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Ethics of Letter Writing for Gender Affirming Care

  • June 17, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom Video Conference
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  • Available to members & non-members.
    Scholarships available.

Registration is closed

For trans and non-binary individuals seeking gender affirming medical care, the support of a mental health professional (via a letter) is often required by medical providers/insurance companies before someone is allowed to access care. It is very common for clinicians to refer out instead of writing this letter of support due to lack of training.  

In this training, we will explore the legal and ethical aspects of writing letters of support for those seeking gender affirming care. Our goal: To increase the number of clinicians who feel comfortable and able to provide support for those seeking gender affirming care. 

This training is 6 CEUs because we want you to walk out the (virtual) door with more than a letter template. We'll do a deep dive into the legal aspects of this work (we don't want unanswered legal concerns to be a barrier to you writing a letter!) and delve into the ethics of being in the position of writing letters in the first place! Throughout the day, you'll deepen your ability to critically look at our role as clinician-gatekeepers; consider the role of intersectionality in access to care; understand the history of WPATH and the medicalization of Gender Dysphoria through Western, Eurocentric standards of beauty and gender; and begin to address ableism in your letter writing practice. We'll also clear up some of the myths around gender affirming medical care for children/teens so you feel more confident supporting young people and/or their adult co-decision makers. Because we know that many situations are complex, we'll wrap up the day with discussion of affirming care in cases where significant substance use, mental health challenges, or other potential challenges are also present. Along the way we will share resources and have opportunities for connection in this learning community. We hope you'll join us! 

Special thanks to the community organizations supporting our work: 
Protea Wellness, Northwest Therapy Group, & Zane Counseling

While we welcome all to attend, this training assumes a basic understanding of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming identities. A basic understanding of medical transition options is helpful but not required. 

Lara Hayden, MSW, LICSW

Welsey Jones, MSW
Leiyomi Preciado, CPC, AAC
Eric Strom, JD, PhD, LMHC
Hez Wollin, MSW, LCSW

CEU's Offered
6 Law & Ethics

Morning Session: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Break: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Do you
primarily serve QTBIPOC individuals in your work?

Due to a generous sponsorship from Protea Wellness, scholarships for this program are available. Scholarships will be given on a first come first serve basis, with priority to those who are WSSCSW members and/or working with QTBIPOC individuals. Scholarships will be awarded by May 27th.

Registration Fee

$159, scholarships available

To apply for a scholarship please contact Aimee ( with the information below:


Scholarship amount requested: full or partial, if partial list amount___

Are you a WSSCSW member?

Do you primary serve QT/BIPOC individuals in your work?

Once registered an email will be automatically sent with  Zoom login details. 
Please check your spam folder if you do not find the email in your inbox.

We hope you'll join us!




**If you register and are unable to attend, please keep us informed so we can properly adjust our reservation. It is important as we engage in the community WSSCSW is regarded as good stewards of the places that we meet.

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3-269 Renton, WA 98058 •

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