HOUSTON (June 18, 2014) – DePelchin Children’s Center is pleased to announce Dr. Johanna Olson will be speaking at the upcoming Gender Infinity Conference being held June 20 and 21 at DePelchin. Dr. Olson is an adolescent medicine physician as well as an internationally recognized expert and advocate on competent care of transgender youth. She has spent years advocating for proper treatment of these youth and has appeared on national programs, including “20/20,” “Dr. Phil” and most recently on OWN's “Our America with Lisa Ling.”

“Dr. Olson presented by web stream at the 2013 Gender Infinity Conference, and it was incredibly well received by attendees, so we are thrilled to have her back this year in person for the 2014 conference,” said Dr. Megan Mooney, Staff Psychologist Supervisor at DePelchin. “Dr. Olson brings much recognition and awareness to this topic and will speak about primary care, cross-sex hormones and pubertal blockers.”

The annual Gender Infinity Conference seeks to train participants – from parents to healthcare providers – on the best ways to support children who express their gender differently. Some children express gender in a manner that does not align with cultural expectations and may or may not meet criteria for the controversial diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria. The conference will bring insightful discussion on how to provide a full range of support to optimize the developmental outcomes of these children.

To register for the event, interested participants should visit depelchin.org/genderinfinity.

About DePelchin Children's Center 
DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on mental health, foster care and adoption services. For more than 120 years, DePelchin has been turning lives around with comprehensive care for children, including psychiatric services, counseling, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, residential treatment, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.


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