New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Course Number: 267      Location: Westchester

Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CST

Date Saturday, December 7, 2019

Registration, Networking &
General Membership Meeting:
                           9:30am - 10:00am

  Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm


Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606

This course provides foundation knowledge and general practice skills for working with families with gender nonconforming and transgender children. The role of family members, service providers, and educational institutions will be discussed. Participants will gain knowledge of the development of gender identity-formation, trans-affirming health care, and familial issues, across the life span, including the coming-out process and the potential outcomes for children and youth.

We will explore the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity and the developmental process youth experience who recognize gender identity struggles. This workshop will frame transgender emergence as a normative process of identity development and will challenge the view that gender variance is pathological. 

Lifecycle issues will be reviewed including social transition for pre-pubertal children who are expressing gender nonconformity, puberty blockers and hormonal treatment to assist adolescents beginning transition, and utilizing the WPATH Standards of Care. The discussion will focus on ways for families to assist children and teens in healthy gender development, regardless of how typical or atypical their gender expression may be, and sensitive to the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, religion, and community diversity.

Teaching Methods:  Lecture with audience participation                                                                                                      

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References 

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the overlap and complexity of the components of sexual identity, including sex, gender identity, gender role, and sexual orientation.
  2. Compare and contrast typical and atypical gender development and the social service needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.
  3. List five tools to recognize the systemic nature of gender expression and gender transition within families based on emerging evidence-based research and clinical best practices.
  4. Explain five important practice issues to provide a strengths and systems-based approach to working with gender non-confirming children and their families, including the use of the WPATH Standards of Care.

Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev LCSW-R, CASAC, CST is a social worker, family therapist, educator, and activist who has been serving the LGBTQ community for over 30 years. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting and The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (TIGRIS) in Albany, New York. She is a Credentialed Alcoholism Counselor and a Certified Sex Therapist (ASSECT).

Arlene Lev is a part-time lecturer at the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare and is the Project Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI). She is the Founder and Board President for Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc., which provides low-cost therapy to LGBTQ individuals. She has authored numerous journal articles and three books: The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide, Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families, and the recently published Families in Transition: Parent Perspectives on Raising Gender Diverse  Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (with Andrew Gottlieb, Ed).

The space can accommodate approximately 65 attendees.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, registration and disability access please Contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Susan A. Klett, Ph.D, Psy.D, LCSW-R, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE 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 #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045
  ” Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.0 continuing education clock hours.”

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Registration, Networking &
General Membership Meeting: 
                             9:300pm - 10:00am
Presentation:   10:00am - 1:00pm


                Members                $50
                Non-members        $75
                Students with ID:   $20

    Student fees are only for social work
bachelor and master level, full time students.

On Site:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                    On Site charge takes
                   effect on December 5, 2019

                For EASY online 
                registration click:

                    Register Here

            Alison Abrams, LMSW at


  •     RSVP is strongly encouraged

You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee
having been paid.  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration,
you will be added to our waitlist.

For On Site Registration:

Check or money order only, to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”.

Inclement Weather Policy:
Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

Cancellation Policy:  
Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at


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