Transgender youth and system-level reforms for girls:Special populations in the juvenile justice system

Friday April 12 2019, one-day program

Zehmer Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Forensic Training Series

This one-day symposium focuses on issues of gender in forensic mental health.  A distinguished faculty will provide an update on research and clinical practice standards with transgender youth, and will discuss research, foundational concepts and prospects for juvenile justice reform for justice-involved girls.  Christy Olezeski PhD, Yale Gender Program, Yale School of Medicine will lead the morning, that will conclude with a panel discussion on ethical issues.   In the afternoon Francine Sherman JD, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, in the Boston College School of Law, will discuss research, foundational concepts, and prospects for juvenile justice  reform for justice-involved girls. Mental health providers in forensic and community settings; educators, administrators and others from public and private schools, colleges, and universities, including researchers; juvenile and criminal justice providers, social services and youth services agencies;  administrative, policy and legal personnel, and others may benefit from learning with these expert faculty and others attending and participating in discussion. 

Date: Friday April 12 2019  one-day program 

Time: 9:00AM to 4:30PM. Lunch on your own.

A proposed agenda includes the following:

Location: Zehmer Hall, UVA Continuing and Professional Studies. 104 Midmont Lane, Charlottesville 22904.    Find a map and directions for Zehmer Hall: Map and Directions to Zehmer Hall

There is no charge to you for parking but parking is LIMITED.  PLEASE help accommodate all participants  by ride sharing and carpooling.  

Lodging: If you are interested to know about local lodging please inquire with  

Faculty for this program:  

Christy Olezeski PhD, Director of the Yale Gender Program, during the morning.  Learn more about Dr Olezeski

Dr Olezeski provides a brief description of the morning: 

In this session participants will discuss the varied identities and expressions that fall under the transgender umbrella. We will also discuss the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, the controversies surrounding the diagnosis, co-occurring health concerns and how the Gender Minority Stress Model frames the interplay between environmental stressors, internal processes, and health outcomes. Finally, we will discuss the role of the treatment provider in working with gender expansive patients. 

Panel for morning program:  Sara Boyd PhD, Forensic Psychologist, Woodbridge Psychological Associates, PC; Dallas Ducar, MSN, RN, CNL, NREMT-B, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse and Researcher, University of Virginia.

Francine Sherman JD, Attorney and Clinical Associate Professor at Boston College Law School and Director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Program, during the afternoon. Learn more about Professor Sherman

Professor Sherman will detail structural and procedural issues currently at work in US  juvenile justice and other youth serving systems and the way they drive young women into the juvenile and criminal justice system for behaviors closely linked to trauma.  With this foundation Professor Sherman will draw on specific experiences and stories from young women with histories on involvement in systems, to define a set of developmental concepts that are connected to promising policies, practices, and programs that are responsive to young women's experiences.  The policy and practice discussion will focus on self determination, safety, identity and leadership as core concepts. 

Educational objectives:

 At the conclusion of the program participants will be able to

From the morning portion of the day:

From the afternoon portion of the day:


The following speaker(s) with this program have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services: (in alphabetical order) :

Janet Warren DSW, others TBA

The planning committee have no personal or professional financial relationships with a commercial entity producing healthcare goods and/or services (in alphabetical order): Daniel Murrie PhD, Michael Schaefer PhD, Benjamin Skowysz LCSW, Janet Warren DSW

Accreditation and Designation Statements:

For physicians and others

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and/or The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education, as accredited provider(s),  awards  5 hours of participation (consistent with the  designated number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM  or ANCC contact hours) to participants who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine and/or The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education maintains a record of participation for six (6) years.

The program is jointly provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education of the the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

The cost will be $18 for each hour of credits claimed out of the 6 total available.

For psychologists and others

The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This is an advanced level program regarding forensic evaluation with specialized populations.

The cost will be $10 per hour ($10 x 6 hours=$60).

For sworn officers and others

ILPPP will apply for Partial In-Service Credit through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. If awarded please request form from ILPPP for signature. There will be no additional cost for these credits.

For Attorneys

The course titled “Addressing Special Populations in Juvenile Justice” has been approved for 5.0 credit hours including (0.0) credit hours for Ethics by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.  Please request form from ILPPP for signature. There will be no additional cost for these credits.

Continuing education

For complete information regarding continuing education please  

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How to register for the program:

Application for registration is made through your individual user profile created with the ILPPP website. Please create your profile, or get automated help to find your profile if you have forgotten your profile name or password:
After you apply for registration you will receive an automated email confirming that ILPPP has received your application. Acceptance into a program is not automatic because capacity limitations and public mental health system needs are considered. After ILPPP formally accepts a registrant  into the program they will receive a second automated email that confirms registration and includes invoice information and online payment instructions.
Before the program ILPPP will send further information to assist participant's planning. Questions about registration may go to 
Registration & Cancellation Fees and Refund Policy


Employees of VA DBHDS facilities and CSBs - $80

Employees of VA DJJ - $80

Others - $195

Please inquire at about a 'group discount' for two or more from your agency, office, facility, school or work setting ($80/per registrant).

Cancellation fee - $25.00.

A full registration fee refund will be processed only if the registrant has submitted the cancellation notice to ILPPP no later than 7 days prior to the first day of the program. If registration is cancelled 6 days or less days prior there is a $25 cancellation service charge which will be deducted from the program’s registration fee. The remainder of the registration fee will be processed within 10 days following the end of the training program. Please allow 30 days following the end of the training program to receive the refund. Refunds will be processed according to the method of original payment (check, credit card or EDI-transfer).