Exploring Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation in Youth

USD $25.99


**This is a recording of a Live Presentation given at the Institute of Child Psychology’s 2022 Children’s Mental Health Conference. As it is a Live recording, please note that there may be unscheduled technical difficulties, pauses/breaks, as well as reading of comments which you may not be able to see.

Exploring Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation in Youth

At what age do children understand gender?  Would you like to understand how gender and sexual orientation develop, and the various terms currently being used by youth to describe their identities?  Would you like to learn how to talk to kids about gender and sexual orientation? Maybe you have a child struggling to understand their own gender and/or sexuality and you want to understand what is going on for them.

2SLGBTQIA+, QTBIPOC, Two Spirit, non-binary, transgender, cisgender, queer, intersex, lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, demisexual, asexual, aromantic, questioning…  Identity can be a lot to sort out for kids and teens, and it can be challenging for the adults in their lives to know how to best support them through their exploration. There are a lot of fears and misunderstandings.  By educating ourselves, we can help create an environment that will support them to develop resilience and a positive self-concept.


  • Understand the current concepts and terminology relating to gender identity and sexual orientation 
  • Explore the latest research on matters affecting 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth
  • Understand the difference between gender and sexual orientation, and how they each develop through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood
  • Explore ways to support children and youth in their own or others’ sexual and gender development
  • Identify resources in the community to support children who are struggling


  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION with 3.0 instructional hours & successful completion of a short quiz.
  • RESOURCESAccess to several mental health and parenting resources.
  • SUPPORT:​ Access to the institute should any questions arise.

This presentation is appropriate for parents, educators, child care professionals, caregivers, and mental health professionals.

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3 Hours



Age Group

2-17 Years

Instructor Information

Janine Groeneveld & Jan-Marie Chrzanowski

Janine Groeneveld, BSc., BSW Janine joined the City University of Seattle team in 2017. She has a Master’s degree in Counselling from City University of Seattle, and is interested in working with children, youth, and adults. Within those populations, she has a keen interest in working with trauma, attachment concerns, and secondary issues after trauma such as addictions. Jan-Marie Chrzanowski, M.C., R. Psych. As a registered psychologist, I am passionate about working with children, youth, adults and their families. I feel honoured to support them in their unique journeys of self-discovery, helping them to further develop their emotional, social and coping skills and self-esteem.

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