Supporting Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Their Families: Evidence-Based Strategies



Registration full
January 28 and February 4, 2022, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Susan Radzilowski, LMSW, ACSW
Live interactive webinar

Level: Intermediate
CEs: 6 CEs are available for $15 fee
Review CE accreditation and approvals for this course.


This webinar is designed to teach social workers and clinicians skills to provide evidence-based mental health services to transgender and gender diverse youth in the context of the youth's family. When transgender youth "come out" to parents it is often a vulnerable moment in the family dynamic. Parents may not know how to respond to their child's transgender identity or may feel at a loss as to how to support their child in their gender transition. Some parents may respond negatively and say or do things that damage the parent-child relationship. Understanding and navigating these vulnerable moments, will be addressed in this workshop. 

This workshop will be interactive and will include case studies. Participants will review a working definition of terms, including transgender, gender identity, gender expression, intersex, gender nonconforming, non-binary, gender transition and ally. Language and terminology will be examined with emphasis on using affirming language and avoiding offensive terminology. This webinar will also examine the risk and protective factors that impact transgender youth. Psychoeducation and developmental guidance for parents of gender diverse youth will be discussed. Finally, participants will explore evidence-based clinical interventions in the context of the family.

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use group discussion, polling, verbal and chat Q and A and case discussions, Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom Meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion.

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by November 15, 2021: $130
Regular registration by January 27, 2021: $145

CEs: 6 CEs are available for $15 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe four issues facing transgender children and adolescents at home, school and in the community.
  2. Identity three or more protective factors that positively impact outcomes for transgender clients.
  3. Explain three intervention strategies to assist parents and other adult caregivers to support their children in the gender transition process. 
  4. Describe at least two ways to increase parental support of the transgender child, even in the face of parental resistance.  


Day 1
1-2:30 p.m. ET     
  • Introduction and overview
  • Working definitions from an evolving, affirmative lens
  • A word about the intersex community
  • What does gender affirming care for prepubescent children look like?
  • What does research say
  • Ethical issues when working with trans youth and families
2:30-2:40 p.m. ET     Break
2:40-4:15 p.m. ET    
  • Overview of social, medical, and legal aspects of transition
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive space
  • Characteristics of a competent gender therapist
  • Q and A/ Wrap up
 Day 2 
1-2:30 p.m. ET    
  • Navigating vulnerable moments with transgender youth and families
  • Assessment and intervention with transgender youth, including common mental health concerns
  • Affirmative Care
  • Risk and protective factors for transgender children
2:30-2:40 p.m. ET     Break
  • Family support and working with parents
  • What is a safe folder and why is it important
  • Q and A

About the Instructor:

Susan Radzilowski, LMSW, ACSW, earned her M.S.W. from The University of Michigan. Radzilowski is a fully licensed clinical and macro social worker in Michigan.

In her private practice, Radzilowski provides mental health services to a clientele composed primarily of transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. In addition to her clinical work, Radzilowski is an adjunct faculty at Wayne State University and The University of Michigan.

Radzilowski is the parent of an adult child who came out in 2005. Her experience parenting a transgender child inspires and informs her training and fuels her passion to teach others how to support transgender and gender nonconforming youth and their parents.

Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in Zoom Meeting. 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 training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation 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. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the webinar evaluation, 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.

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, #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. Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2021-11/19/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits. 
  • 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.


  • 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.
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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