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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I refer a family to the Gender & Family Project (GFP)?

Thanks for thinking of us! You can have the family email us at mdedini@ackermanorg. From there we’ll help determine whether we’re a good fit and any next steps including an intake.

What do you mean by family?

GFP works with all families, including chosen families, blended, single-parent, adoptive, foster and separated/divorced families.

In order to work with someone under 18, we need consent from each custodial guardian.

For couples’ therapy, we refer to the Ackerman Institute’s general couple and family therapy clinic. We provide targeted referrals for individual therapy.

Does GFP work with trans adults?

Our family therapy services have no age limit; we provide family therapy to families of trans and non-binary folks of all ages. To enter our support groups, youths must be between the ages of 5 and 19 years old. Caregiver groups have no age limit.

Do you offer youth programming without their parent(s)/caregiver(s)?

While our support groups include youth-only spaces, youth cannot come on their own, nor can minors enroll in services without the consent of all custodial caregivers. We can provide referrals for young people seeking care without the consent of their caregivers. Caregivers can come on their own for family therapy and/or groups.

Does GFP work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people?

GFP focuses on the “T” in LGBTQ and works with trans, gender expansive, non-binary and questioning young people and their families. Some transgender people are also gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, etc., and we work with family members with a variety of sexual orientations. To qualify for GFP services, though, there must be a person in the family who is transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender expansive. We give referrals to families seeking services when the young person is cisgender and gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, etc.

What do GFP services cost?

Training

For schools and nonprofits, a 2-hour virtual Gender Basics training costs $1,750 and consultation costs $300 per hour. For additional training options and corporate rates as well as to schedule a training, please click here to complete a brief form and we’ll get back to you within 3 working days.

Family Therapy

As a part of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, the Gender & Family Project is in network with the insurance plans below. Please contact your insurance for specific details about whether or not you have out-of-network benefits and what your co-pay will be.

If we do not accept your insurance, please contact us to learn more about our sliding scale fee based on your income and family size.

Accepted Insurance Plans

Affinity
Amida Care
Beacon
Center Light
Child Health Plus
Emblem

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Empire Plan
GHI
Health Exchange
Health First
HIP
Hudson Health Plan
Integra Fida Plan
Market Plus
Metro Plus
Metro Plus w/Fida
MHAP
Optum
Oxford
River Spring Fida Plan
Senior Whole Health Plan
United Behavioral Health
United Health Care
United Health Care - Community Plan
Value Options

Support Groups

Support groups are once per month with no obligation to attend consecutively. It’s one fee for the whole family, regardless of the number of people who attend. Our support groups are not a clinical service, so we cannot bill your insurance. Below is the scale we use for support group fees based on income.

Income

Fee

$0 - $25,000

$5

$26,000 - $40,000

$15

$41,000 - $50,000

$30

$51,000 - $60,000

$60

$61,000 - $70,000

$70

$71,000 - $80,000

$85

$81,000 - $90,000

$90

$91,000 +

$100

Do you accept insurance?

Yes! We accept insurance for family therapy. Please see the list of in-network insurances accepted under “What do your services cost?”

Because support groups are not a clinical service, we use a sliding scale instead.

Are you in-person or virtual?

As a part of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, we follow the Institute’s policies. Right now we are 100% virtual and are not planning to return to in-person services until winter 2022. Please click here for updated information regarding our COVID response.

What virtual platforms do you use?

For training, we are able to use any virtual platform of your choice! For family therapy and support groups we use HIPAA-compliant versions of Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

What are support groups like?

The first step to join our support groups is to complete an intake. Families are invited by email once per month and must RSVP in order to get the link to attend. Support groups are offered on a HIPAA-compliant virtual platform. Groups are either monthly or quarterly and are between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the group (see below). In order for youth to attend, a caregiver must attend the caregiver group, although youth are not required to attend in order for caregivers to join. Though there is no requirement to attend each month, an updated intake will be required if you have not participated in a GFP service in the last 12 months. For info about our fees, please see “What do your services cost?” above. Please see below for details on the support groups we offer.

Gender Creative Kids

ages 5-10, meets monthly on a Wednesday 4-5pm EST

Group starts with names, pronouns, and a fun check-in question. Activities include drawing, virtual games, watching short videos, and some active play. Activities and discussions are designed to build community and explore identity.

Tween Group

ages 10-14, meets monthly on a Wednesday 5-6:30pm EST

Group starts with names, pronouns, and a fun check-in question. Activities include prompts for art and journaling connected to a topic as well as viewing short videos for discussion. Activities and discussion center on topics such as navigating disclosure among family and peers, connecting to LGBTQ history, and supporting each other. This group meets on the same Zoom link as the Teen group and includes some shared activities.

Teen Group

ages 14-18, Meets monthly on a Wednesday 5-6:30pm EST

Group starts with names, pronouns, and a fun check-in question. Activities include prompts for art and journaling connected to a topic as well as viewing short videos for discussion. Activities and discussion center on topics such as dating & relationships, navigating multiple identities, and current events. This group meets on the same Zoom link as the Tween group and includes some shared activities.

Caregiver Group (English)

Caregivers of all ages are welcome. Meets monthly on a Monday 5-6:30pm EST

Group begins with an extended introduction called social location, where each name our pronouns, race, gender, etc. allowing us to bring in our full selves and model an inclusive community. Facilitators prompt participants to share their emotional experiences and resonate with each other to create a feeling of being understood. We are occasionally joined by guest speakers from relevant community partners in order to share resources.

Caregiver Group (Spanish)

Caregivers of all ages are welcome. Meets quarterly on a Monday 5-6:30pm EST

This group meets at the same times as the Caregiver of Color group (below) and both groups share the welcome and closing time together to build community. Groups begin with an extended introduction called social location, where each name our pronouns, race, gender, etc. in order to create the inclusive community we seek. Facilitators prompt participants to share their emotional experiences connected to raising children in multiple languages and cultures of gender. Participants are encouraged to connect with each other to offer support and guidance.

Caregiver of Color Group

Caregivers of Color of all ages are welcome. Meets quarterly on a Monday 5-6:30pm EST

This group meets at the same times as the Spanish-language caregiver group (above) and both groups share the welcome and closing time together to build community. Groups begin with an extended introduction called social location, where each name our pronouns, race, gender, etc. in order to create the inclusive community we seek. Facilitators prompt participants to share their emotional joys and challenges of raising a gender expansive child of color, and to connect with each other for support navigating the nuances of this journey.

Cisgender Sibling Group

Ages 5-14, currently suspended due to COVID-19

This group will resume meeting on a quarterly basis beginning September 2021 and provide a virtual space for exploring cisgender identity in relation to a sibling’s transgender identity. Topics will include connection to the LGBTQ community as aspiring allies, challenges in allyship, and community-building.

What is family therapy like?

The first step for families who are interested in family therapy is to complete an intake with the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Family therapy sessions are held weekly at the same day and time each week. Sessions are currently virtual on a HIPAA-compliant platform and are between 50 and 60 minutes. Your family therapist will work with you to develop goals for therapy and decide on which family members should attend each session.

Our stance is to affirm transgender youth and adults by using their chosen name and pronouns from the very beginning. We support cisgender family members in deepening their connection to their gender expansive family member(s) and each other, connecting to supportive community, and exploring nuances of identity.

We also understand that gender may not be the only thing you’d like to work on! Family therapists at the Gender & Family Project also help with other relational goals. We focus on understanding individuals’ thoughts, feelings and behavior within the context of their families. Our overarching goal is to harness and strengthen family resources to help family members work collaboratively towards solutions to their problems.

What research and best practices inform GFP’s services?

Research

Best Practices