Adapting Together

Dec 11, 2024 1:00PM—4:00PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until November 15) $325 members; $275 group-rate 3+; $525 non-members

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Join Janna Barkin, author, educator, and coach, for an impactful presentation where we delve into the journey of families with transgender, nonbinary, or gender-diverse youth. Studies show that transgender and nonbinary youth have the best chance of thriving when they have at least one supportive adult in their lives, especially when this adult is their main caregiver. When one person embarks on the path of transition, each family member experiences their own unique adjustment process. Teachers, Administrators, and other school personnel could be the ones a family member turns to for support. This virtual workshop will prepare you to be that one.

This session offers practical insights and empathetic guidance for fostering open communication and understanding within the family. Discover tools to strengthen family bonds, promote empathy, and foster a supportive environment for every family member. This program will support educators, parents, grandparents, family, friends, colleagues, social workers, therapists, and community members.

Participants will:

  • Gain insights into the unique experiences of each family member as a family member undergoes gender transition
  • Explore the gap in understanding gender identity and language of gender among generations in families, and possible pathways to success
  • Discuss intersectional and cultural considerations that may impact the pathway toward acceptance, and possible pathways to success
  • Learn practical tools for fostering empathy and open dialogue in families of transgender individuals

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!


Janna Barkin, CATDC Facilitator

Janna Barkin is an author, educator, and parent of a transgender person. Janna combines her many years of experience as a preschool educator/director and her expertise as a workshop presenter, speaker, group facilitator, and parent coach to bring educational and inspirational learning opportunities to educators, administrators, parents, caregivers, and community members. Since 2015, Janna has led a support group for parents and caregivers and another for grandparents of transgender and gender-expansive and questioning youth. She has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at California Council of Cooperative Preschools Conferences, Gender  Spectrum Conferences, the Philadelphia TransWellness Conference, at Fortune 500 corporations including The Gap and Microsoft, and at schools, bookstores, libraries, and other community gatherings. 

Janna’s new book, A Grand Love: Stories for Grandparents of Transgender Grandchildren (Jessica  Kingsley Publishers, 2024), is sure to be a moving and helpful resource. It includes personal stories and observations from the perspectives of the author, grandparents of transgender grandchildren, and transgender people themselves. Janna’s first book, He’s Always Been My Son: A Mother’s Story About Raising Her Transgender Son (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017), is an inspiring and moving story told from the heart of an extraordinary family. This book recounts the emotional and uplifting journey of raising a transgender child. To learn more about Janna and the work she does, visit her website.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.