Transgender Affirmative Mental Health Care Certification


Transgender Affirmative Mental Health Care Certification

This 35 hour certification program comes with 10 hours of case consultation with Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC II, CSTS and Margie Nichols, Ph.D., CSTS.

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Modern Sex Therapy Institutes in association with Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC II, CSTS and Margie Nichols, Ph.D., CSTS is proud to announce the first comprehensive Certification Program for Transgender Affirmative Mental Health Care designed and taught by transgender health experts and their allies.  The vast majority of instructors are trans and/or nonbinary and all instructors are trans-affirming and have extensive clinical expertise in working with trans/nonbinary people and their families.

Transgender and nonbinary people are coming out in larger numbers than ever before. Understanding the needs of trans and non-binary adults, adolescents, children and their families is a specialized need for therapists. This program provides an affirming, compassionate, and culturally sensitive approach to addressing the clinical needs of those seeking services, including assessment and treatment strategies, as well as referrals for medical and surgical care. Yet the environment is undergoing such rapid change that few professionals have the training to work with this population; clinical approaches that were common even as recently as ten years ago are outdated and sometimes even discredited.  Compassionate, skilled professionals are often in high demand.

Our training will prepare you to work effectively, ethically, and respectfully with transgender children, adolescents, and adults as well as with parents, partners, and family members.  From proper terminology to the latest research and treatment recommendations to the community’s current and evolving understandings of themselves, this program will give you the comprehensive knowledge and supervised treatment experience you need.

Presenters are experts in this field, with the majority having lived experience, in addition to clinical expertise.

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Course Breakdown

Course Presenter CE Hours
Foundational Courses
Introduction to Transgender Care Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CSTS & Margaret Nichols, PhD, CSTS 2
Introduction to Terminology Acey A. Mercer, LSW 1
Principles of affirmative care for transgender and nonbinary adults Margaret Nichols, PhD, CSTS 2
The roles of the Mental Health Care Provider Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CSTS 2.5
Letterwriting Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CSTS 1
Options On the Path to Gender Embodiment: Hormones and Surgeries Colt St. Amand, Ph.D., MD 2
Beyond They/Them/Theirs: An intro to working with nonbinary clients Dara Hoffman, LPC 1
Advocacy: Know their rights Asaf Orr, Esq 2
Affirmative Care in Relationship and Couple Counseling Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT 3
Affirmative Care for Families of Transgender/Gender Expansive Children & Youth Shawn Giammattei, PhD 1
Gender Dysphoria in younger children Wallace Wong, R. PsyD 2.5
Affirmative Care of Trans, Gender Nonconforming, and Nonbinary Youth Deb Coolhart, PhD, LMFT 1.5
Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary Persons Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW 1.5

Affirmative Care for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary Children and Youth

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW 1.5
Working with Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients Arlene Lev, LCSW & Acey Mercer, LMSW 4

Understanding Ethical Considerations for Gender Diverse and Transgender Youth

Scott Leibowitz, MD 1
Additional Courses  Presenter CE Hours
Supporting Autistic Trans and Non-Binary Clients Finn Gratton, LMFT, LPCC 1
Sex Therapy with Trans and GNC Clients Damon Constantinides, PhD, LCSW 1-2

Transgender Clients and Addiction

Kristina Padilla, MA, PAADC, ICCADC, CGS 1
Integrating Spirituality and Religion Into Counseling with Trans and Gender Diverse Communities Ruben A Hopwood, MDiv, PhD 1
Narrative Relational Sex Therapy with TGNC Clients Suzanne Iasenza, PhD 1
Sex Beyond Binaries: Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments Lucie Fielding, MA 4
Private Gender Dual Lives Katherine Rachlin, PhD 1

Qualifications for AASECT Certification

* MSTI is an approved organizational provider for AASECT Ce's, Provider #07-110-J. Attainment of AASECT CE's does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

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