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Always a Boy: One Family's Transgender Journey

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Virtual by ZOOM Conferencing
po box 670218
dallas, TX  75367
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Monique Losson
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Always a Boy: One Family’s Transgender Journey



Saturday, October 17, 2020

10:00am - 1:00pm Central Time

Zoom Live Conference

CEU Fees: 3 CME/CEU offered: $20.00 for DPC Members; $25.00 for non DPC Members

This presentation is open to mental health professionals and the general public at no charge. Donations are gratefully accepted to help keep our programs affordable.



The Dallas Psychoanalytic Center is pleased to host a special Diversity Workshop focusing on the transgender journey of the Ivester family. Jeremy Ivester will join us to share his personal experiences with gender nonconformity and coming out as transgender. Jo Ivester is Jeremy’s mother and author of the acclaimed book Once a Girl, Always a Boy. Her book beautifully details the Ivester family’s experiences throughout Jeremy’s life. Jo and Jeremy will share personal stories, memories, and readings from the book during the talk. Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. is a developmental and clinical psychologist who specializes in clinical work and research with gender expansive children. She will join the Ivesters in discussion and will focus on providing a contemporary psychoanalytic framework for understanding gender nonconformity. We hope you can join us for this unique event.

Learning Objectives:

Describe and identify variability in the experience of gender identity and expression of gender in gender nonconforming and transgender individuals.

Recognize and understand contemporary psychoanalytic framework for conceptualization and treatment of transgender individuals.

Recognize and understand individual stressors and family stressors that are unique to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

Jo Ivester

In 1967, when Jo was ten years old, her father moved their family to an all-black town in the Mississippi Delta, where they were drawn into the civil rights movement. Because of this experience, Jo is committed to advocating for equal rights for all. Her best-selling, award-winning memoir about her family’s time there, The Outskirts of Hope, has led to numerous speaking engagements about racial relations. In the last few years, Jo has broadened her focus to raise awareness about the transgender community. Through her writing and speaking, she shares the story of what it was like for her son to grow up in a world not quite ready for people like him. Jo serves on the boards of the Central Texas Anti-Defamation League, Equality Texas, and the Austin branch of GLSEN. Before becoming an author and speaker, Jo received a BS in civil engineering and urban planning from MIT and an MBA from Stanford. She worked in transportation and operations management and then taught at St. Edward’s University. Now living in Austin, Jo has been married to Jon Ivester for almost forty years, and has four children and five grandchildren, all living close by. She loves spending time with her growing family, remains passionate about her advocacy work, and enjoys skiing and swing dancing

Jo’s recently published book, Once a Girl, Always a Boy, received starred ratings from Kirkus Review and the Library Journal, and has been recommended for Young Adult readers by the American Library Association through its review service, Booklist. In June, Once a Girl, Always a Boy was included in USA Today’s list of top 10 LGBTQ books to read during Pride Month. It has been recognized by several magazines as one of the top reads for Spring 2020: Ms., Parade, and Travel & Leisure. It won first place in the categories of LGBTQ and Parenting books with the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as first place in the LGBTQ category of the National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA). Finally, the NIEA selected it for one of two Juror’s Choice Awards as the top book from all of their categories combined.

Jeremy Ivester

Jeremy is a transgender man who grew up in a suburb of Austin, Texas, describing himself as a tomboy. At twenty-three, he had top surgery. At twenty-four, he changed his name to Jeremy, asked to be referred to with male pronouns, and began taking hormones to lower his voice and further masculinize his physique. At twenty-five, he changed his legal name. He kept a video journal for much of his transition; those recordings are the basis for the book, Once a Girl, Always a Boy. Jeremy has been the keynote speaker at the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit and the Austin ADL’s Teen Summit. He addresses student and community groups about what it was like to grow up trans in Texas and Colorado. He attended classes at the University of Colorado as a math major and now provides day care for his nieces and nephews and works at Starbucks as a barista. When not taking care of babies or making coffee, he loves to draw, write songs, and snowboard.


Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.

Diane is a developmental and clinical psychologist, associate professor of Pediatrics at University of California San Francisco, and Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She is co-editor with Dr. Colt Keo-Meier of The Gender Affirmative Model, and author of The Gender Creative Child and Gender Born, Gender Made. She specializes in research, clinical work, training, and consultation related to gender expansive children, and publishes and lectures both nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Ehrensaft is presently co-investigator in a four-site NIH grant studying the effects of puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones in gender expansive and transgender youth and principal investigator in a companion four-site grant, The Gender Journey Project, studying the psychological experiences of prepubertal gender expansive children. She has served on the faculty of UCSF, UC Berkeley, The Wright Institute, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Global Education Initiative. She is a founding member and senior clinician of A Home With, a national organization addressing the emotional needs of children in foster care.

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Physicians: this activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: pursuant to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists rule 461.11(c)(2)(B) the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center qualifies as an approved CEU provider. Psychologists can claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers: the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (Provider #6949) to provide continuing education activities for social workers. Licensed Professional Counselors: pursuant to Texas Administrative Code related to the Texas State Board Of Examiners Of Professional Counselors Rule 681.142 the Dallas Psychoanalytic Center qualifies to provide continuing education for licensed professional counselors in Texas.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Dallas Psychoanalytic Center

PO Box 670218 | Dallas, Texas | 75367-0218

Phone: 214-471-5524