Friday, October 4, 2019
9:00 a.m.


Hauppauge Center


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.





Working with the LGBTQ Community: Navigating Challenges for Those in Helping Professions

Participants will get an introduction to the transgender community, hear about current trends in HIV treatment, prevention, and stigma reduction, and learn about tangible hands-on tools, both micro and macro, for working with and advocating for LGBTQ people.

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Training Sessions

Working with the Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Nonbinary Community: Navigating Challenges for Those in Helping Professions

Attendees will gain an understanding of basic terminology and walk away with the tools necessary to engage with the transgender community in a respectful, considerate, compassionate, and productive way. Attendees will learn about the transition process, the unique challenges their transgender clients might face, and how to develop healthy action plans that address their specific needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of basic terminology
  • Obtain the tools necessary to engage with the transgender community
  • Gain an understanding of the transition process

Current Trends in HIV and PrEP

Attendees will gain an understanding of current trends in HIV treatment, prevention, and stigma reduction, including a discussion of U=U, PrEP and PEP, and non-stigmatizing language.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the current status of HIV treatment and prevention
  • Understand the U=U message, treatment as prevention, and the science behind it
  • Learn the importance of PrEP in ending the HIV epidemic

Name and Gender Changes for Transgender People

Attendees will learn how to assist transgender clients with legal transition, including the name and gender marker change process, rights and obligations, and best practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the name change process for New York residents
  • Learn the gender marker change process for New York residents for both state and federal documents
  • Get answers to some of the common legal questions clients ask throughout the transition process

Advocacy for Pride

Attendees will learn about the current political landscape and community priorities at the local and state level.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about recent legislative victories
  • Learn about community priorities for the upcoming legislative session
  • Learn how to effectively connect and mobilize

About the Speakers 

Charlie Arrowood, Esq. is the Community Mobilization Coordinator at Pride for Youth. They oversee the Long Island ETE Project, which aims to end the HIV epidemic in this region, and sit as a Co-Chair on the Nassau County Ending the Epidemic Committee. Charlie is a graduate of Tulane University (BA, History) and New York Law School, and is admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition to their role at Pride for Youth, Charlie is the Director of Name & Gender Recognition at Transcend Legal, where they assist transgender New Yorkers in need of name and gender designation changes, and Of Counsel to Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy. Charlie is also Vice Chair of the LGBTQ Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and a founding member of the Long Island TGNCNB Coalition.

Aiden Jay Kaplan, LMSW, oversees all administrative aspects of LGBTQ programming at Pride for Youth, including Coffeehouse, TransAction, YAAS, Queer Connect, and Community Education. Kaplan facilitates the monthly “Pride for Parents Night,” and carries a caseload of individuals and families. He is available to conduct training on LGBTQ Cultural Competency to other professionals who work with youth, as well as provide Community Education on the topics of Understanding Homophobia and Understanding Transphobia in school and agency based settings across Long Island. Kaplan is also a trained counselor on Long Island Crisis Center’s crisis intervention hotline.

Elmer Flores provides personalized counseling to individual clients and their families with a focus on the Hispanic/Latinx community in both Suffolk and Nassau counties. He co-facilitates the Suffolk chapter of MpowerVida and ensures that the group is meeting the psycho-educational needs of high-risk young gay/bi/queer men and trans individuals who are Hispanic/Latinx. In addition, he provides intensive case management services in both English and Spanish. Some case management services offered include but are not limited to; engagement into HIV prevention services for those who are at risk, linkage to treatment and adherence support for those living with HIV and legal navigation support for immigration/asylum needs via community partnerships.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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