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Northern California Neuropsychology Forum

Best Practices inMind: Psychological Assessment Guidelines for Transgender and Nonbinary Children & Youth, with Karisa L Barrow, PsyD, Tanisha Stewart, PsyD, and Aerin Riegelsberger, BA

  • February 16, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Alliant International University, San Francisco Campus; 1 Beach St; Room: TBD; San Francisco, CA 94133
  • 16

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THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NEUROPSYCHOLOGY FORUM
is pleased to sponsor the upcoming presentation 

Best Practices inMind:

Psychological Assessment Guidelines for

Transgender and Nonbinary Children and Youth 

with Karisa L. Barrow, Psy.D., Tanisha Stewart, Psy.D.,

and Aerin Riegelsberger, B.A.


Western society holds unrelenting expectations that we should all fit into binary gender identities: you should be either male or female and mentally and emotionally identify with the gender your body (anatomy) was assigned at birth. Given this identification you should act, dress and behave accordingly. Children and adolescents facing these internal conflicts with those around them may be confused, bullied or rejected by their peers, families, teachers and congregations. They can become isolated, anxious, depressed, develop eating disorders, engage in self-harm behaviors and worse yet be suicidal. Transgender children’s caregivers often don’t know how to address their child’s needs. They too may be confused, overwhelmed and pressured to care for their child by expectations of others.

Assessors can provide informed insight about how to best alleviate transgender and caregiver suffering that is anchored in being clinically competent by “doing no harm.” These practices are not only legally and clinically appropriate but can be therapeutic and healing in the process.

This talk will provide participants guiding principles and practices when working with the transgender community with an emphasis on developing gender affirming assessment skills when utilizing assessment measures and how we interpret the data to discern what is the source of the problem and how to address it. We will look at the constellation of variables that will lead to treatment planning recommendations with regard to social, medical, legal, and custodial/parenting recommendations –considering the youth as whole true self.


About Dr. Barrow:

Dr. Karisa Barrow, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing services to gender and sexually diverse children, their families and adults. She is the founder and Executive Director of inMind, a group practice that provides psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation for adults and children in the Bay Area and surrounding communities. Dr. Barrow is a founding member of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and Mind the Gap group. Dr. Barrow has authored a chapter entitled Addressing Mental Health Conditions Often Experienced by Transgender and Gender Expansive Children,which was released in late May of 2018, The Gender Affirmative Model: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive Children.


About Dr. Stewart:

Dr. Stewart is a member of the inMind group practice in Oakland where she specializes in providing psychological services and assessments for transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families. She is the cofounder of the Transgender and Nonbinary Mentor Program at inMind and has been in private practice for four years as a Psychological Assistant to Dr. Karisa Barrow. Dr. Stewart also supervises trainees at The Wright Institute’s Psychodynamic Clinic. She is the current Treasurer of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP), former chair of the Pre-Licensed Committee, and a longstanding member Mind the Gap & California Psychological Association.


About Aerin Riegelsberger:

Aerin Riegelsberger is inMind's Counselor and Clinic Operations Coordinator. They are the cofounder of inMind's Transgender and Nonbinary Mentor Program, as well as the facilitator for inMind's gender expansive youth support groups. Aerin also serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for TransConnect, an online course dedicated to training healthcare providers on transgender and nonbinary-inclusive care. Aerin has a Bachelor's Degree from UC Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior and a California Multi-subject Teaching Credential. Aerin is an educator, advocate, and consultant continuing to forge their path in the field of transgender health.


When: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Alliant International University

San Francisco Campus, Room: 100

1 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

APA and QME CEUs: 3

NCNF is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCNF maintains responsibility for this program.

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