Course description

One out of every five transgender people who disclose their identity to a therapist will be urged by their therapist to stop being transgender. One out of 10 transgender people will be refused services entirely, often because the provider cites a lack of experience working with transgender people. It’s little wonder that a third of transgender individuals who would want therapy choose not to seek it out (National Center for Transgender Equality, 2015). You can change these outcomes by ensuring that every aspect of your practice is gender celebratory, from your initial phone call to your final session. This course is an intermediate course on transgender care. Clinicians will learn how to actively affirm and celebrate all people who identify as transgender or non-binary, including how to support a transgender client through a gender transition.

1.5 hours CE. Recorded video (non-interactive) format

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least four challenges transgender clients face when working with cisgender therapists

  • Identify at least five ways to make your practice celebratory and inclusive

  • Describe at least four aspects of a gender transition

  • Apply at least three techniques for processing gender identity issues in therapy

Course outline

1. The importance of training

2. Key terms

3. Clinical barriers

a. Fear that therapist won’t be informed

b. Fear that therapist will misgender them

c. Fear that therapist will judge them

d. Fear that they will be pathologized 

e. Fear of being referred to another clinician 

f. Fear that therapist will not affirm gender and/or write letters for gender alignment procedures and legal marker changes 

4. Affirming and celebratory practice guidelines

5. Understanding gender transition

a. Equifinality and equipotentiality

6. Supporting transgender clients

a. How to have conversations about gender

b. How to explore the topic of gender

c. How to explore the topic of transition

d. How to encourage exploration 

e. How to offer compassion 

f. How to ask questions that are curious and sensitive

g. How to connect a client to community resources

h. How to learn more on this subject

References

Instructor

Moe A. Brown, MS, LMFT

Moe A Brown (they/he) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Illinois and Georgia. They specialize in work with the LGBTQIA+ community, specifically with the transgender community. They are the founder of Transcendent Therapy and Consulting. There, they have contracted with Universities, community mental health agencies, and other mental health organizations to provide continuing education about transgender affirming care. Previously an adjunct professor for graduate level clinicians, Moe remains dedicated to helping advance the mental health field’s role in transgender care, through public speaking and educating others on allyship.

Additional information

Format and Length:

Recorded video (non-interactive) format; Total running time 1 hour, 32 minutes

Topic Area:

Social and Cultural Competence

Instructional Level:

Intermediate

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professions authorized by their states to write referral letters for trans clients to receive medical care.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: July 22, 2021

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1.5 hours of continuing education (1.5 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2021 – 07/06/2024. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education credits in the Social and Cultural Competence topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582. 

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0030.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0091.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0206.


This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.