Clinical Care for Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Adolescents

Type: Electronic media,Webinar
Date: September 2015

This is an audio recording of a webinar held on September 10, 2015. The webinar consisted of a lecture with power point slides, but the slides will not be available for learners.

About the Webinar

Gender nonconforming youth are emerging at increasingly younger ages, and those experiencing gender dysphoria are seeking medical care at the onset of puberty, or sometimes even before. Youth with gender dysphoria are at high risk for depression, anxiety, isolation, self-harm, and suicidality at the onset of a puberty. Existing strategies for treating transgender youth depend on the developmental stage at which these youth present for care.

Few health care providers are familiar with how children and adolescents who are exploring or struggling with gender issues might present in their practices. The audio recording of this webinar will help increase your awareness and screening of these clients and give you tools to support them and their families. It covers standards of care and timelines for prescribing GnRH analogues to suppress endogenous puberty. It also covers standards of care for gender-affirming hormonal treatments during adolescence.

Who Should Attend

The webinar was designed for all staff who care for patients in a variety of primary care settings including family planning clinics: physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, medical assistants, nurses, health educators, administrative and support staff.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  • Describe potential presentations of gender nonconformity in adolescents
  • Describe guidelines for use of gender affirming hormones in adolescence
  • Describe indications for GnRH agonists for puberty suppression


Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of transgender youth, gender variant children, youth with HIV, and chronic pain. Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson is an Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Dr. Olson is the Medical Director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States.


This audio recording is free of charge.


Partially funded by the Pride Foundation

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Questions about accessing the recording?

Contact Cardea's Seattle office at 206.447.9538 or [email protected]

Questions about the content of the recording?

Contact Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy: [email protected]