Exploring the Unique Healthcare Needs of Gender Diverse Youth

The needs of youth who identify as trans*, or gender diverse, have become more visible in recent years. Attendees will receive information about the unique healthcare needs and challenges faced by gender diverse youth. Information will be provided about strategies and interventions that can be utilized to support this patient population. Ethical concerns that may be encountered when working with gender diverse youth and their families will be discussed.

Discuss the unique health care and spiritual challenges faced by youth who identify as transgender.
Identify ethical concerns that have the potential to arise when caring for patients who identify as transgender and their families.
Discuss interventions that can be used within the healthcare setting to support children who identify as transgender and their families.

DOMAIN: Ethics
1.5 PDUs

Nikki Orkoskey


Nikki Orkoskey, MA, CCLS (she/her/hers) has been a child life specialist for more than 21 years. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of supporting patients who identify as LGBTQ+, more specifically youth who identify as gender diverse. She has a professional interest in diversity and how aspects of our diversity play out in our personal and professional lives. Nikki currently works at the Mazzoni Center, an organization that provides comprehensive health and wellness services to the LGBTQ+ community in Philadelphia, PA.

Susan Jelinek

M. Div, BCC

Susan L. Jelinek, MDiv, BCC is Staff Chaplain III, Pastoral Care Department and part of the Transgender Clinic Team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. A co-author for “Screening for Spiritual Struggle in an Adolescent Transgender Clinic: Feasibility and Acceptability” in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, and co-author of “Spiritual Care of Transgender Persons,” for the medical textbook, “Introduction to Transgender Medicine: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” (2018). Susan Jelinek has demonstrated how research, spiritual care, and clinical care can intersect and interwoven for improved outcomes for patients and their families. In 2017, Susan L. Jelinek was awarded the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) for her commitment to excellence in professional chaplaincy and her unique contribution to contemporary chaplaincy care. Susan Jelinek is also a devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs.


Exploring the Unique Healthcare needs of Gender Diverse Youth
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5 Questions
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
1.50 Ethics credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Ethics credits  |  Certificate available