Trans+ Affirming Letter Writing - Counseling & Therapy Services - The Juniper Center
Trans+ Affirmative Letter Writing

Trans+ Affirming Letter Writing was originally presented as a LIVE webinar. Watch the replay now (or register below FIRST to earn CEU’s)


Presented by Ari Groner, LCSW 

Register to Earn CEU’s for this course.

The cost is $15 and you will earn 1.5 CEUs. Register, pay, and watch the video on The Juniper Center CEU School to advance to the quiz and get a certificate. You can only earn CEU’s when you register on the CEU school (not here on the blog post).

About the Presentation:

This training will cover how to write a letter in support of various transition related steps including medical surgeries, hormone therapies, blockers, and gender marker changes.  This training will sharpen knowledge and skills for clinicians that already write letters, and help those getting started.  The program will also cover a brief history of trans healthcare in US and the origin of gender dysphoria in DSM. 


  • Learn the history of the gender dysphoria diagnosis and its implications in letter writing
  • Understand the institutional discrimination and roadblocks trans+ people face when accessing medical care 
  • Identify key content areas needed for successful letters

About the Presenter:

Ariel is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Masters of Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. Her education specialized in work with children and families. She is an advocate for social justice in the lives of her clients through her use of client-center/focused therapy and the strengths based perspective. Motivated by hope and a firm belief in the power of individuals to affect positive change in their own lives, Ariel works with her clients to understand their own diverse and interconnected identities.

Aside from experience working with children and adolescents with depression and anxiety, Ariel has a focus within the LGBTQ+ population. Her advanced training working with this population gives her the tools to help queer people obtain wholeness in their lives. Ariel has a passion for guiding individuals through their journey, whether it be a young person exploring their sexuality, an adult discovering their gender, or parents navigating a child through transitioning.

Assistance for trans clients include but are not limited to the following: resources about support groups and other services, referrals to other medical professionals, family sessions, guidance in the name change process with letters to amend gender marker, letter of readiness for HRT, and letter for gender-affirming surgeries. For immediate information, check out The List, a resource document created by Ariel, for trans and GNC folx in Chicagoland.

Registration/Payment Process:

Important Information – Register and pay at the same time using our new CEU Online School platform. After registration, you will receive a welcome email from CEU Online confirming you are enrolled in the course. To earn CEU’s, you must watch the video inside the CEU school platform (not using the link above–that is for viewing if you do not need CEU’s). 


We are licensed to provide CEUs in the State of Illinois for Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists.

This format has opened up the possibility for therapists from all over to attend. We always love meeting new people and appreciate welcoming returning friends as well. We hope that you can join us!

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