Type of Continuing Education

  • CME: 1.5
  • CHES: 1.5

About this Activity

Self-paced, archived version of a live webinar.

This ACHA webinar was presented live on April 19, 2016.

If you received continuing education credit for the live webinar, you are not eligible for additional credit for the archived webinar.

Important Dates

Released: April 19, 2016
Expires: October 1, 2020

 This activity counts as one elective towards completion of the CHWP program.

The Gender Affirming Therapist: What You Need to Know to Meet the Needs of Trans College Students

Fees View Webinar and Handouts Instructions for Obtaining Credit


Program Information


Designed for mental health providers well-versed in basic concepts and terminology related to gender identity, transgender and gender nonconforming, this webinar focuses on common presenting concerns of trans students; how providers can do their own work around gender and create affirming therapeutic environments; and discussion points for students preparing to transition (socially or medically). How counseling center, health center, and student life staff can effectively collaborate to meet trans students’ needs will also be discussed.

This webinar was conducted by the ACHA LGBTQ+ Health Coalition and is a companion to the webinar "Primary Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients" (you are not required to view one webinar to view the other). Software support for this webinar series is made possible through the generous support of the American College Health Foundation.

Intended Audience

  • Administrators
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychiatrists
  • Health Educators

Learning Objectives

The participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss specific mental health concerns of trans, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning clients.
  2. List ways that mental health providers can assist with issues related to gender confirming efforts and procedures.
  3. Describe examples of collaboration between the counseling center, the student health clinic, and student life office(s) in forming a transgender health program.


Bonnie M. Benson-Palmgren, PhD
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Program Planning Committee

Resolution of Potential Conflicts of Interest — Program Planning Committee:
Program Planning Committee members have completed conflict of interest statements regarding relationships with commercial entities. Each of the Program Planning Committee members have reported no relevant financial conflicts of interest.

Eleanor Davidson, MD
Case Western Reserve University

Michael Malmon, PhD
Metropolitan State University Denver

Sara B. Oswalt, MPH, PhD
University of Texas at San Antonio

Kathy Saichuk, MA, MCHES
Louisiana State University


There is no fee for viewing the webinar.

View Webinar and Handouts

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Download the recorded webinar in .wmv format.

View Presentation Materials
Download a copy of the presentation in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

It is estimated that it will require one and a half hours to view the download of this program and complete the post-test and evaluation. (You will be asked to identify the type of credit you are requesting when you take the post-test.)

Step 1: View the archived version above.

Step 2: Complete the Post-test and Evaluation Form.

Statements and Disclosures


  • The American College Health Association (ACHA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    ACHA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Sponsored by ACHA, a designated provider of continuing education content hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category 1 continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level contact hours available are 0.

Policy on Continuing Education Post-Tests

It is the policy of the American College Health Association that when a post-test is required upon completion of a continuing education activity, participants must receive a passing grade of 80%. If participants receive a grade lower than 80%, they will be given the opportunity to re-take the post-test one time. If they receive 80% or higher the second time, they will be awarded continuing education credits/contact hours for the activity. We encourage participants to complete the post-test and evaluation form immediately after viewing the download. Those with a passing grade of 80% on the post-test will receive their CE certificate electronically within two weeks.

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about health-care products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial relationship.

The planners and presenters of this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Off-Label Product Use

This educational activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).