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S23-201 The Urgency of Affirming Advocacy for Trans and Gender-Expansive People

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families
Lee Westgate, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



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.” Transgender and Gender Expansive individuals possess the unique experience of finding one’s self against all odds. With the widening of awareness and interest in serving Transgender and Gender-Expansive individuals, there is a need to develop a greater awareness and sensitivity of the unique challenges that these populations face, as well as how to effectively and ethically engage in advocacy. After all, the NASW Code of Ethics insists that we prioritize equity in care, aspire toward cultural humility, and transcend stigma through the recognition of the inherent worth and dignity of people. Additionally, there is a need to recognize the resilience and nuance that exists within and across Transgender and Gender-Expansive populations—especially considering the onslaught of anti-trans legislation aimed at erasure of trans identities and access to life-saving care. In this presentation, the presenter will provide attendees with thoughtful and authentic insights about the challenges of being, serving, and advocating on behalf of trans and gender-expansive communities.

This workshop meets the DC LGBTQ Training Requirement.



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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



Registration/Log On 

9:00 – 10:30 


10:30- 10:45    


10:45 – 12:15 

Lecture (Continued) 


Questions & Adjournment 



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


  • Provide an overview of the unique challenges faced by Transgender and Gender-Expansive individuals 

  • Frame these challenges within both a trauma-informed care and minority stress framework 

  • Highlight key ethical challenges related to the provision of care 

  • Employ best practices for effective engagement and care for Transgender and Gender-Expansive individuals 


Bibliography & References


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

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after February 10, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *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

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