Trans Wellbeing – Parenting Program


An online 7-week course and group program for parents of transgender and gender
diverse people.

Program Outline:

Creating an Effective Support Plan

  • The statistics are alarming. Here’s why you don’t need to worry
  • Evidence based Risk & Resilience Factors: What really makes a difference
  • The varied parental reactions, and when your co-parent has a different one to you
  • The power of parent-child connectedness
  • Acknowledging and attending to parental fear and grief
  • Dealing with the doomsayers

Bodies & Gender

  • The social significance of bodies
  • What science is revealing about the diversity of biological sex
  • Practical ways to talk about bodies with your child
  • The functions of gender identity
  • How do they know they are trans?
  • Why language is important, and terminology isn’t

Names & Pronouns

  • Why adopting new language is so difficult
  • Names and pronouns as symbols for identity
  • Loving ways to use terms of endearment & descriptors

Femininity & Masculinity

  • Understanding the myths around femininity and masculinity
  • Learning from history
  • Practical ways you can enable authentic expression


  • ‘Big D’ and ‘little d’ dysphoria
  • Does dysphoria make you trans?
  • How dysphoria disguises itself
  • Practical strategies that help
  • How you can help foster joy and confidence

Transition & Affirmation

  • Traditions of transition: unveiling our legacy of concealment
  • The real purpose of transition
  • Gender affirmation is for everyone. So what is different here?
  • Common parent and child feelings during transitions
  • Addressing your child’s urgency while you want to slow things down
  • A model for responding to new information (even when you are freaking out)

Presence & Proximity

  • Parenting when we’re afraid
  • The vulnerability of parenthood
  • Finding the right balance of closeness and autonomy
  • How to repair after conflict and hurt
  • Loving collaboration during decision making
  • When your child doesn’t talk to you, and what you can do to help
  • Creating conditions for bonding

Your Child & The World

  • Responding to transphobia
  • Responses that heal
  • Alleviating your child’s burdens
  • 5 types of conversation you can have, and models to guide you
  • Parental self-compassion 
  • Three types of community, and their gifts
  • When community is hard to access

We are a part of Trans Wellbeing, who are registered as a: Partnership.

More details

LGBTIQ Owned and Operated: Yes
Qualifications: Psychotherapist
Service Delivery Format:
  • - Online forum/Group
Service Delivery Location:
  • - All of Victoria

Cost: $$$
Opening Times: Anytime


Wheel Chair accessible
Hearing impaired
Sight Impaired
Cognitive Sensibility

How to contact us

Contact Name: Ari DUnphy
Email Address:

No physical address.