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Effects of Complex Trauma for Transgender and Non-Binary Youth and the Overwhelming Essentiality of Family Acceptance

March 14, 2023 at 6:30 pm EDT

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join Jodi Argentino and her guest, Dr. Philippa Connolly, Clinical Psychologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, for a discussion on the effects of complex trauma for transgender and non-binary youth and the overwhelming essentiality of family acceptance.

“In this complimentary webinar series, we will engage in multi-disciplinary discussions about supporting and affirming gender diverse youth. I am honored to be joined by educational and mental health experts each session to share information in a way that is accessible to anyone who wants to learn. I chose to host this program over the entire month of March culminating in time for International Day of Transgender Visibility (March 31st) in celebration of the transgender and non-binary community.” -Jodi Argentino


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jodi.argentino@offitkurman.com | 973.245.9929

Jodi Argentino  has over two decades of experience in NJ and NY Family Law, with specialty focus on LGBTQIA+ community, non-biological parents, special needs children and neurodiverse individuals. Jo also has her Masters in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology, which informs her work as a litigator, mediator, Guardian ad Litem, and Parent Coordinator.

Jo is an active and passionate volunteer within the legal and LGBTQ+ communities and has written extensively on the subject of Family Law and LGBTQ issues. She has been a speaker for organizations in NY and NJ, as well as for various national venues. Her latest publication, "Affirmation is Essential for LGBTQ+ Youth in Family Court" can be found here.


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Dr. Philippa Connolly, PhD (she/her)

Clinical psychologist

Dr. Connolly is a licensed clinical psychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Assistant Director of Program Evaluation and Research for the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience. She is a graduate of Columbia University where she received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, and is currently a steering committee member of the federal National Child Traumatic Stress Network which guides the national progress, priorities and development of treatments and services for children and families with trauma.

Dr. Connolly specializes in providing gender-affirming and trauma-informed care to those who most struggle to access culturally-responsive mental health care, including LGBTQ+ and gender diverse-identifying individuals, underserved urban communities of color, and those involved in the justice system. Her research focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating trauma-informed, trauma-focused programs for these same communities with a view to informing policy change, and increasing accessibility of effective community-based trauma-informed treatments.



Overview of school-based resources, rights, and concerns for transgender and non-binary youth. Register here.

GUEST: Shannon Cuttle (they/them): Founder of New Jersey Safe Schools Action Network


Interdisciplinary practice in the LGBTQ+ world - recognizing the psychological impact of the court process in furthering the best interests of transgender and non-binary youth. Register here.

GUEST: Rebecca M. Stahl, LLM (she/they): Former Executive Director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families Children and the Courts at the University of Baltimore School of Law


MARCH 7TH: Aspects of Affirmation: An Overview of the Experiences and Needs of Transgender and Non-binary Youth

Join Jodi Argentino and her guest, Celeste Fiore, Esq. (they/them), Founder of Trans Affirming Alliance, a New Jersey non-profit, as they as they provide an overview of the experiences and needs of transgender and non-binary youth across the United States.

Watch the recording here.


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March 14, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
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