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 at a date not yet determined and will be recorded and posted for viewing. 


Where Do We Even Begin? Supporting Gender Diverse Families: Voices of Youth, Families, & Professionals
Live online session Date and Time "TBA"; recording to be made available shortly 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, Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic; 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.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Participants will articulate existing programming infrastructure supporting the parents and families of gender diverse youth at large pediatric gender care centers across the United States.
  2. Participants will appraise the voices of gender diverse families and determine how current support infrastructure addresses the central themes raised by this group.
  3. Participants will collaborate with members of gender diverse families and explore ways to adapt and improve existing programming based on the experiences shared during the session.
Faculty Expertise: Drs. Inwards-Breland and Voss are adolescent specialists providing gender-affirming care to young people. Both have spoken and taught about supporting gender diverse families, and Dr. Inwards-Breland has studied the experiences of both patients and parents. Samantha King is a social worker who serves as an education coordinator and intake specialist for a multidisciplinary gender clinic. Drs. Kidd and Sequeira are adolescent fellows who are passionate about understanding the experience of gender diverse families. Kathie Moehlig is a public speaker and advocate for gender diverse families as well as the parent of a gender diverse young person.


Rapid, Point-of-Care Diagnosis of STIs: A Tool For Transforming Risk of STIs to Sexual Health

Live online session Date and Time "TBA"; recording to be made available shortly after live session

Speakers: Lea Widdice, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Charlotte Gaydos, M.S., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., Johns Hopkins University; Anne Rompalo, M.D., Sc.M., Johns Hopkins University

Description: Recent developments in STI diagnostic assays combined with novel implementation strategies to deliver rapid STI testing have the potential to transform STI testing from a tool to mitigate adolescents’ risk of STI to a tool to promote adolescents’ sexual wellness. Improvements in STI testing can promote adolescent sexual wellness by increasing access to STI testing and shortening the time between an adolescent’s decision to test for STIs and receiving STI education and treatment based on reliable diagnostic results. Adolescents’ access to STI testing is increasing as STI testing becomes available in nontraditional settings, such as pharmacies, over-the-internet, and over-the-counter. Session content includes updates on performance of STI diagnostic tests and implementation studies of STI tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, M. genitalium and HIV. Session content will serve as a foundation to change and challenge medical providers’ STI testing practices and may prompt further research in implementation of STI testing. The session content supports SAHM’s goal to be inclusive of diverse populations by using sex-positive approaches towards STI testing and drawing upon presenters’ research and clinical experiences in rural American Indian populations, the US, Uganda, South Africa, and Australia. International voices will be encouraged by presentation of evidence from presenters’ and attendees’ international research and clinical experiences. Session content will be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience because point-of-care testing programs are well suited for both medical and nonmedical settings. Adolescent voices will be included through presentation of qualitative and quantitative research findings. Presenters will share quotes from adolescents.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Identify and consider performance characteristics of STI diagnostic tests that are available in the US and worldwide, including tests newly cleared for clinical use, currently in clinical trials, and promising tests under development.
  2. Critique and propose implementation strategies of STI diagnostic tests and testing strategies with the highest potential to improve access to STI testing and reduce disparities in STIs worldwide
  3. Discuss how point-of-care STI diagnostic testing, using self-collected-vaginal, -penile, -pharyngeal, and –rectal sampling, can promote sexual wellness and autonomy among adolescents by increasing access to STI testing
Faculty Expertise: Dr. Charlotte Gaydos has 45 years of microbiology laboratory experience and over 430 publications. She is past-president of the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections, member of the Johns Hopkins Global Health Center, and Director of the JHU International STI Research Laboratory. She runs an internet-based STI testing program ( Dr. Anne Rompalo has over 35 years of experience in infectious diseases, is Medical Director of the JHU STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, and conducts international research in STI testing implementation. Dr. Lea Widdice has over 12 years of experience in adolescent medicine and research expertise on STI diagnostic development.


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

Live online session Date and Time "TBA"; recording to be made available shortly 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.

Educational 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.
Faculty Expertise: Rebecka Peebles currently serves as the Director of Research and Quality Innovations at the Eating Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (EDATP at CHOP), and works to incorporate Health At Every Size (HAES) in all her clinical work. Rachel Millner is a lead clinical psychologist in the EDATP at CHOP, a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS) and is a nationally renowned speaker on eating disorders and HAES. Lauren Muhlheim is a psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS). She directs Eating Disorder Therapy LA and authored of When Your Teen Has an Eating Disorder.