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S23-212 Navigating One’s Truth: Strategies for Delivering Affirming Care to Trans and Gender-Expansive People

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CEs

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



Laverne Cox once said, “It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen & visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” With the widening of awareness and interest in serving Transgender and Gender-Expansive (TGE) individuals, there is a need to develop a greater sensitivity to the unique challenges that these populations face in navigating the coming out process as well as accessing essential supportive resources. Furthermore, state-based protections hardly guarantee equitable participation in civic life and unique challenges are routinely posed by the politicization of trans identities and trans bodies. This training will provide attendees with insight and information on ways that social workers can support TGE individuals in care with coming out, with facilitating warm referrals to relevant community-based services, and with accessing information on accessing trans-affirming support.

This workshop meets the DC LGBTQ Training Requirement.



Lee Westgate, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products

Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C, LCSW (he/him/his) is a transgender advocate with extensive professional experience in social work policy, practice, research, and education. He has held numerous organizational leadership roles and has served as an educational consultant to a variety of associations and organizational clientele. He has worked as a medical social worker in oncology and critical care, and in integrated behavioral health settings. Mr. Westgate has participated in a CSWE-sponsored National Trauma Task Force workgroup that focused on the intersection of ethics and trauma-informed practice, and he was awarded an immersion fellowship through Boston University to study addiction and behavioral health. He has participated in AIDS Education and Training Center on behalf of the University of Maryland, School of Social Work since 2017 and has participated in the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Workgroup on COVID and HIV. Mr. Westgate continues to serve as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, and his scholarship includes integrated behavioral health, clinical work with LGBTQIA+ populations, working with individuals with chronic and life-threatening illness, healthcare policy, and health equity. As a faculty member, he has received numerous teaching awards, including the Energizer Award, the Camara Jones Faculty Award of 2022, the Innovation in Social Work Award of 2022, and the Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year Award, along with the Dean’s Teaching Award for several consecutive semesters. He has been published in The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, The Social Worker, The Journal of Employee Assistance, Infusion Magazine, Provider Magazine, and Social Work Today.  

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:

  • Develop a greater awareness of the mental health challenges experiences by TGE adults resulting from structural oppression and social exclusion  

  • Develop a working knowledge of the unique ways in which TGE individuals may transition  

  • Conceptualize how systemic patterns of gatekeeping pose structural barriers to essential care 

  • Identify opportunities to assist TGE clients with successfully navigating systems of care 

Bibliography & References


Aramburu Alegría, C. (2018). Supporting families of transgender children/youth: Parents speak 
on their experiences, identity, and views. International Journal of Transgenderism, 19(2), 132–

Avery, D. (2020). Nearly 1 in 10 transgender Americans use nonprescription hormones, study 
finds, NBC News. Retrieved from:

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

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after June 29, 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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