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F23-103 Intersections of Care: Key Considerations for Providing Affirming Care to LGBTQIA+ Adolescent Populations

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

800 Online |  100 Children & Adolescents
Lee Westgate, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Hermann Hesse once said, “You must unlearn the habit of being someone else or nothing at all, of imitating the voices of others and mistaking the faces of others for your own.” LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allies, and others) adolescents uniquely experience discovering their identity against all odds. With the widening of awareness and interest in serving LGBTQIA+ adolescents, there is a need to equip providers with information on how to effectively and ethically engage this population. In addition, providers must acknowledge the resilience and nuanced barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ youth. Lastly, there is a need to recognize that each developmental stage comes with a new task and a new crucible moment that may simultaneously involve increased self-awareness and the consequences of self-disclosure. The latter presents a particularly unique set of challenges faced by adolescents who must routinely negotiate the spaces between self, family of origin, and the larger social context. This in-depth training will provide insights about the challenges of serving LGBTQIA+ adolescent populations, the importance of utilizing a strengths and resiliency framework, and the pivotal role that providers can play in providing equitable and ultimately life-saving care to LGBTQIA+ adolescents.  


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Lee Westgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C is a board-approved clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland. He obtained his Master of Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Leadership and Management at the University of Baltimore. He currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. He has participated in a CSWE-sponsored National Trauma Task Force workgroup that focused on the intersection of ethics and trauma-informed practice. Additionally, he was awarded an immersion fellowship through Boston University to study addiction and behavioral health. Teaching is of central importance to Lee. As a faculty member in the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s graduate program he has received numerous teaching awards, including the Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year Award along with the Dean’s Teaching Award for several consecutive semesters.   


Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 – 9:00 Log On/Registration 


9:00 – 10:30  

  • Introduction 

  • Summary & Overview of Challenges Faced by LGBTQIA+ Adolescents 

  • Reflection Upon Relevant Clinical Frameworks 


10:30 – 10:45 Break 


10:45 – 12:15  

  • Highlight key ethical challenges related to the provision of care 

  • Conceptualize and implement best practices for affirming care 


12:15 Questions and Adjournment  




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

  • Provide an overview of the unique risks and challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ adolescents. 

  • Discuss these challenges within both trauma-informed care and minority stress frameworks. 

  • Highlight key ethical challenges related to the provision of care. 

  • Conceptualize and implement best practices for effective engagement through the provision of affirming care. 

Bibliography & References



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Delozier, A. M., Kamody, R. C., Rodgers, S., & Chen, D. (2020). Health Disparities in Transgender and Gender Expansive Adolescents: A Topical Review From a Minority Stress Framework. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45(8), 842–847.   


FreeState Justice (2019). Needs Assessment Reveals Five Most-Pressing Issues Facing LGBTQ Marylanders. Retrieved from:   


Geist, C., Greenberg, K. B., Luikenaar, R. A. C., & Mihalopoulos, N. L. (2021). Pediatric Research and Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adolescents and Young Adults: Improving (Biopsychosocial) Health Outcomes. Academic Pediatrics, 21(1), 32–42.   


Oransky, M., Burke, E. Z., & Steever, J. (2019). An Interdisciplinary Model for Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Transgender Adolescents and Young Adults: The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center Approach. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26(4), 603–616.   


Promoting Health Equality and Nondiscrimination for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth. (2020). Journal of Adolescent Health, 66(6), 761–765.   


Shipherd, J. C., Berke, D., & Livingston, N. A. (2019). Trauma Recovery in the Transgender and Gender Diverse Community: Extensions of the Minority Stress Model for Treatment Planning. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26(4), 629–646.   

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.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after September 27, 2023  will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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