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Glickman Symposium Seeks to Improve Mental Health for Transgender Youth

October 04, 2019

WESTBROOK, MAINE – September 18, 2019 - Spring Harbor Hospital, a division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, will welcome Laura Edwards-Leeper, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Graduate Psychology, Pacific University, Oregon at the 12th Annual Glickman Symposium for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Edwards-Leeper will provide the Keynote presentation, “Affirming Mental Health for Transgender Youth and Their Families.”

The daylong educational symposium is scheduled for October 4th at the University of Southern Maine, Abromsom Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Medical and behavioral health professionals are encouraged to participate, as well as school social workers, members of social service agencies and all interested in gaining professional competence in providing care to transgender and gender diverse youth. CME credits will be offered.

“The Institutes of Medicine, The Department of Health and Human Resources, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care are prioritizing research into health disparities and training for medical professionals on transgender-related health topics. Practicing professionals require “catch-up” training in order improve our provision of an inclusive work environment and affirming healthcare for all people.” said Robyn Ostrander, M.D., Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and Chair of the Glickman Symposium for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. “This year’s Glickman symposium is an excellent opportunity for regional professionals to enhance our ability to engage in sensitive communication, create welcoming health care environments, and counteract the health disparities which youth in our care are experiencing.

In addition to Edwards-Leeper’s Keynote presentation, she will also present a series of complex cases. Additional sessions will include:

  • Gender Clinic Interdisciplinary Panel: Q&A with Maine Medical Partners Pediatric Specialty Care Gender Clinic moderated by Brandy Brown, LCSW.
  • Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Health Education: Advancing clinician professional competence in providing gender affirming and optimal healthcare environments.

The Glickman Symposium is made possible by the generosity of Spring Harbor Hospital donors Judith Glickman Lauder and the late Albert Brenner Glickman. This year’s event was additionally supported by the Maine Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The cost to attend is $160 which includes lunch. MaineHealth and affiliate employees and members of the Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will receive a discounted rate. Visit the event page on Maine Behavioral Healthcare.


About Spring Harbor Hospital
A division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Spring Harbor Hospital is southern Maine's only private psychiatric treatment and recovery center. Its inpatient programs for youth and adults provide hope for those who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance use). We are fortunate to have a unique collaboration with Maine Medical Center, which allows us to offer the most complete array of psychiatric treatment, physician-training, and medical-research programs north of Boston.

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