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F22-202 Suicidality and Psychiatric Hospitalizations in the Transgender and Gender Expansive Population

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Liam Montanarelli, PhD
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



In the transgender and gender-expansive population, the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts is 27%, according to a recent systematic review. (It is 2.7% in the general population and between 10% and 20% in the LGBTQIA+ population.) The experience of psychiatric hospitalization is very traumatic for many trans and gender-expansive folks, who regularly report being mistreated by police and security, misgendered and bullied by staff and other patients, and placed in facilities and support groups based on their sex assigned at birth rather than their gender identity. This workshop will provide an overview of foundational trans and gender-expansive information for mental health providers and then particularly focus on suicidality, exploring: (1) Why hospitalization is so traumatic for trans and gender-expansive folks via case examples and narratives, (2) how psychiatric hospitals can be made safer for the trans and gender-expansive population and (3) ways in which social workers can support clinical care for trans and gender-expansive clients.



Liam Montanarelli, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Montanarelli currently sits on the Board of Directors of TGEA (TransGender Education Association of Greater D.C.), whose mission is to provide education on trans and gender-expansive issues.  Liam was also the President of the Board in 2020 and has presented at the Dominion Psychiatric Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Helios HR, Sapient Consulting, Beverly Hills Community United Methodist Church, and Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church. 

Dr. Montanarelli is currently completing an MSW at University of Maryland Baltimore and interning at Whitman-Walker Behavioral Health, where working with trans and gender-expansive clients. Liam has a BA from Yale and a PhD in Comparative Literature from University of California at Berkeley and has taught at U.C. Berkeley and Hunter CUNY.

Liam identifies as queer and transmasculine. 


Agenda & Learning Objectives


9:00am-9:20 Welcome, Introductions, Learning Objectives

9:20- 10:15 Content Review & Large Group Discussion

10:15 BREAK

10:30 Content Review Continued

10:45 Panel Presentation

11:30 Small Group Discussion & Application (Breakout Rooms) 

12:00 Wrap Up: Q & A

12:15 Adjourn



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the social construct of binary gender and how it impacts people of all genders. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current terminology related to gender identity and know which terms to avoid (including examples of microaggressions).
  • Identify known risks and rates of suicidality and psychiatric hospitalization among trans and gender-expansive people.
  • Support prevention of hospitalization via provision of affirming preventative care.
  • Recognize potential ways psychiatric hospitalization can be made safer for the trans and gender-expansive population.

Bibliography & References



Adams, N. J., & Vincent, B. (2019). Suicidal thoughts and behaviors among transgender adults in relation to education, ethnicity, and income: A systematic review. Transgender Health, 4(1), 226–246.

Kuper, L. E., Adams, N., & Mustanski, B. S. (2018). Exploring cross-sectional predictors of suicide ideation, attempt, and risk in a large online sample of transgender and gender nonconforming youth and young adults. LGBT Health, 5(7), 391–400.

McNeil, J., Ellis, S. J., & Eccles, F. J. (2017). Suicide in trans populations: A systematic review of prevalence and correlates. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(3), 341–353.

Walton, H. M., & Baker, S. L. (2019). Treating transgender individuals in inpatient and residential mental health settings. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26(4), 592–602.

Wolford-Clevenger, C., Frantell, K., Smith, P. N., Flores, L. Y., & Stuart, G. L. (2018). Correlates of suicide ideation and behaviors among transgender people: A systematic review guided by ideation-to-action theory. Clinical Psychology Review, 63, 93–105.



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Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, 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. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive 3 continuing education credits.


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Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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