Foundational Skills for Trans Inclusion



Live Interactive Webinar | December 1, 2021, noon - 2 p.m. ET
Instructor: Davey Shlasko, M.Ed.  
CEs: 2 CEs are available for $5 fee 
Level: Intermediate

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The understanding of gender identity continues to evolve at a fast pace with growing diversity and nuance. In spite of increasing acceptance of transgender identities, trans community members still face intense stigma, violence and barriers to participation. Many service providers have good intentions about trans inclusion; with a deeper understanding and expanded toolbox, they can build on those intentions to create truly trans-inclusive practices. This course explores the impacts of the current binary gender system and its relationship to histories of colonization and examines key terminology and concepts for understanding trans identities, as well as barriers, risks and resilience factors common in trans communities.  The course provides examples of trans-inclusive practices, practice applying them and an opportunity to ask questions about real world scenarios. Participants will leave this course with a foundation for integrating trans-inclusive and -affirming practices into your work.

Please note: Back by popular demand! This course was previously run as a webinar called Foundations for Trans Inclusive Practice in 2019 and the recording was available as an online course. If you have already taken it, much of the content will be be similar.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Live interactive webinar with lecture and time for questions at the end. Participants will utilize the Q and A feature in Zoom webinar. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are not visible or audible during this presentation and attendees can communicate with the presenter utilizing the Q and A feature in Zoom.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer in order to see slides. To hear the audio, attendees need to be able to connect to Zoom by computer or phone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by October 15, 2021: $40
Regular registration by November 30, 2021: $50

CEs: 2 CEs are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Articulate key terminology and concepts for understanding trans identities
  2. Discover a diversity of trans identities and experiences, including those who identify as transsexual, transgender, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming and more
  3. Identify how factors like race, class and sexuality intersect with trans identity
  4. Explain barriers, risks, and resilience factors common among trans community members
  5. Demonstrate basic trans-competent behaviors relevant to social service settings, such as inquiring respectfully about pronouns and gender identity
  6. Describe the role of the binary gender system in colonization and its implications for current intersectional understanding of gender diversity
  • Noon - 12:10 p.m. ET: Introduction & framing
  • 12:10 - 12:25 p.m. ET: Why this Matters- Barriers, risks and resilience factors, allyship
  • 12:25 - 12:35 p.m. ET: Binary Gender System and Colonization
  • 12:35 - 12:55 p.m. ET: Terms and Concepts
  • 12:55 - 1:10 p.m. ET: Introducing inclusive practices in three areas:
    • Communication and relationships
    • Program/practice content
    • Policies/structures
  • 1:10 - 1:30 p.m. ET: Practicing inclusive practices (focusing on interpersonal level), e.g.:
    • Appropriately asking about gender identity and pronouns
    • Recovering from pronoun mistakes
    •  Affirming and respecting trans identities while inquiring about distress, barriers, or discrimination
    • Affirming and respecting trans identities while collecting demographic info
  • 1:30 - 1:50 p.m. ET: Q&A
  • 1:50 - 2 p.m. ET: Closing

About the Instructor:

Davey Shlasko, M.Ed. is the founder and director of Think Again Training & Consulting, an organization that helps organizations implement social justice practices in areas like gender diversity, LGB and trans inclusion, racial & economic inequality, coalition building and allyship. Shlasko has contributed to several editions of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, and also authored Trans Allyship Workbook. Shlasko teaches social theory and trans studies in Smith’s MSW program.

Completion Requirements for Live Webinars

Live webinars are synchronous lectures with a moderated Q&A at the end. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the webinar. For webinars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom and participants must complete an evaluation and successfully pass a post test with a score of at least 80 percent. Retesting is allowed up to five (5) times. If a passing score is not achieved, CEs will not be awarded. Links to online evaluations and post tests will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. 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 webinar evaluation and successfully passing the post test, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation and passing the post test.

Continuing Education Credits and Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits offered vary by course. This course only offers the CE credits listed below.  It is the attendees' responsibility to contact their licensing board to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

Social Work
  • 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 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 #SW-0169.
Counselors (LMHC/LPC)


  • Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Smith College School for Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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