Gender Affirming Care

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October 10, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (PT)

Zoom Webinar Format

This training is jointly-provided by the American Psychiatric Association, Washington State Psychiatric Association, and Washington State Council of  Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  

The WSPA and WSCCAP would like to invite you to join us for an educational session focused on gender-affirming care. We will be learning from several experts in this area, and from across the country. The focus for this session will be on improving participants' understanding of the current language of gender, including gender diversity; understanding current models for gender-affirming healthcare, including medically assisted gender affirmation; and developing a good understanding of the role psychiatrists have in working with people who are transgender/non-binary. Psychiatrists and other practitioners attending this session are asked to come with an open attitude towards examining our own biases when working with people across the gender spectrum.

Many psychiatrists were trained before the current understanding or importance of providing gender-affirming care to all people was emphasized in residency training programs, including fellowship. The importance of providing care to diverse populations is now expected. Many medical students and residents may have a better understanding of gender and gender-affirming care that more senior psychiatrists. This session aims to close the gap in these areas.

Featured Presenters

David Inwards-Breland, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

Dr. David Inwards-Breland is Division Chief is chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and co-director of the Center for Gender Affirming Care at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. He is also a clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Inwards-Breland's research interests include adolescent male health, depression, transgender youth and disenfranchised youth. He currently sits on the American Board of Pediatrics, sub-board on adolescent medicine.

A Southern California native, Dr. Inwards-Breland attended UC San Diego for his undergraduate degree, majoring in biology. He then earned his Master of Public Health from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and went on to receive his medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine. Subsequently, he completed his pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, East Bay, California.

After completing his National Health Service Corps obligation in Albany, Ga., he returned to California and worked as an attending physician at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, East Bay, primarily seeing patients in the teen clinic. After six years of working as a general pediatrician, he pursued a fellowship at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, San Francisco in adolescent medicine.

Dr. Inwards-Breland was the clinical director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and later founded and served as the medical director of the Seattle Children's Gender Clinic. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Top Doctors, the Award for Distinguished Service in Promoting Diversity at Seattle Children's Hospital and the Community Leader of the Year from the Greater Seattle Business Association.

Along with practicing medicine, Dr. Inwards-Breland enjoys art, spending time with his husband and daughter, and riding his Peloton!

Kristen Eckstrand, M.D., PhD,

Dr. Eckstrand is a board-certified child & adolescent psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC. Dr. Eckstrand holds an M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, and is internationally recognized for their leadership supporting the health of LGBTQ communities. Dr. Eckstrand has published four textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed papers on the mental and physical health needs of LGBTQ communities, including the training of healthcare professionals to provide affirming and responsible care to LGBTQ individuals. Dr. Eckstrand founded the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health, the second LGBTQ-focused program at an academic health center in the country, co-directs the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s LGBTQ Health elective, and speaks nationally on the importance of diversity and identity in health. Dr. Eckstrand’s clinical work and neuroimaging research focuses on the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of trauma and resilience in adolescents, with an emphasis on minority communities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Eckstrand’s research has been published in top-tier journals such as JAMA Psychiatry, and been recognized by Honorary Membership in the World Psychiatric Association and awards from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and Society for Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Eckstrand’s commitment to diversity has been recognized through awards from the American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Tennessee Medical Association.

Cedar Neary, M.D.

Dr. Cedar Neary was born in Seattle, WA and raised in the nearby suburbs of Mercer Island and Bellevue. He went to Colorado State University for undergrad, where he received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. He then returned to WA to attend UW Med School. Going into medical school, he was interested in working with youth and adolescents after multiple prior jobs working in outdoor education and trip leading with youth in CO and WY. However, throughout medical school, he was consistently drawn to the more humanistic approach that psychiatry offered. He is still interested in working with youth and plans to pursue a Child and Adolescent Fellowship. He is especially interested in working with the LGBTQ community, as well as advocating for this population group. 



8:05 - 8:15 am Welcome/Introductions
8:15 - 9:15 am Gender 101
9:15 - 9:30 am Break
9:30- 10:45 am Medical Management of Gender Diverse Youth and Young Adults 
10:45 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 12:00 am Mental Health Care of Gender Diverse Youth and Adults






Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge of the current language of gender, including gender diversity and misperceptions associated with gender.
  • Describe current models for gender-affirming healthcare, including medically assisted gender affirmation.
  • Describe the role of psychiatrists in working with people who are transgender/non binary.
  • Demonstrate an open attitude towards examining your own biases when working with people across the gender spectrum.

Gender 101- Dr. Cedar Neary
Medical Management of Gender Diverse Youth and Young Adults - Dr. Inwards-Breland
Mental Health Care of Gender Diverse Youth and Adults - Dr. Eckstrand


Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and WA State Psychiatric Association. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Event Policies and Agreement Terms

Cancellation/Refund Policy

I understand that cancellations submitted in writing on or before 10/06/2020 will receive a refund less a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 10/06/2020.

Technical Failure

It is the responsibility of the registrant to confirm system requirements and test their computers prior to the start of the virtual session. If a technical failure is the fault of the service provider and the session is not able to be broadcast as planned, WSPA reserves the right to reschedule the session. If the registrant cannot attend the rescheduled session live they may request a prorated refund.


WSPA / WSCCAP Members $80
Non-Member Physicians $100
Nurses/Non-Physicians $75
Psychiatry Residents (ID required) Free
Non Psychiatry Residents (ID required) $25

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