CARING FOR LGBTQ+ YOUTH IN MAINE: Emphasis on the ‘T’

Sessions

8:00am

Welcome & Overview

  • Brandy Brown, LCSW Program Manager, The Gender Clinic at Maine Medical Partners

    Brandy Brown, LCSW (Pronouns: she/her) is the Program Manager for The Gender Clinic Program at Maine Medical Partners/The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She provides assessment, therapy, coordination of medical and mental health services, and program development within a multidisciplinary setting. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Tufts University School of Medicine. Brandy received her BSW and MSW at the University of Southern Maine and is currently pursuing a DSW. Brandy is an advocate for improving LGBTQ+ healthcare, with a clinical focus on best practices in transgender health within pediatrics, as well as improving overall systemic competency and functionality within a large healthcare system. Brandy lives in Southern Maine where she prefers to stay close to the ocean with her family. She enjoys being outside at the beach or on a trail, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking.

Overview: Supporting Transgender Youth in Maine

8:15am - 9:15am

Providing Support to Transgender Youth and Families

  • Sue Campbell, Program Director OUT Maine

    Sue brings more than 25 years of experience working with school superintendents, administrators and other school staff through her work on local and state school boards. She volunteered with the Trans Youth Equality Foundation in Portland, assisting with support groups. As the parent of a trans son, her first-hand experience in supporting the transition process and working with family issues around transitioning give her expertise that supports both youth and families.

LGBTQ Terminology, Risk and protective factors for youth, Impact and importance of family acceptance and support

9:15am -10:30am

Mental Health Needs of Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Gender Questioning Youth

  • Erin Belfort, MD Maine Medical Center, Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

    Erin Belfort, MD is a “Mainer” and returned to the state after her residency in general psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship training at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is currently the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Director at Maine Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is a staff psychiatrist for the Gender Clinic at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Her academic interests include the risks and benefits of social media use for adolescents and she is actively involved with the media committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Other professional interests include working with gender expansive youth, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts and Family Therapy teaching and training.

  • Brandy Brown, LCSW Program Manager, The Gender Clinic at Maine Medical Partners

    Brandy Brown, LCSW (Pronouns: she/her) is the Program Manager for The Gender Clinic Program at Maine Medical Partners/The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She provides assessment, therapy, coordination of medical and mental health services, and program development within a multidisciplinary setting. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Tufts University School of Medicine. Brandy received her BSW and MSW at the University of Southern Maine and is currently pursuing a DSW. Brandy is an advocate for improving LGBTQ+ healthcare, with a clinical focus on best practices in transgender health within pediatrics, as well as improving overall systemic competency and functionality within a large healthcare system. Brandy lives in Southern Maine where she prefers to stay close to the ocean with her family. She enjoys being outside at the beach or on a trail, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking.

  • Anna Mayo, PsyD Northern Light Health

    Anna Mayo, Psy.D., is a pediatric psychologist who works in Northern Light Health’s Pediatric Specialty Care. She specializes in helping patients and their families address the biopsychosocial factors affecting the patient’s physical health. A highly rewarding aspect of her work is providing care for gender diverse and transgender children and adolescents as a team member in Northern Light’s Gender Clinic. In addition to pediatric work, Anna is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she is a credentialed Health Service Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Gender Programs in Maine, Understanding Identity Development, Mental Health Assessment and Intervention, Gender Dysphoria, Substance Use, Suicide Prevention, and Recommendations to Pediatric Providers

10:45am - 11:30am

Data-Driven Policy on School Based Services for Sexual Minority Youth

  • Sheila Nelson, MSW, MPH, Program Manager Maine CDC, Adolescent and School Health Program

    Sheila Nelson is the Program Manager for Adolescent Health and Injury and Suicide Prevention at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Ms. Nelson provides education and access to care for young people, and coordinated programs focusing on promoting sexual health, substance-use prevention, suicide prevention, and positive youth development. She oversees adolescent health initiatives, School Based Health Centers, and the Maine Suicide Prevention Program.

Maine Integrated Health Survey details around LGBTQ youth and AS/APES use, School policies and role of School Nurses in care or support LGBTQ students, Suicide Prevention efforts aimed at LGBTQ youth

11:30am - 12:30pm

Clinical Care for Gender Transitioning Youth

  • Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH Hasbro Children's Hospital, RI and Alpert Medical School, Brown University

    Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH has been in Rhode Island and at Hasbro Children’s Hospital since 2009. She is a Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean of Medicine (Admissions) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Forcier specializes in gender, sexual and reproductive health. She provides consultation services in advanced contraception and family planning, sexually transmitted disease care, puberty and menstrual issues, and a variety of gender affirming hormones and care plans. She directs the Gender and Sexual Health Program, and collaborates with multiple medical and community agencies in promoting best practices for gender diverse, transgender and lesbian, gay and bisexual youth and adults.