What is Gender Affirming Care and Why Does It Matter?


Come learn about gender-affirming care for transgender and nonbinary children and teens. This course will provide definitions from an affirming lens, including an exploration of gender-affirming care for young children. Susan will explain the difference between gender-affirming care, "watchful waiting" and "conversion therapy" with a clear explanation as to why gender-affirming care is the most ethical and best to practice care for the child and their families. This is an essential course for every child and family therapist.

*This course is for learning enrichment purposes not for CE credits.

Meet the Instructor:

Susan Radzilowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, IMH-E®

Susan Radzilowski, MSW, LMSW, ACSW is a licensed clinical and macro social worker in Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she majored in Interpersonal Practice. Susan worked as a School Social Worker for over 20 years for the Detroit Public Schools. This was followed by 8 years as a Head Start and Early Head Start Mental Health Consultant, and Lead Social Worker for the Detroit Institute for Children. Susan is a Lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan where she she teaches a variety of courses in the MSW program, including a course she developed and taught on evidence based practices when working with transgender youth. 

Susan has a private practice in SE Michigan where she works primarily with transgender and gender diverse clients of all ages.  In 2019 and 2020 Susan worked for The University of Michigan Health System as a Clinical Social Worker in Child and Adolescent Gender Services. Her position was eliminated in 2020 due to COVID budget cuts but Susan has continued to facilitate an online, monthly consultation group for behavioral health providers working with gender diverse youth for the U of M Health System. Susan was also a volunteer support group leader for the teen group operated by Stand with Trans from 2018 - 2021.Susan serves on the NASW Michigan Board of Directors. She is also a member of the NASW Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC). She has been an active member of the CEC since 2010 including two terms as Chair of the Committee. Susan became a committed ally and stakeholder for transgender youth and their families when her own child came out to her as a trans boy back in 2005. At that time there was very little information or support available to trans youth or their families. Susan's commitment to trans youth was inspired by her journey as the parent of a trans child.

What is Gender Affirming Care and Why Does It Matter? Curriculum:

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