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Digital Seminar

Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: Advanced Practice Gender-Affirming Interventions to Help Clients Live an Authentic Life

Susan Radzilowski, MSW, ACSW, LMSW
Approx. 6 Hours
Jan 13, 2022
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Our transgender and non-binary youth are being hurt by overt discrimination, microaggressions, and health disparities. It’s a heartbreaking reality—society attacks them for just trying to be themselves.

If you’re not already seeing trans and non-binary young clients facing mental health issues, you will. Statistics show this is a growing population, with increasing cases of trauma, shame, fear, depression, and suicidal ideation. Your ability to provide gender-affirming mental health care could be lifesaving.

It’s critical that you’re prepared. An LGBTQ-friendly practice is not the same as one that is LGBTQ-informed. It’s time to become an ally.

This one-day training is your chance to de-pathologize treatment and reduce the vulnerabilities that can lead to significant negative outcomes for kids and teens. Susan Radzilowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, is a therapist, advocate, and ally whose decades of experience as a practicing clinician, along with her personal experience as a mother of a transgender child, make her uniquely qualified to teach you about working with trans and non-binary young clients.

From learning safe language, knowing the fine-points of assessment, gaining knowledge about hormones, navigating transitions, managing stigma, and beyond – Susan will cover all the bases so you not only understand these young people, but can truly advocate for them!

Watch this seminar and you’ll learn:

  • Tangible ways to create a welcoming clinical space
  • Interview strategies and questions for youth and parents
  • Essential strategies for support through transitions
  • Child-specific gender support plans for all settings
  • The most effective guidance and planning recommendations for parents
  • How to reconcile parental disagreements related to youth’s transition

It’s time to strengthen your practice with a modern skill set for helping transgender and non-binary youth. Don’t miss your opportunity to transform the lives of young clients, purchase now!


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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Susan Radzilowski, MSW, ACSW, LMSW, has practiced in mental health and educational environments for over 30 years and holds a certificate in gender identity and clinical concerns. She has a private practice in Michigan and is a part time faculty in the school of social work at the University of Michigan and at Wayne State University. Susan consults and trains on issues related to working with transgender youth for the Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services, NASW, Michigan State University, Michigan Medicine, Wayne State University, The University of Michigan, local school districts, and PESI, Inc. She facilitates a free monthly pediatric gender consult group online for mental health providers.

Susan has published several articles on clinical and ethical issues of providing social work services to the transgender youth and is a contributing author to One Teacher in Ten in The New Millennium (Beacon Press). She was the founding Co-Chair of GLSEN SE Michigan Chapter (pronounced glisten; formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network); is a past member of the GLSEN National Advisory Committee; and has been a member of the NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee since 2010.

Susan is the parent of a transgender adult who came out in 2005, at age 15. Her experience as a parent of a trans youth inspired her to shift her professional focus to working with transgender youth and facilities and training professionals to improve access to competent, compassionate care.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Radzilowski has an employment relationship with Detroit Institute for Children. She is a faculty member at the University of Michigan; and Wayne State University. Ms. Radzilowski receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Radzilowski is a member of NASW – Michigan chapter; National Association of Social Workers; Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health; and World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Speaker is the parent of an adult who identifies as transgender.

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  1. Practice essential vocabulary and theorize its importance from an affirming lens.
  2. Analyze three issues facing transgender children and adolescents at home, school, and in the community.
  3. Apply three protective factors that positively impact outcomes for transgender young clients.
  4. Distinguish three risk factors that adversely impact outcomes for transgender young clients.
  5. Formulate three intervention strategies to assist parents and other adult caregivers to support their children in the gender transition process.
  6. Implement evidence-based strategies to work with parents and families, including how to reconcile parental disagreements related to child’s transition.


Beyond Welcoming: Creating Space for Gender Expansiveness
  • Accurate, affirming language – how, when, and why it’s used
  • Transphobia – it’s impact on sense of self
  • Tangible ways to create a welcoming clinical space
  • How heteronormality has influenced “Gender Dysphoria”
  • Gender identity versus gender expression
Judgement Free Zone: Clinical Assessment and Screening
  • Five keys to assessing gender identity
  • Interview strategies and questions for children and parents
  • Limitations of DSM-5™ Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis
  • Transphobia - impact of external and internalized
  • Increase protective factors to decrease vulnerability
  • Discern for comorbidities eating disorders, selfharm, suicidality
Essential Strategies for Support Through Transitions
  • Prepare for transitions – creating support across domains
  • Unique trajectory of prepubescent clients
  • Manage social transition at home, school and in the community
  • Discuss hormone blockers - the importance of psychoeducation for parents
  • Cross-sex hormones and surgery – informed consent & letter writing
  • Support name changes and gender markers
Developing Child-Specific Gender Support Plans for All Settings
  • Evidence-based techniques to alleviate gender dysphoria
  • Implement a child-specific gender support plan
  • Tools to reduce dysphoria and improve wellness
  • Step-by-step suicide assessment with youth
  • Holistic consultation with a diverse care team
  • Structing an effective group session
In-depth Collaboration with Parents: Do’s, Don’t, & Nuance
  • Build rapport with challenging parental qualities or viewpoints
  • Manage parental grief over child’s transitions
  • How and when to refer parents for mental health support
  • Address religious concerns and barriers
  • Identify harmful and helpful parent behaviors
  • Provide coaching and psychoeducation with ease
Ethical Considerations when Providing Clinical Services
  • How to reconcile parental disagreements related to child’s transition
  • Center the child’s voice in the process
  • Help parents create a “Safe Folder”
  • Expand and staying within scope of practice
  • Conversion Therapy – unsafe and unethical aspects
  • Critically challenging personal biases

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Administrators
  • Educators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health and Helping Professionals Who Work with Children


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