Trans-centered Clinical Social Work: Exploring Cissexism and Use of Self in Trans-Affirming Care

Recorded Webinar
Instructor: Damon Constantinides, M.S.W., Ph.D.
CEs: 1.5 CEs 
Level: Intermediate
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.

Date of original webinar: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

This workshop will introduce trans-centered care as an active model of practicing towards a world that centers justice and healing. Trans-centered care challenges therapists to shift foundational perspectives of gender that are rooted in mainstream Western culture, to create a clinical experience for transgender and gender non-conforming people (TGNC) that centers and lifts their own experiences and realities. Participants will be asked to practice personal reflection and curiosity regarding their own gendered experience and gender identity. We will also discuss use of self as a therapeutic tool and take a deep dive into cissexism both as a concept and an action. Knowing and understanding your own gender story provides an essential tool to identifying counter-transference when working with TGNC clients. Cissexism is an often unexamined part of each of our gender stories for both TGNC and cisgender social workers. Cissexism refers to the cultural belief that cisgender identities are normal and TGNC identities are other. It’s a belief woven into the fabric of our culture and shows up in our clinical spaces. Seeing and identifying cissexism allows social workers to create spaces and services that are truly trans-centered and affirming. This workshop is for clinicians of all gender identities and centers trans voices and experiences.

Registration Fee and Deadline:

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

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define trans-centered care, cissexism, and cissexual privilege.
  2. Name two ways that cissexism has shown up in their own practice.
  3. List three resources to support them in providing trans-centered care.


  • Why trans-centered care?
  • Location of self
    • Three assumptions when using self
  • TGNC-affirmative practice
  • TGNC-centered psychotherapy
  • Cissexism
    • Cissexual vs cisgender
    • Cissexual privilege
    • Gendering
    • Cissexual assumption
    • Cissexual gender entitlement
    • Cissexual birth privilege
    • Cisgender privilege checklist
  • Revisiting trans-centered care
  • Reflection

Instructor Biography:

Damon Constantinides has a private therapy practice in Philadelphia, PA on colonized land of the Lenape people. He is a white, queer, trans man from a mixed working-class and middle-class background. In his private practice Constantinides provides individual and relationship therapy and supervision. He is faculty for the Advanced Certificate in Trans-Affirming Therapy for Transgender Communities at Widener University and co-author of Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support.

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, successfully passing the post test and submitting the attestation, 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 Approvals for This Course

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.


Smith College School for Social Work, #1755, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period:11/19/2021-11/19/2024 . Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 cultural competence 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. 

NY State

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.

Not Approved for Counselors (LMHC/LPC)

Smith College School for Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7110. This program does NOT qualify for NBCC ACEP approval.