ACE Foundation Programs

Saturday, May 6, 2023

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work’s Staten Island Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW


Program Description

This course provides foundation knowledge and general practice skills for working with families with gender nonconforming, non-binary, and transgender children. The role of family members, service providers, and educational institutions will be discussed. Participants will gain knowledge of the development of gender identity- formation, trans-affirming health care, and familial issues, across the life span, including the coming-out process and the potential outcomes for children and youth. Additionally, we will review educational policy, and pending civil and legal issues that impact youth and their families.

We will explore the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity and the developmental process youth experience who recognize gender identity struggles. This workshop will frame transgender emergence as a normative process of identity development and will challenge the view that gender variance is pathological. Lifecycle issues will be reviewed including social transition for pre-pubertal children who are expressing gender nonconformity, puberty blockers and hormonal treatment to assist adolescents beginning transition, and utilizing the WPATH Standards of Care. The discussion will focus on ways for families to assist children and teens in healthy gender development, regardless of how typical or atypical their gender expression may be, and sensitive to the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, religion, and community diversity.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Saturday, May 6, 2023

10:00am – 1:00pm


Registration closed on 5/4/2023 at 5pm.

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program





Program Originator:

Staten Island

Course Number


NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.

Program Details

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the overlap and complexity of the components of sexual identity, including sex, gender identity, gender role, and sexual orientation.
  2. Compare and contrast typical and atypical gender development and the social service needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.
  3. List five tools to recognize the systemic nature of gender expression and gender transition within families based on emerging evidence-based research and clinical best practices.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

Clinicians from all levels of experience will benefit from this presentation.

Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev LCSW-R, CASAC, CSTS is a social worker, family therapist, educator, and activist who has been serving the LGBTQ community for over 35 years. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting and The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (TIGRIS) in Albany, New York. She is a Credentialed Alcoholism Counselor and a Certified Sex Therapist (ASSECT). Additionally, she provides advanced supervision for addictions, family therapy, and sex therapy.

Arlene Lev is a part-time lecturer at the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare and is the Project Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI). She is the Founder and Board President for Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc., which provides low-cost therapy to LGBTQ individuals. She has authored numerous journal articles and three books: The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide, Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families, and the recently published Families in Transition: Parent Perspectives on Raising Gender Diverse Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (with Andrew Gottlieb, Ed).

Bibliography/References – DOWNLOAD PDF
Webinar lecture and Q and A

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Debbie at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
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