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How to Be A Transgender-Affirming Social Worker

Total Credits: 3 Category I CE

700 Professional Growth & Development |  Special Offers
Gregory A. Brightbill, MBA, MEd |  Dawn Shafer, LCSW-C
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPC, Psychologists



Understanding the role of a Social Worker when addressing the needs of gender-diverse individuals is important in an effort to improve the current disparities that exists in transgender affirming health and human care. This workshop will provide participants with valuable knowledge on the topic of gender diversity, queer theory, pronoun usage, and best practices for Social Workers.

**This workshop meets the DC Health Social Work Licensing 2 hours of LGBTQ training requirement. 

This is free for current, active Field Instructors. 


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Greg Brightbill joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in spring 2016 as an academic coordinator and now works in the Office of Interprofessional and Student Learning and Service Initiatives (ISLSI) as its leadership education and involvement program specialist.

Brightbill’s responsibilities include the daily operation and coordination of the President’s Student Leadership Institute; assisting the UMB President’s Fellows in their White Paper Project, and developing LGBTQ+ and safe space programming for the UMB campus.

Before UMB, Brightbill worked in student services at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Va. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Frostburg State University, a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration degree from JMU, and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Maryland University College. Brightbill is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree from Frostburg State University with a research interest in exploring the intersection of graduate-level education and LGBTQ+ support services.

Beyond his role in ISLSI, Brightbill serves as a senator and member-at-large of the UMB Staff Senate. Also at UMB, he has led the development and implementation of workshops, lectures, and initiatives focused on LGBTQ+ populations, therefore improving the campus climate for LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, and students. In addition, Brightbill has represented the University at various events in the Maryland region, speaking about his experiences and knowledge related to safe spaces and LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Brightbill believes in the vital role of being an active ally. He regularly teaches faculty, staff, and students the role of advocacy and allyship, stating that to be a true ally one must challenge complacency and actively dedicate their time and energy toward dismantling prejudice and hate.



Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:30 Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.    Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lecture (Continued)

12:15 Questions & Adjournment



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

  • Differentiate between gender identity, birth/assigned sex, and gender expression.
  •  Model commonly used terminology that affirms LGBTQ+ identities.
  • ·Locate introductory queer theory and basic identity development theories that pertain to transgender or gender-diverse people.
  • Review current social work ethical standards as it pertains to transgender-affirming care

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms




The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.


System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65 and includes CE credit. Registering after March 3, 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.

Please refer to the tab "Live Interactive Webinar Policies & FAQs" for UMSSW Office of CPE policies regarding all live interactive webinar related matters.

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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