Advanced Training Certificate

Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities

This comprehensive online training will support mental health providers in offering affirmative therapy & becoming stronger advocates for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Gender Expansive, and Non-Binary (TGNCNB) people.

Changes to 2021 Program

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of participants, the advanced training in Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities will meet entirely online in 2021. We hope that this makes it possible for even more people to attend due to the elimination of travel costs and reduced tuition rates. Please send an inquiry or apply to learn more!

Program Overview

Most mental health provider training programs lack comprehensive training for clinicians offering affirmative care for Transgender, Gender Non-conforming, Gender Expansive and Non-binary (TGNCNB) people. Due to this gap in training, Transgender and Gender Expansive communities struggle to find competent mental health providers who can both address intersections of identity and offer affirming care. Clinicians often feel isolated and siloed when offering care and advocating for TGNCNB communities.

To fill this harmful gap in mental health services and offer providers support, education, and supervision the Advanced Training in Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities was developed. 

Over the yearlong training, participants can expect to:

  • Incorporate training into practice of affirmative therapy and exceptional care for TGNCNB clients

  • Attend 8 online, half-day training days, either from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST depending on your preferred schedule 

  • Participate in 30 hours of online group supervision

  • Receive monthly readings that will build TGNCNB knowledge base and skills

  • Build community with other TGNCNB affirmative providers

  • Collaborate on an ever-expanding resource database for TGNCNB affirmative services

  • Receive a certificate of completion for the Advanced Training in Affirmative Therapy for Transgender Communities

  • Earn social work CEUs, in collaboration with the Center for Social Work Education

10% of the revenue from this program will return to the community through funding scholarships, research projects, and student programs.

Program Options

  • Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST 
  • 2021 Dates*: Jan 22, Jan 23, Feb 19, Feb 20, Aug 13, Aug 14, Sept 10,  Sept 11
  • Supervision: Offered March-December 2021 via secure video conferencing

*Participants must be able to attend all of these dates. 

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  • Time: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST) 
  • 2021 Dates*: Jan 22, Jan 23, Feb 19, Feb 20, Aug 13, Aug 14, Sept 10, Sept 11
  • Supervision: Offered March-December 2021 via secure video conferencing

*Participants must be able to attend all of these dates

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Admissions Information

*Applications are due by December 31, 2020 for the 2021 training community. Space is limited to 20 participants to assure individualized training experiences.

Scholarships have been created to assure that these trainings increase the number of therapists who are greatly needed in our community of support professionals. Therapists who are part of the following communities are encouraged to apply:

  • People of color
  • Transgender & gender non-binary therapists
  • Clinicians with strong religious affiliations 

How to Apply for a Scholarship

To be considered for a scholarship, please submit a 250-word essay sharing your personal connection to this work, your therapy role/goals, and how you will use this training to achieve your therapy/treatment goals.

The essay should be submitted as supplemental material as part of your online application.

The application deadline is December 31, 2020 for the 2021 training community. 

Program Highlights

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Increase Knowledge, Skills, & Advocacy

This training provides a strong foundation of knowledge in the areas of Transgender and Gender Expansive identity development, TGNCNB advocacy, and therapy approaches across the life span. The content centers the intersections of race, ethnicity, spirituality, culture, trauma, politics, social justice, as well as impacts of cisgender privilege and gatekeeping. This vital content is offered through direct instruction, guest speaker presentations and panels, case explorations and monthly readings that are selected specifically to build on participants existing knowledge and skills and move them further.

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Faculty Mentorship & Supervision

This program brings together leaders in the field and community to generate a dynamic training and supervision program that our faculty, as clinicians, all wish they had when beginning their careers as mental health providers. Expert faculty members in the field of transgender mental health care will lead the training and provide on-going online supervision which is scheduled at times that are convenient for your schedule.


Sean Lare, LCSW-C
Associate Adjunct Professor

My passion for this work and excitement to be a part of this program is personally fueled by the many individuals who cannot live their lives as their full selves, to stand up proudly as an example for my young child, and to let many people know that living life as a transgender person is a reality of possibilities; and, professionally fueled by the many providers interested in receiving training so that they may better serve all of their clients/patients and so that someday access to trans-affirming and trans-competent care is no longer a barrier for the millions of transgender and non-binary people across the lifespan in the U.S.

Damon Constantinides, PhD, LCSW
Associate Adjunct Professor

I believe that the year long supervision component is crucial to application, community building, and professional growth and makes this training unique in the field.

Linda Aline Hawkins
Adjunct Professor

I have been a therapist working with LGBTQ children, youth, and families for the last 20 years. I went into this work to raise the voices of individuals who are far too often silenced.

In 2014, I founded the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to have a way for Transgender and Gender Expansive children, youth, and their families to receive multidisciplinary care. In supporting these wonderful families, it became clear that there needs to be many more therapists who can provide support. My motivation in building this training program is to have more therapists in the community who can provide this great care.

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See the Tuition & Fees page for program tuition, which has been reduced this year. Tuition may be paid in installments.

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Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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We look forward to working with you and building up a community of TGNCNB affirming providers and advocates.