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Lessons from the Field

Families and Youth

Learn ways research and practice intersect around the topic of families and youth from these Lessons from the Field.

Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth
Winter and Spring 2017

This year CYFC is hosting regional events for parents, educators, and professionals who work with families and youth beginning in January 2017. These interactional and workshop-based events will cover current research and prevailing perspectives that promote well-being among all youth. Join Resident Scholar Jenifer McGuire, Ph.D., Regional SNAP-Ed Educator Nathan Hesse, and Extension Educator Cari Michaels, MPH as we explore how gender-inclusive environments can support positive body image, healthy nutrition, and physical and mental health.

Learning Objectives

Who Should Attend

These events are intended for parents, graduate students, and professionals who work with children, youth, and families. Professionals for whom these events may be especially relevant include social workers, educators, and health care professionals such as nurses, psychologists, public health workers, pediatric and primary care physicians, and mental health therapists whose work may include transgender youth.

Up to 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for social workers.

Locations and Registration

Live events will be held at six locations throughout the state in early 2017. All events will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Morning, afternoon, and full day registration options are available.

Note: Registration is through Eventbrite. To attend only the morning session, select the first 9:00 a.m. option. To attend the full day, select the second 9:00 a.m. option.

All events are offered free of cost. Attendees who attend the full day (both morning and afternoon sessions) will receive lunch. Events are funded in part by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health.

Get more information and register for one of the upcoming events below.

You may also be interested in these related resources: Tough Conversations: Issues Facing Transgender Communities

Grand Rapids

May 4, 2017
Fraternal Order of Eagles

Register for Grand Rapids event


April 25, 2017
West Central Research and Outreach

Register for Morris event

St. Cloud

May 2, 2017
Catholic Charities Caritas Mental Health Center

Register for St. Cloud event


May 15, 2017
Rochester Public Library

Register for Rochester event

  • 3/6 Community Gathers at Minneapolis Church to Discuss Transgender Issues

    By Judy Myers, Extension Educator -- Children, Youth & Family Consortium

    On Tuesday, February 28, nearly 200 community members gathered in Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis to learn about transgender youth research and practice experts.

    Registration for this third event in the Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) 2017 Lessons from the Field series, "Meeting the Needs of Transgender Youth," was so high that we had to arrange a last-minute venue change. Our fear that the move to a church sanctuary would keep participants from attending were not realized: Plymouth Congregational Church is an openly welcoming and affirming community and several participants who identified as GLBT expressed their appreciation for the large rainbow flag at the church building entrance.

    Similar to the inaugural event, Extension SNAP-Ed Educator Nathan Hesse provided participants with an overview of health and nutrition risks for transgender youth who are often homeless and food insecure. Cari Michaels, Extension educator in CYFC, talked about mental health risks and mediators for transgender youth.

Children in Common: Ensuring the Emotional Well-Being of Children When Parenting Apart
October 22, 2015

Explore how parenting apart affects children’s well-being, and intervention strategies used to promote healthy coparenting practices.


See also Children in Common Presenter Bios (174 K PDF).

Video and Presentation Materials

Additional Materials

What is Relational Aggression and How Is It a Problem?
November 30, 2010

Learn about the physiological stress responses to relational aggression, and the interplay of relational aggression and maltreated children.

Presenter Panel

See also Relational Aggression Presenter Bios (431 K PDF).

Video and Presentation Materials

Does Relational Aggression and Its Correlates Vary Across Cultural Contexts?
February 8, 2011

Hear about relational aggression in family relationships, and the cross-cultural research taking place at Brigham Young University.


See also Relational Aggression and Its Correlates Presenter Bios (415 K PDF).

Video and Presentation Materials

How Do We Prevent or Intervene in Relational Aggression?
April 15, 2011

Explore strategies for preventing and intervening in relational aggression as well as critical considerations for implementing programs targeting relational aggression.


Video and Presentation Materials

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