Clinical Competencies with Transgender & Non-Binary Youth
Presented by Dr. Christina Patterson and Dr. Luke Allen
2 Cultural Competency Homestudy CE Credits


  Approved for Nevada Psychologists, LCSWs, and MFTs.
  NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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About the Workshop:

Over the past few decades, the number of young people identifying as transgender or non-binary (TNB) has increased worldwide. The appropriate healthcare of TNB young people is a matter of intense controversy, both legally and socially. This presentation provides an overview of relevant LGBTQ+ terminology and relevant scientific literature, explores what transition is and what it may or may not include, and discusses the ethics of working with trans youth and clinical considerations/skills (e.g., what is gender exploration).

Learning Objectives:

 At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
1) Describe the key research findings on the mental health benefits of affirming child and teen’s gender identities.
2) Identify ethical tensions and key considerations in helping children, teens, and their families make decisions about transitioning.
3) Apply intersectional understanding to clinical considerations regarding trans and nonbinary youth.


This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology. 

About the Speakers:

Dr. Christina Patterson (they/she) is a licensed psychologist in Nevada and New Mexico. They are currently a staff psychologist at Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In their position at CAPS, they are a member of the Transgender Care Team, co-lead the LGBTQ+ support group, and developed and supervise an LGBTQ+ training rotation for the psychology doctoral internship training program. They are currently completing their World Professional Association for Transgender Health Care (WPATH) certification. They are the President Elect of APA’s Division 44, Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Dr. Patterson's CV

Dr. Luke Allen (he/him/his) is a licensed psychologist at Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been licensed as a professional counselor from 2017 to 2022. He is a Certified World Professional Association for Transgender Health Care (WPATH) Global Education Initiative Standards of Care 7 Member. Dr. Allen previously served as co-chair of the WPATH Student Initiative and was the elected student representative to the WPATH Board of Directors. He currently serves on the WPATH Ethics Committee. Dr. Allen has published qualitative, quantitative, and theoretical articles on transgender health, ethics, and social justice. His dissertation research was the first study to demonstrate decreased suicidality and increased well-being among adolescents following gender-affirming hormones. Outside of his role at UNLV, he maintains a part-time telehealth private practice seeing 5 to 8 clients a week. In private practice, Dr. Allen works primarily with transgender and non-binary youth and their families on matters related to gender identity. Dr. Allen's CV

General Information:

Access to Webinar/Handout Materials

This is a 2-hour pre-recorded presentation for homestudy CE credit. Electronic copy of handout materials will be sent out by email to attendee after registration is completed along with link(s) to view pre-recorded live, virtual webinar.

Refunds & Grievance Policies

Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. 

Approval and CE Credit

Approved by Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 

NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who watch the entire pre-recorded presentation and complete and pass an online posttest question form. The online posttest question form, required to complete for CE credit, will include posttest questions provided by the presenter as well as two attendance verification words which were spoken randomly by the presenter during the pre-recorded presentation. Attendees are required to list the attendance verification words on the posttest form and correctly answer the posttest questions provided by the presenter. A passing grade of at least 75% is required to receive CE credit. If your tabulated score is under 75%, CE credit will not be given.


Ashley, F. (2019). Thinking an ethics of gender exploration: Against delaying transition for transgender and gender creative youth. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 24(2), 223–236.

Allen, L. R., Dodd, C. G., & Moser, C. N. (2021). Gender-affirming psychological assessment with youth and families: A mixed-methods examination. Practice Innovations, 6(3), 159–170.

Allen, L. R., Watson, L. B., Egan, A. M., & Moser, C. N. (2019). Well-being and suicidality among transgender youth after gender-affirming hormones. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 7, 302-311.

Clark, B. A., & Virani, A. (2021). This wasn't a split-second decision": an empirical ethical analysis of transgender youth capacity, rights, and authority to consent to hormone therapy. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 18(1), 151–164.

Snow, C., J., & Frey, L. (2022). A safe bet? Transgender and gender diverse experiences with inclusive therapists. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 92(2), 154–158.

Temple Newhook, J., Pyne, J., Winters, K., Feder, S., Holmes, C., Tosh, J., ... & Pickett, S. (2018). A critical commentary on follow-up studies and “desistance” theories about transgender and gender-nonconforming children. International Journal of Transgenderism, 19(2), 212-224.

There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for this program or its presenter.