Moving Toward a Transgender Affirmative Clinical Practice

Working with Transgender and Non-binary Children and Adolescents

Moving Toward a Transgender Affirmative Clinical Practice
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Intended For

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Social Workers


Friday, October 18, 2019. 8:30am – 4:30pm

About the Session
Through interactive lecture, exercises, activities, and small group work, this intermediate-level workshop is designed to help mental health practitioners working with children and adolescents to address biases and attitudes that undermine therapeutic safety, increase provider knowledge of gender minorities, and discuss the clinical issues facing transgender and non-binary clients.  Both clinical and administrative considerations will be presented to ensure that clinical practices are ethical, affirming, and inclusive from start to finish.  Participants will leave with clinical competencies to better meet the growing and evolving demands of this population.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore your own stereotypes, myths, and experiences in a safe, non-judgmental learning environment and use this to inform your work with children and adolescents who are transgender or non-binary.
  • Learn foundations and language of understanding gender for working with children and adolescents.
  • Describe and appreciate the unique needs of children and adolescents who are transgender or non-binary.
  • Acquire some clinical and administrative guidance to create a safe, therapeutic environment for and to address the needs of gender minorities.
  • Develop diagnostic criteria for assessing gender dysphoria when working with children and adolescents who are transgender or non-binary.

Instructor Credentials
Sean Lare is a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about serving the transgender and gender diverse community by providing psychotherapy, leading advocacy work, and educating others on the varied experiences of this community. Through his consultation work, he has presented about working with LGB and Transgender clients, students, and employees at regional and local conferences, provided trainings to schools, behavioral health organizations, hospitals, and employers, and participated in numerous panel discussions and guest lecture presentations in undergraduate- and graduate-level classes. Mr. Lare has been invited to contribute to several community and policy planning meetings and has participated in advocacy efforts to increase services and rights for and to meet the diverse needs of transgender people. The focus of his psychotherapy practice in Columbia, MD is working with children, teens, and adults who are transgender or gender diverse and their families and providing supervision and consultation to other providers. More information can be found at

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Professional: $195
Student: $135  (please provide proof of student/trainee status)
*Please note, refunds will be offered 1 week prior to the training date.  There may be a processing charge incurred by Eventbrite for refunds.

Water, tea, and coffee will be provided. Lunch is on your own.

6 CE Credits awarded to psychologists. This workshop fulfills cultural competency requirements for the Maryland Board of Psychology and the LGBTQ CE requirements from the DC Board of Psychology.
6 CME Credits awarded to psychiatrists
6 CE credits by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland
6 CE credits by the Virginia Board of Social Work
6 CE credits by the DC Board of Social Work (pending approval)**

(Full attendance is required to obtain CE/CME credit)

The Ross Center – Northern Virginia
1595 Spring Hill Road, Auditorium
Vienna, VA 22182


For more information, please contact Stacy Coyle, Psy.D. at: or 202-363-1010 ext. 125. Special accommodation requests must be made by October 11, 2019.

There is no known commercial support for this program.


The Ross Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Ross Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For information about our grievance procedure relating to CE programs, click here. There is no commercial support for this program.

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