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Webinar - What Ed Therapists Need to Know About Supporting Trans Students and Their Families: A panel discussion

Virtual Events (virtual study group, webinars and national conference)
12/12/2023 10:00 am - 11:30 am


This webinar is FREE to AET members and the community!

As educational therapists are encountering and supporting more gender questioning, gender fluid, and trans youth and young adults, it is critically important for us to be well-informed about the challenges that these students are experiencing and the resources available to guide us as practitioners. 

This panel discussion will provide an introduction to the needs and challenges of students facing gender identity and gender transition issues. Because of the inextricable link between emotions and learning, as ETs we provide an accepting space for students to explore not only their learning needs, but also a safe place where difficult personal information comes to light.

Learning Outcomes:

Attendees will be able to

  1. explain the unique challenges trans youngsters often face in school and ways to support them
  2. discuss the emotional issues and risks that many trans youngsters experience
  3. employ the vocabulary of the LGBTQ+ community
  4. identify three resources that  help  address concerns of trans youngsters and their families



  • Facilitator:
    Laura Doto, MA, ET/P
    Professional educational therapist since 2004, Laura has worked in schools and privately with high school, college, graduate, and medical school students. She started her career as an educational counselor for the University of Chicago student counseling service and is currently Learning Coordinator at the Univerity’s Laboratory High School.

  • Panelists:
    • Desmond Fambrini, MS
      Education Specialist, certified high performance coach, and avid supporter of all “xxpressive” artistic and academic practices. Through his strong, compassionate, intelligent voice, Desmond offers his perspective as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
    • Inge Hansen, PhD
      Clinical psychologist and certified integral coach specializing in supporting gender and sexual diversity in adolescents and adults. Dr. Hansen worked at Stanford University from 2008 until 2022, where she served as director of Well-Being and the co-founder and director of the Weiland Health Initiative, which is dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness across all genders and sexualities. 
    • Levi
      College freshman majoring in architectural studies at Boston University. Levi (he/him) was born in China and grew up in Singapore until moving to Menlo Park, California in the 7th grade. He self identifies as a queer transgender man.
    • Sharon Barkan, MA, ET/P

Parent and educational therapist supporting students in grades k-8. Sharon has been active in the homeschooling community, especially the gifted and 2E homeschoolers, and has consulted and supported scores of families and professionals curious about homeschooling. In the past few years, she has become a strong ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and their families.