Understanding SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression) From a Child Welfare Context

Tracey Post, LCSW, CCTC, CST

Gender and sexuality are central features of identity development in adolescence. When a person’s internal experience of gender and/or sexuality does not match with familial or societal expectations; it can cause great distress and difficulty. Caregivers may also struggle with knowing how best to respond and support youth. This two-hour workshop will include the distinctions between gender and sexual orientation; the “Coming Out” process; unique risk factors for GLBT youth; and parental and cultural attitudes which may influence the DCPP approach to these issues.  Legislation (Federal and state) and DCF/DCPP policy are covered. Participants practice addressing gender and sexual identity issues with youth and caregivers within the context of best CPM practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the layers of sexual identity and the “coming out” process
  • List parental and cultural attitudes which may influence the DCPP approach to SOGIE
  • Recognize unique risk factors for LGBT youth
  • Describe Legislation (Federal and state) and DCF/DCPP policy pertaining to LGBTQI youth and families


10:15-11:15am Overview of SOGIE Overview and the Coming Out Process
Unique risks factors for LGBTQI youth
11:15am-12:15pm Impact of Parental and Cultural Attitudes
Legal Rights and Issues

CEs: 1 Clinical, 1 Cultural Competence
Level:  Intermediate

About the Presenter

Tracey Post is the President of TLP Consulting Group, LLC which provides training and consultation services to individuals, as well as public and private organizations.  Her firm provides trainings in human sexuality, trauma, family dynamics and public health.  Specialties include child and adult sexuality, gender identity, sexual abuse, relationship violence and trauma interventions and treatment.  Tracey is an AASECT certified sexuality therapist and owner of TLP Counseling, LLC which provides evidenced based treatment for individuals and couples experiencing trauma and/or sexual concerns and difficulties. She is an IATP certified trauma specialist.  Tracey served from 1998 – 2008, as the Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Human Sexuality Program and is currently an adjunct instructor for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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