Working with Gender Diverse Individuals Part I: Terms, Definitions, and a Framework for Competency is the first course in a multi-part series for clinicians who would like to move from being a novice or friendly provider to an affirming and then competent provider for gender minorities.

Each course will cover a topic that is critical for working with gender minorities.

This course is the foundation to help you get started. We will cover basic terms, definitions, and provide you with a framework for measuring your competence when engaging in counseling and sex therapy with gender minorities. 

Objectives for this course:

  • Using two models for reference, identify a framework for developing clinician competency when working with gender minorities
  • Define the difference between sex and gender
  • Define dysphoria
  • Define gatekeeping


Course Curriculum

  Section 1: Introduction
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  Section 2: Course Objectives and Preparation
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  Section 3: A Framework for Competency
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  Section 4: ACA Competencies
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  Section 5: WPATH Standards of Care
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  Section 6: Sex vs. Gender
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  Section 7: Transgender Identities and the Gender Galaxy
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  Section 8: Pronouns
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  Section 9: Gender Dysphoria Overview
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  Section 10: Gatekeeping and Course Conclusion
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  Section 11: 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.

The Gender Diverse Individuals Miniseries was created out of the need to express, from both clinical and lived experience, the crucial aspects of working with gender diverse individuals. I hope this course achieves the goal for clinicians to be aware and to move toward having an affirming and accessible space for gender minority clients.

Choose a Pricing Option

AASECT Provider

3 Continuing Education credits; Sex Education D

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 3 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 terminology and essential framework used in working with gender minority clients.


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?

All Continuing Education classes are approved by the Licensed Professional Counseling Organization of GA. Those classes that meet necessary requirements are approved by the American Association of Sexuality, Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Certificates are issued at the time of training and maintained on file with Modern Path, LLC for a period of seven years. 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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Knowledgeable


"Great course! I gained so much knowledge and my mind was opened. ... Great pace and presented in an easy to learn format. Keep doing the great work you do. "

  • Student, 2020


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."

  • Student, 2020
Essential Training


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

  • Student, 2020