Moving Toward a Transgender Affirmative Clinical Practice – Sean Lare, LCSW-C

Presenter: Sean Lare, LCSW-C

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018
Time: 9 am - 1 pm | 4 Ethics CEs
(Registration and light breakfast: 8:30 am - 9 am)
Location: Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium
Main Entrance- Lobby A,
100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Parking included, Garage B

Workshop Summary

As more individuals are able to live their lives as themselves, as their affirmed gender; and as more insurance companies offer benefits inclusive of gender affirming medical procedures; behavioral health providers are increasingly being contacted by transgender and gender diverse individuals for care. Effective mental health and substance use disorder treatment with transgender and gender diverse clients requires psychotherapists to create a safe and affirming treatment environment, as well as to develop specialized clinical competencies and considerations. Moving toward a transgender affirmative clinical practice is an ethical imperative for all clinicians today.

This interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners address biases and attitudes that undermine therapeutic safety, increase provider knowledge of gender minorities, and discuss the clinical issues facing transgender and gender diverse clients. Both clinical and administrative considerations will be presented to ensure that clinical practices are ethical, affirming, and inclusive from start to finish. Participant will leave with clinical competencies to better meet the growing and evolving demands of this population.

Invited Presenter

Sean Lare, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker who is passionate about serving the transgender and gender diverse community by providing psychotherapy, leading advocacy work, and educating others on the varied experiences of this community. The focus of his practice in Columbia, MD is working with children, teens, and adults who are transgender or gender diverse and their families, and providing supervision and consultation to other providers. Through his consultation work, he has presented about working with transgender clients, students, and employees in a variety of settings and at regional and local conferences including: Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Gender Conference East, Maryland's Howard Community College's Counseling & Career Services 8th Annual Conference, and Maryland Psychological Association's 2015 Annual Convention, as well as numerous panel discussions and guest lecture presentations in undergraduate- and graduate-level classes. More information can be found at


  1. Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the ethical responsibility to understand the unique challenges and needs of transgender and gender diverse people.
  2. Participants will explore terms & language related to transgender clients.
  3. Participants will examine and increase their comfort, knowledge, and ability to provide services to people who are transgender.
  4. Participants will discuss clinical, ethical, and administrative guidance for creating a safe, therapeutic environment for addressing the needs of gender minorities.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration & refreshments
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Language, statistics, and challenges for some people who are transgender
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Exploring gender messages and myths
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Assessing Gender Dysphoria: DSM-V criteria and beyond
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Administrative, clinical considerations to ensure an affirming & inclusive practice
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Q & A

Registration Information

You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount. All conference fees include a CE certificate. If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 4 Ethics CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 Ethics CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for ethics credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).
FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation. Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9:00AM until 1:00PM.

Time will be strictly enforced.

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  • March 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm