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Transgender & Gender Non-Binary (TGNB) Clients: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies

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Susan Radzilowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW
6 Hours 16 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 08, 2019
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Early in my career, I recognized that without training in affirmative practice, mental health providers are at risk of causing harm to their transgender and gender non-binary clients (TGNB). As a result, mistakes are frequently made by using outdated treatment strategies and having a lack of education of how to work with gender diverse clients.

Today, I know that providing affirmative care practices are critical to ensure the safety of your TGNB clients. I will give you an insider’s perspective and guide you step-by-step through navigating the challenges your clients face that are often overlooked by mainstream clinical approaches.

In this recording, I will show you the power of affirmative care for you and your clients to:

  • Overcome the knowledge barrier
  • Avoid outdated treatment plans
  • Learn and differentiate correct terms such as gender queer, gender fluid and cisgender
  • Breakthrough strategies to help your client tell their partner, families, friends and employers
  • Gain tips to discuss hormone treatments and surgical procedures

Don’t wait to have your next TGNB client educate you about their challenges and clinical concerns!

Begin your journey now to start providing a safe place for all your clients to genuinely be themselves.



This online program is worth 6 hours CPD.



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Susan Radzilowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, has practiced in mental health and educational environments for over 30 years. Susan holds a certificate in Gender Identity and Clinical Concerns. Susan was the founding co-chair of GLSEN SE Michigan and is a past member of the GLSEN National Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee since 2010. Susan has published several articles on clinical and ethical providing ethical issues of providing social work services to the transgender youth. Susan has a private practice in Michigan and is a part time faculty in the School of Social Work at The University of Michigan and at Wayne State University. She consults and trains on issues related to working with transgender youth for the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services, the NASW, Michigan State University, Michigan Medicine, Wayne, The University of Michigan and with local school districts. Susan is the parent of a transgender adult who came out in 205, at age 15. Her experience as a parent of a trans youth inspired her to shift her professional focus to working with transgender youth and facilities and training professionals to improve access to competent, compassionate care.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Radzilowski has employment relationships with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. She maintains a private practice. Ms. Radzilowski receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Susan Radzilowski serves on the NASW Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC). She is a volunteer support group facilitator for Stand with Trans.


  1. Communicate the complexities that transgender clients face daily including physical, mental, and social discomfort and how to address these in clinical practice.
  2. Develop a deep comprehension of the ways that a client’s own identity can create a trusting, effective relationship, and how their identity can negatively affect the clinical relationship.
  3. Apply concepts of affirmative clinical practice with gender diverse clients.
  4. Ascertain the various gender diverse identities and understand the ways that intersecting identities create further challenges in daily life.
  5. Assess your current clinical practice to determine how affirmative your practice is for gender diverse clients.
  6. Individualize and create a transition timeline and goals with your client.
  7. Prepare letters for clients seeking feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgeries.


Affirmative Clinical Practice
  • Ethical responsibilities
  • Clinical application of affirmative practice
  • Work with clients across the lifespan
    • Children
    • Adolescents
    • Emerging adults
    • Older adults
  • Elements of support for transition care
Gender Identity and Diversity
  • Coming out
  • Transition experiences (e.g., social, medical, and legal)
  • Diagnosis
  • Historical perspectives
  • Current conceptions of gender diversity
  • Challenges with keeping up with identity labels
Challenges Faced by Gender Diverse People
  • Intersecting identities
  • Discrimination and violence
  • Clients seeking asylum
  • Clinical concerns
    • Trauma
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Substance abuse
    • Suicidal ideation
  • Family considerations
    • Parenting
    • Adoption
    • Value of support
    • Legal concerns
Interrogating One’s Gender Beliefs
  • Why is this important
  • What is involved in this process
  • How does a clinician integrate this information into their practice?
Practice Assessment
  • What aspect of one’s practice need to be assessed
  • Simple ways to address practice short comings
Assessment with Gender Diverse Clients
  • Best practice for addressing clinical concerns with assessment
  • How to complete assessments that require binary sex indicators
  • The purpose of assessment in clinical practice with clients
  • Challenges with personality assessments

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 5


Molly E

"Really enjoyed this speaker and their perspective."

Stephanie C

"Many thanks to Pesi and to the presenter Susan R for her expertise and sharing such important information. This is an essential resource in my work as a counselor."

Suzanne P

"Great training"

Brook C

"Such a good training. Trainer was so knowledgeable and patient."

Anne M

"This was great and very informative!"

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