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Gender, sexuality, and therapy: The basics

  • Kip 120 West 31st Street, 3rd Fl New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

Our understanding of gender and sexuality is constantly changing and evolving, and the narratives and experiences that our clients bring into the consult room can be nuanced and complex. Without the proper competencies and sensitivities, service providers can find themselves struggling to truly connect with a client discussing their gender identity and expression, or sexuality and desire. This course is a starting point for clinicians who are interested in developing a truly nuanced understanding around how gender and sexuality can become an important part of the therapeutic process.

Through a blend of thoughtful discussion, experiential learning, and case presentation, participants will become familiar with critical competencies including: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) identity development; queer and trans theory and history; cultural humility and clinical allyship; and the traumatic impacts that systemic oppressions can have on LGBTQ people.

This training is offered through Kip’s Division of Gender and Sexuality.

Joie Adam DeRitis, LMSW is the Director of Kip's Division of Gender and Sexuality. She is a psychotherapist specializing in mental health treatments with transgender and gender non-conforming populations, and with the broader LGBTQ community. Joie has extensive experience in LGBTQ and social justice education, as well as in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. She thinks and practices from a psychodynamic and relational perspective.

"Joie is an engaging and supportive facilitator - wow!"

"I enjoyed the depth of information and the knowledge of the facilitator."

"From a clinician who has had no experience in the field professionally or personally, you opened my mind and my heart. Thank you"

-Participant survey responses, Gender, sexuality and therapy: The basics, 2019

7 CE Credits

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053, and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

Gender, Sexuality, and Therapy: The Basics has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. The Kull Initiative for Psychotherapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3342.

$100 Professionals - $85 NASW Members - $75 Students & Candidates - Free for KIP employees.
We have a limited number of scholarships available for clinicians who have been historically marginalized on the basis of their identities or experiences, and who are unable to afford the cost of attendance. Please email us at

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