WC,Cohen-Kettenis P, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, et al. Endocrine treatment of transsexual persons: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009;94(9):3132-3154 
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Standards of care for the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people. Int J Transgend. 2012;13(4):165-232 Hart, S.R. (2016). 
  • Allies for all: Advocating for the LGBTQI2-s community. Bethesda, MD: NASP. National Association of School Psychologists. (2014). 
  • Safe schools for transgender and gender diverse students [Position statement]. Bethesda, MD: Author. Fisher, E.S. (2014). 
  • Best practices in supporting students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning. In P.L. Harrison & A. Thomas [Eds]. 
  • Best practices in school psychology. Bethesda, MD: NASP.



  • Dr. Scott Leibowitz receives royalties for a book that was published in 2018.
  • Dr. Gayathri Chelvakumar receives payment for authoring a quarterly column: LGBTQ Youth Consult for Pediatric News a publication of Frontline Media

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