ODW Working With Sex, Gender & Relationship Diverse Clients with Margie Nichols and Suzanne Iasenza

ODW Working With Sex, Gender & Relationship Diverse Clients with Margie Nichols and Suzanne Iasenza



This is a 3 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available immediately after successful registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

The presentation was broadcast live on Friday, October 15, 2021

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LGBTQ+ has become one of today’s most popular acronyms. The latest Gallup Poll finds that 5.6% of Americans overall — including one in six Gen Z people — identify as LGBT. Furthermore, 4% of adults are in open relationships engaging in consensual non-monogamy. And nearly half of adults are involved in some form of ‘kinky’ sex (BDSM) with many more fantasizing about it. In addition, 1% of the population identifies as ‘asexual’.

The typical graduate school experience may touch upon lesbian and gay people, but other ‘non-normative’ populations are rarely discussed, and may be framed in pathologizing terms.

In this workshop, we assume that sex/gender/relationship diversity is normal. You will learn about all types of LGBTQ+ clients and how their sexuality and relationship styles differ from heteronormative standards. We will discuss how these different populations came to be viewed as part of the LGBTQ+ community and what they have in common.

After this webinar, you will understand how to approach LGBTQ+ clients respectfully, how to help them, how to find resources, and when to refer to someone with more expertise. You will leave with expanded knowledge about populations that grad school didn’t prepare you for!

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be better able to —

  • Understand the evolution of the gay community to include many other sex, gender, and relationship-diverse people
  • Know how same sex couples differ from mixed sex couples, and how gay male and lesbian sexuality differs from heteronormative sexuality
  • Comprehend bisexuality, pansexuality, sexual fluidity, and asexuality
  • Understand transgender, nonbinary, and gender fluid people and their sexual concerns
  • Define BDSM and distinguish between kinky sex and abuse
  • Enumerate several types of consensual non-monogamy, including polyamory, and some issues particular to CNM


Time Topic Covered
First 90 minutes
  • Evolution of gay community, subgroups, prevalence
  • Same sex couples and sexuality
  • Bi/pan/fluidity/asexuality
15 minutes
  • Break
Last 90 Minutes
  • Trans/nonbinary issues 
  • BDSM
  • CNM

CE Information

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced