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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

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


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:

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. Her past work, Psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients, was published in the July 2014 issue of psychotherapy.net.

Dr. Barrow's expertise reaches a wider network through her position as Adjunct Faculty at the Wright Institute supervising and training new clinicians. She also presided as Chair of Division I of the California Psychological Association and President of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. 



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

Location: Alliant International University

San Francisco Campus, Room: TBD

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.

Register by February 9th

 for discounted rates!

NCNF Cancellation Policy: A 50% refund is possible for written cancellation requests sent via email to secretary@ncnf.org by 2/9/2019. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations requested after 2/9/2019.

Please contact NCNF President, Harmony Satre, Psy.D. at president@ncnf.org if you have any special accommodation requests.

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