Empowering youth, families and communities with gender affirming services, training and research.

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The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project’s (GFP) mission is to empower youths, families, and communities by providing gender-affirmative services, training, and research. Founded in 2010 by therapist Jean Malpas, GFP promotes gender diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to nurturing family relationships and advancing social justice in the world at large.

What We Do:

GFP provides comprehensive multidisciplinary services for gender-expansive children and adolescents, their families, and the communities and institutions they inhabit, including:

  • Support groups for caregivers, siblings, and extended family members
  • Play group for children and tweens 5 to 14 years old
  • Support group for adolescents 14 to 18 years old
  • Support group for Spanish-speaking caregivers
  • Family therapy and parental coaching
  • Affirmative psychological and gender evaluation
  • Education and training for educators, administrators, and medical and mental health providers
  • Education and training for corporate groups and organizations
  • Advocacy training and organizing for youth and families
  • Longitudinal and qualitative research on gender identity development, family acceptance and multidisciplinary care

The Gender & Family Project is a program of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.