Virtual Workshops

SAHM virtual workshops are 90-minute sessions, often with multiple presenters. They are a mix of educational formats: lecture, case-based presentation, panel discussion, small group work, or interactive activities. Each workshop will be available as a live session on the date listed below each workshop title. Workshops will be recorded and posted for viewing. 


Where Do We Even Begin? Supporting Gender Diverse Families: Voices of Youth, Families & Professionals

Live session scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 - 3:30-5:00 p.m. EDT
(Recording to made available immediately after live session)

Speakers: Kacie Kidd, MD, Center for Adolescent & Young Adult Health; Gina Sequeira, MD, MS, Center for Adolescent & Young Adult Health; David Inwards-Breland, MD, MPH,  UC San Diego School of Medicine; Samantha King, MSW, M.Ed, Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic; Raina Voss, MD, MPH, Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine; Kathie Moehlig,TransFamily Support Services

Description: The first portion of this workshop will provide an overview of the parent and family support programs at multidisciplinary pediatric and adolescent gender centers across the United States in order to inform participants of what is currently happening as well as to inspire them to adopt, adapt, or improve upon this programming. The second portion of this workshop will consist of video clips of parents and caregivers of gender diverse youth sharing their experiences on everything from learning about their young person’s identity to working with medical providers and navigating school systems, faith, and more. A live panel of parents and a gender diverse young person will expand on the topics addressed in the video clips and take questions from participants. This session supports SAHM’s goal to be inclusive of diverse populations in its overall focus (gender diverse families) and through multidisciplinary as well as geographically and racially diverse participants. We are incorporating both the voice of youth as well as the voices of parents and family members who have much to contribute to our learning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate existing programming infrastructure supporting the parents and families of gender diverse youth at large pediatric gender care centers across the United States.
  2. Appraise the voices of gender diverse families and determine how current support infrastructure addresses the central themes raised by this group.
  3. Collaborate with members of gender diverse families and explore ways to adapt and improve existing programming based on the experiences shared during the session.


How to Communicate with Teens in Ways that Work -- Incorporating Teen Insights via Case Studies from UNITY Consortium’s Teen Advisory Council

Live session scheduled for Thursday, July 16 - 3:30-5:00 p.m. EDT 

(Recording to made available immediately after live session)

Speakers: Judy K. Klein, BS/BA, Unity Consortium; Laura A. Offutt, MD, FACP, Real Talk with Dr. Offutt; Ishika Majumder, Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin, OH
Description: Health organizations work hard to create educational programs to help teens understand the risks and rewards associated with their behaviors, but often fail to include teen perspectives in shaping their programs. UNITY strives to improve adolescent and young adult immunization coverage within the context of preventive healthcare. We have sought teen guidance for our initiatives via UNITY’s Teen Advisory Council. Understanding and incorporating teen input has significantly improved UNITY’s educational programs. We will share our experiences through the different lenses of our workshop panelists – a teen on UNITY's Teen Advisory Council, the Physician Lead for the Teen Advisory Council, and the President of UNITY. The panelists will focus on 3 different real-world case studies in which the Teen Advisors helped UNITY ensure the programs are engaging. The cases range from vaccine education materials to website design, with each case including a variety of component areas where we sought advisor input. Participants will work in small groups to critique the draft materials with an eye toward what the participants believe would resonate with teens. We will share how the actual Teen Advisors’ input differed from our adult assumptions (UNITY’s aha moments), how UNITY incorporated the teens’ input into our final programs, and the results from the programs. In addition, the panelists will provide practical tips on how to incorporate the Teen Voice into their program development based on UNITY's lessons learned. Workshop learnings will apply to any health organization working on reaching and engaging teens with health information and resources.

Learning Objectives:
  1. State approaches for communicating vaccination messages that resonate with teens
  2. Identify effective communications strategies to activate teens to request vaccination, recognizing that adult perceptions about how to engage teens may miss the mark
  3. Consider integration of teen insights into vaccine program development, leveraging methods from UNITY and other workshop participants' experience


Health at Every Size(R) and Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment: Can They Co-Exist?

Live session scheduled for Thursday, July 23 - 3:30-5:00 p.m. EDT 

(Recording to made available immediately after live session)

Speakers: Rebecka Peebles, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, Eating Disorders LA; Rachel Millner, PsyD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Description: Health at Every Size (HAES) is a framework that is based on embracing size and weight diversity, flexible eating without diets or weight control, joyful movement, health enhancement, social justice, and respectful treatment for people across the weight spectrum. HAES has a long history and a promising evidence base, and more recently, has become more widely accepted in the eating disorder field as a critical perspective for clinicians to incorporate into treatment. Newer studies show that patients with eating disorders have a wide variety of sizes; all sizes can be harmed equally in the service of the eating disorder as maladaptive weight control behaviors carry significant risk. Eating disorder treatment with adolescents has also evolved to become more inclusive of families and to prioritize weight restoration in those with suppressed weight. While HAES seems to be more regularly incorporated into adult treatment, it seems to less frequently be part of treatment with adolescents. Adolescents of normal and higher weights are frequently treated quite differently from patients with obvious cachexia while seeking care for eating disorders, as many providers either dispute the severity of eating disorders in those of higher weights, wrestle with their own weight bias, or remain fearful that a HAES approach will increase the risk for ‘obesity’ or other medical comorbidities. In this talk, we will explore if HAES and adolescent treatment can co-exist.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain strategies for educating family members and aligning them around HAES.
  2. Discuss how weighing within a HAES approach can be done compassionately and without increasing stigma.
  3. Describe how to incorporate HAES into the setting of recovery weights.