ACE Foundation Programs
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.
*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing 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.
Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606
Registration is closed.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
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, CST is a social worker, family therapist, educator, and activist who has been serving the LGBTQ community for over 30 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).
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).
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.
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Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. 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-0121.
Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE 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 #0056; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.