Move beyond gender basics to build strong client relationships with gender and sexuality minorities. These classes cover essential info for all clinicians who strive to be affirming of gender and sexuality minorities.

Objectives for this course:

  • State three forms of LGBTGEQ+ discrimination and oppression that impact assessment and the counseling relationship
  • Define heterosexism and its impact on assessment and the counseling relationship
  • State the difference between sex, gender identity and expression, and sexual identity
  • Define a minority stress model for guiding assessment and interventions tools
  • Assess your workspace to determine the impact it may have on your gender and sexual identity minority clients


Course Curriculum

  Section 1: Introduction
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  Section 2: Preparing for this Course
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  Section 3: Intro to Language - Words Matter
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  Section 4: Gender and Sexuality Minorities (GSM) and Access to Services
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  Section 5: Minority Stress
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  Section 6: How did we get here as Clinicans?
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  Section 7: Breaking Down Sex, Gender, Sexuality
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  Section 8: The Gender Galaxy - Part 1
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  Section 9: Gender Dysphoria
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  Section 10: Affectional Orientation and Sexual Identity
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  Section 11: Recommendations for the Clinician
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  Section 12: Resources and Handouts
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  Evaluation and Quiz (Required)
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Hi, I’m Nick Marzo. I use he / him / none pronouns.


Nick Marzo, MS, LPC, LMHC, CST, CPCS, NCC, CCMHC (he/him/none), is a white, transmasculine, genderqueer professional counselor and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist with 20+ years experience. Nick blends his unique lived and clinical experience to provide in-depth information and passionate humanity to the course.

Ethical Counseling with LGBTGEQ+ Individuals is geared towards the therapist who wishes to re-examine their practice and their spaces to help gender, sexuality, and relationship structure minorities access therapy in a way that shifts the client away from cis-genderism and heterosexism, and toward a more affirming experience for GSM clients.

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AASECT Provider

6 Continuing Education credits

AASECT CEs are accepted by most licensure boards across the U.S.


This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 6 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact [email protected]

F.A.Q.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for licensed therapists seeking to improve on a basic knowledge of gender and sexual minorities.


How long do I have access to the course?

Course materials are available indefinitely, including any updates to the course.


What do I do if I have a question?

Our instructors value the connection with students and will do everything we can do improve your experience. If you have questions you can reach us at any time via email at [email protected].


What do I do if I have a complaint or grievance?

Asynchronous courses do not issue refunds at this time. Refunds will not be issued due to technical limitations of the student.

Grievances, questions, comments, or concerns should be directed to [email protected]. Should your grievance or concern not be addressed to satisfaction please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for additional support and assistance.

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Ethics training done right!


"Best ethics CE course I've taken. Great presentation and excellent training."

  • Attendee, 2019
Fantastic Course


"Nick brought humility and gentleness to the presentation while simultaneously challenging us all to look at our biases and contemplate the experience of constant stress on members the of GSM community. ...I came away with practical knowledge of how to better support my GSM clients."

Essential Training


"Personally delivered important information. This course should be a must for all counselors and therapists!"