Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria
Gender dysphoria is a persistent and impairing distress associated with the mismatch some people experience between the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal experience of gender.
Often, individuals with gender dysphoria are referred to as transgender. This is a broader term that refers to individuals who self-report or describe having a gender identity (male, female, non-binary are examples) that is different than their sex assigned at birth (typically male, female, sometimes intersex). Not all transgender individuals experience gender dysphoria, but many do.
The GENECIS program uses a gender affirmative model of care. Individualized treatment plans are developed for each patient through collaboration with patients, their parents/guardians, and GENECIS Program providers.
GENECIS providers follow established guidelines for providers of medical and mental healthcare services. These include:
- The Endocrine Society: Practice Guidelines
- World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH): Standards of Care (version 7)
The GENECIS program includes providers in the following specialties:
- Adolescent Medicine
- Social Work
- Pastoral care
- Clinical Ethics
Mental Health Services
- Yearly assessment visits (all patients)
- Consultation visits to provide short-term, solutions-focused therapeutic support
- Outpatient counseling
- Psychiatric assessment and medication management
- Referrals to higher levels of care