What to expect
Our experienced social work team is one of the first points of contact at the Gender Pathway Services clinic. Our social workers provide support and advocacy for young people and their families, as well as consultation and education for community partners, local school systems and other allies.
A Gender Pathway Services psychologist is available to provide a diagnostic evaluation and to make treatment recommendations. Gender Pathway Services patients are seen at least once a year by the multi-disciplinary treatment team, which includes professionals from social work, psychology, adolescent medicine, endocrinology and chaplaincy and hearing and speech, if needed. Ongoing mental health support is generally provided in the community, but psychologists are available to consult with community therapists as needed.
An endocrinologist will recommend blood work to look for biologic changes that may contribute to feelings of transgender and treat those if needed. They are also available to discuss puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones at appropriate ages, monitor their effects, and help guide patients who desire gender confirmation surgery to appropriate surgeons.