Gender Exploration: Treating Transitioning Youth and Their Families


Recorded on 3/10/2022

 This workshop meets the MD Licensing Requirement for Cultural Diversity

Ray Stirba Moneypenny, LCSW-C and Jessica R. Rothstein, Psy.D.

 Workshop Instructional Level: Intermediate

Requirements for completion: This is considered a home-study course for reporting purposes, and in order to get CE credit you must pass the post-test (75%) and submit a completed evaluation. You will receive your CE certificate via email 7-10 business days after course completion.

 Do you feel prepared to answer the question, “my kid is transitioning--what does that even mean?” This workshop will guide clinicians through different aspects of transition and language around gender identity. Upon completion of this course, clinicians will have the information necessary to explore the process, and provide appropriate resources to clients and their families. Therapists treating this population need to have an awareness as to their own aspects of identity, and how that might influence treatment outcomes. Using themselves as examples, the workshop presenters will discuss these complex dynamics that often lead to challenges in the therapy environment. Modalities of both individual and family therapy will be covered.

 At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to 

  • Discuss and understand gender dysphoria and gender euphoria and how these might influence gender transition
  • Identify different aspects of transition (social, legal, medical, educational) and how to assist youth and family in timing and appropriateness of each step
  • Explore their (clinicians) identity and how it might impact the therapy process
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Ray Stirba Moneypenny, LCSW-C (they/them) is a Queer- and trans-identified clinician with a passion for providing affirming care to LGBTQ+ adolescents and adults navigating gender transition or coming to terms with their sexuality. Ray has years of experience in many modalities of trauma-informed care and strives to integrate experiences in the queer community with the latest research and development of clinical work and process. Ray is a Consultant for Collaborative Pathways Counseling and Consulting, LLC and as of March 2022 they will see therapy patients at the practice.

Ray's clinical background is primarily in working with survivors of trauma, individuals managing diagnoses of anxiety and depression, LGBTQI+ adults, teens, and their families, and individuals and couples navigating alternative lifestyles such as BDSM and non-monogamy. Ray has a variety of experiences as an educator, including as a secondary mathematics teacher, training other clinicians in trauma-informed and LGBTQ-affirming care, and providing sex-positive psychoeducation to adults.


Jessica R. Rothstein, Psy.D. (she/her) is the owner of Collaborative Pathways Counseling and Consulting, LLC. As a white, Cisgender female, she is dedicated to operating from a culturally humble perspective. She is well known for her work with transgender individuals, and their family members, and regularly conducts Gender Affirming Surgery assessments. She treats individuals ages 14-65 years old and provides couples and family therapy. From a clinical standpoint, she aims to provide patients an environment where they are seen as a whole, and can learn to identify their strengths, along with the aspects of self they seek to change.

Dr. Rothstein is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland, earning her Master’s degree in 2006 and her Doctorate in 2009. She has advanced training in clinical supervision. Along with LGBTQ affirming care, she is passionate about ethics, self-care, and insurance-based practice. She is frequently asked to offer consultation and training on these topics.