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What is  gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is the diagnosis typically given to a person whose assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the term – which recently replaced Gender Identity Disorder – “is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults.” To be clear, transgender identity is not a mental illness that can be cured with treatment. Rather, transgender people often experience a persistent and authentic disconnect between the sex assigned to them at birth and their internal sense of who they are. This disconnect is referred to by medical professionals as “gender dysphoria” because it can cause undue pain and distress in the lives of transgender people

 

Early Intervention:Providing Support to Young People and their Families

Transitioning at school can be exciting and scary at the same time,for both the young person and their parents. Our support extends to the parents and families of the young person.
The parent need's to be somewhat involved in the transition at school as they are the legal guardian of their child. Often parents themselves need support in how to approach the
school with our assistance,and how to make changes at home to make sure the family environment remains stable. Early intervention is paramount for the whole family,the parents,
the transgender child and any siblings. Our early intervention practices have proven successful with families staying together and supporting their transgender child on their transition
pathway. We are aholistic wrap around service and provide casework support to the child and parent as a unit,and depending on the age of the young person and the consent of the
parent,we also provide casework to the child. Transition is acomplex process and we support the family with referrals to gender identity specialists including,psychologists, psychiatrist,endocrinologists and surgeons.We are the only specialist transgender service in NSW and we pride ourselves on successful and supportive early intervention for the
increasing emergence of transgender youth.

The Gender Centre–Supporting Young People to Transition at School

There is an unprecedented amount of youth identifying as transgender and transitioning at school. The Gender Centre has had a significant expansion of services delivered to both
primary and high schools. Our engagement  with schools involves supporting the school in providing best practice for the student during transition and right through the course of their
schooling.This involves inclusive meetings with a variety of stakeholders including principles,welfare teachers, counsellors,parents,year advisers and often an external welfare department consultant. It is essential that planning is thorough to allow for best practice to occur. This involves setting time frames with the provision for flexibility, physical alterations and adjustments made at the school for the dignity and safety of the young person, amendments to formal processes to reflect the students name and gender,and ensuring a strong and sensitive support  network is in place.Assisting the transition of a young person at school requires professional development, training, creating awareness, and affecting cultural change.There are a number of components in our delivery model in holistic support of the young person and the school.

Counselling for youth

Youth over the age of 16 attend counselling at the Gender Centre without the consent of a parent or care giver,all sessions are strictly confidential. Youth and children
under the age of 16 often attend counselling sessions together with their parents........ or individually with their parents consent counselling can be a safe space in which
to address and explore issues of gender

Automatic confidentiality:

This means that unless someone's going to be seriously harmed of killed, a doctor or other health professional has to keep what you say private, even from your parents/guardian.
The age that you have automatic confidentiality rights is:

Fourteen  (14) and over in the NT
Sixteen (16) and over in NSW and SA
Eighteen (18) and over in all other states
for further information reagarding confidentiality go to the Reach out .com site      http://au.reachout.com/all-about-age-and-confidentiality

Community Case Management

The Gender Centre offers community case management to individuals who aren't residing in our housing programs. Community case management applies to anyone who identifies
as transgender, gender diverse, and gender questioning. This service is available to both families and individuals. Community case management is a process of assessment, early
intervention, support, mediation and advocacy to meet the individual's holistic needs. Our primary objective is to support individuals to sustain an independent lifestyle within the community

Housing options Crisis & Transitional

The Gender Centre is a specialist homelessness service (SHS) which provides thirteen supported crisis beds and eccepts clients from the age of 18 up  under special cercumstances the centre can accommodate clients under the age of 18 with permission from The Department of Family and Community services. The Gender Centre also provides 21 single supported transitional units for clients over the age of 18

Monthly support groups for Gender Diverse youth

We provide a safe place for trans and gender questioning teenagers to explore their identity and  build strong social relationships with likeminded people of a similar age.The group gives participants the opportunity to be themselves, and to talk with other young people who are facing similar challenges or questions. Guest speakers are also invited into the group to share their experience or knowledge of particular topics.

Each month the group explores a particular theme, and we try to cover everything that’s relevant to trans* and gender-questioning youth. We explore topics like  transition, family and support, bullying and discrimination. There are also sessions where the group is able to decide the topic or activity for that session.

Through the group we aim to encourage the participants to know that they are not alone,to feel that they are safe, and to know they have the right to move about the streets of their city without being harmed or judged.We hope to develop a sense of strength and resilience within the young people who come to the group.Participants are able to access extra support outside the group if they need it. This can be anything from a safe space to debrief before or after the group, to free counselling, to case management (e.g. help finding housing), or any of the other services offered by the Gender Centre. If we are unable to provide assistance within the centre, we will refer the young person to another appropriate service

For more information and support contact one of the case workers at the centre on 9569-2366

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