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F21-206 Intersections of Care: Key Considerations for Providing Affirming Care to LGBTQIA+ Adolescent Populations

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Lee Westgate, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Hermann Hesse once said, “You must unlearn the habit of being someone else or nothing at all, of imitating the voices of others and mistaking the faces of others for your own.” LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allies, and others) adolescents uniquely experience discovering their identity against all odds. With the widening of awareness and interest in serving LGBTQIA+ adolescents, there is a need to equip providers with information on how to effectively and ethically engage this population. In addition, providers must acknowledge the resilience and nuanced barriers faced by LGBTQIA+ youth. Lastly, there is a need to recognize that each developmental stage comes with a new task and a new crucible moment that may simultaneously involve increased self-awareness and the consequences of self-disclosure. The latter presents a particularly unique set of challenges faced by adolescents who must routinely negotiate the spaces between self, family of origin, and the larger social context. This in-depth training will provide insights about the challenges of serving LGBTQIA+ adolescent populations, the importance of utilizing a strengths and resiliency framework, and the pivotal role that providers can play in provided equitable and ultimately life-saving care to LGBTQIA+ adolescents. 


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Lee Westgate, MBA, MSW ’06, LCSW-C
Clinical Instructor, University of Maryland School of Social Work


Lee Westgate, MBA, MSW, LCSW-C is a board approved clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland. He obtained his Masters in Social Work at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Leadership and Management at the University of Baltimore. He currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. He has participated in a CSWE-sponsored National Trauma Task Force work-group that focused on the intersection of ethics and trauma-informed practice. Additionally, he was awarded an immersion fellowship through Boston University to study addiction and behavioral health. Teaching is of central importance to Lee. As a faculty member in the University of MD, School of Social Work’s graduate program he has received numerous teaching awards including the Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year Award along with the Dean’s Teaching Award for several consecutive semesters. 


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Agenda & Learning Objectives


09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30



  • Introduction
  • Summary & Overview of Challenges Faced by LGBTQIA+ Adolescents
  • Reflection Upon Relevant Clinical Frameworks
10:30 - 10:45     Break
10:45 - 12:15

Lecture (Continued)


  • Highlight key ethical challenges related to the provision of care
  • Conceptualize and implement best practices for affirming care
12:15 Questions & Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:


  • Provide an overview of the unique risks and challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ adolescents
  • Discuss these challenges within both a trauma-informed care and minority stress frameworks
  • Highlight key ethical challenges related to the provision of care
  • Conceptualize and implement best practices for effective engagement through the provision of affirming care

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65 and includes CE credit. Registering after October 7, 2021 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, 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. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {3} continuing education credits.


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Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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