The Alliance is pleased to invite you to four exciting workshops led by international psychotherapist and transgender specialist Julie Mencher on how girls’ schools can better understand the changing gender landscape and how to support gender non-conforming students.
- Become conversant in current gender diversity terminology and concepts
- Identify the challenges of transgender inclusion for girls’ schools
- Understand the complexity of trans inclusion in serving the needs of multiple stakeholders in girls’ school communities
- Learn how girls’ schools in Australia and New Zealand are addressing transgender inclusion
- Discuss the results of the Alliance 2018 Research Study: Transgender Policy and Practice at Girls’ Schools
Who should attend:
Principals, leadership team, school counsellors and psychologists
- Gender 101: Update on gender vocabulary and concepts
- Identifying your transgender/gender non-conforming students
- Challenges and dilemmas for girls’ schools around transgender inclusion
- Report of results from Alliance 2018 Research Study: Transgender Policy and Practice at Girls’ Schools
- Lessons learned from research and consultation with girls’ schools around the globe
- Small group discussions of gender diversity scenarios encountered by girls’ schools
Sydney – 11 March 2019 – 10.00am to 3.00pm at Ascham School, 188 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff, NSW
Adelaide – 12 March 2019 – 4.00pm to 7.30pm – location to be announced
Melbourne: 14 March 2019 – 1.00pm to 4.30pm at Strathcona Baptist Girls’ Grammar School, 34 Scott St, Canterbury VIC
Auckland – 20 March 2019 – 10.00am to 3.00pm at St Cuthbert’s College, 122 Market Rd, Epsom, Auckland
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Australia: Member ticket price $25.00, Non-member ticket price $97
New Zealand: Member ticket price $22.50 (AUD), non-member ticket price $88 (AUD)
About Julie Mencher
Julie Mencher, MSW is a psychotherapist, trainer, and consultant and a pioneer in LGBT education and advocacy. She developed and held the position of Transgender Specialist at Smith, a women’s college, over fifteen years ago. As a nationally recognized speaker and consultant, she serves as a strategic advisor to organizations on gender diversity and sexuality. With a specialty in working with single-sex institutions, Ms Mencher has helped girls’ schools, women’s colleges, and single-sex camps navigate the changing gender landscape while also staying true to their mission. She has brought her research, training, and policy consultation to more than 100 girls’ schools in several countries. In 2017, she published “When the White Dress Doesn’t Fit: What Are Other Schools Doing about Transgender Students?,” a study of 33 girls’ schools in the U.S. and Canada. A member of the Smith College School for Social Work faculty for over twenty years, she was also a Visiting Scholar at the Stone Center at Wellesley College. She trains graduate students and professionals in social work, psychology, and psychiatry. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on LGBT issues, a frequent presenter at educational conferences, and a contributor to Huffington Post and Salon. Ms Mencher lives in Northampton MA, where her clinical practice includes a specialty in working with trans youth and their families.
During her trip to Australia and New Zealand in March, Julie is also available to conduct private sessions for your school, please contact her directly if you are interested.