Working with Gender Diverse Children



ONLINE COURSE | Instructor: Acey Mercer, M.S.W., LMSW
CEs: 1.5 | Level: Intermediate

Date of original webinar: January 22, 2020, noon - 1:30 p.m. ET

This course will provide an overview of gender identity and gender expression focusing on understanding the needs and developmental processes of gender diverse children. This course will examine the psychosocial and biological factors that contribute to the development of a child’s gender identity and expression, including social, cultural and familial influences. This workshop will frame transgender emergence as a normative process of identity development and will challenge the view that gender variance is pathological. For parents and other family members, diverse gender development or exploration can often be frightening and assisting parents through this process can provide the necessary stability in the child’s healthy development. This course will outline strategies for clinicians to support families and children in navigating these challenges, and assist all children in developing healthy gender identities. The framework of this workshop offers ecological perspectives that examine multifaceted systems from a person-in-environment vantage point and highlight strengths-based advocacy and trans-affirming treatment approaches. Exploration of the intricacies of gender identity and expression will establish efficacious methods that providers can incorporate into their clinical practice to promote the wellness of their transgender and gender diverse clients.

Target Audience:

Social workers and other social service providers 

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the therapeutic needs of transgender and gender diverse children
  2. Examine and establish effective affirmative therapeutic tools used to assess and support transgender and gender diverse children.
  3. Identify and establish affirmative therapeutic interventions to support parents/caregivers of transgender and gender diverse children

Instructor Biography:

Acey Mercer, LMSW is a graduate of the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. He is the practice manager and a therapist at Choices Counseling & Consulting. He is also senior consultant of the Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (TIGRIS). Mercer specializes in providing clinical training and policy development as it relates to best serving transgender and gender nonbinary populations.

Completion Requirements for Recorded webinars and online courses.

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the recorded webinar or recorded video presentation. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the class. For recorded webinars and online courses, participants must complete an evaluation and a post test, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must earn a minimum score of 80 percent on the post test in order to earn CEs. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to the evaluation and post test are available in SmithOnline. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. A copy of the attestation is available in SmithOnline. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the course evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on submitting attestion, completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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