Get a better understanding of how to support a healthy coming out process


  • Course Description

    As LGBTQ adolescents come to terms with their own sexuality and gender identity they can experience lower self esteem, feel unsafe, battle depression, and often contemplate suicide. Multiple studies show that LGBTQ adolescents experience higher rates of mental health disorders than their heterosexual peers. It is vital for clinicians to understand the process of coming out, learn definitions of sexuality and gender, understand variables in family dynamics and cultural influences, and develop tools to better assist their LGBTQ teen clients and their families.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Analyze developmental models of sexuality and gender and how they influence the challenges of the coming out process; Assess the effects of hetero-centric systems and biases within the structure of LGBTQ adolesent developmental phases; Apply therapeutic concepts developed during the workshop to the clinical setting with respect to cultural and social constructs.

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Intermediate

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

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LGBTQ Expert

John Sovec, LMFT #46376

LGBTQ+ Expert

John is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ community with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, YHTV, LA Talk Radio, Broad Topics and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy. In addition, John offers trainings to organizations, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on how to successfully support the LGBTQ community.
John is an advocate and educator in the HIV/AIDS community with over twenty five years of experience presenting workshops and retreats with various organizations and is the Clinical Consultant for The Life Group LA. In addition, John is an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Graduate University.
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  • CONVENIENT: All courses are 1-hour podcast episodes, available on all public podcast platforms

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  • SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE: We donate to The Trevor Project for LGBTQIA+ youth suicide prevention

  • WOMEN-OWNED: We are founded and run by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • DIVERSE: We highlight expert presenters from historically-marginalized communities

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