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Continuing Education: Unmasking Realness and Vision: Suicide Prevention with Trans and Nonbinary Clients – December 15

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Date: Friday, December 15, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
Location: In-person training on CSW Nashville campus OR via Zoom
Presentation Title:
Unmasking Realness and Vision: Suicide Prevention with Trans and Nonbinary Clients
Presenter: Urielle Samis, LCSW

Cost – FREE

*This event is no longer accepting registrations

The training will be held on the UTK College of Social Work Nashville campus at 193 Polk Avenue Suite E on the second floor. Please park in a spot labeled “UT” or blank. Additional parking is located behind the building.

Zoom information will be emailed to virtual participants the afternoon before and morning of the event. Registration will close EOD on Thursday, December 14. This event is live and will not be recorded.

Course Description

As a mental health provider, you have likely heard that LGBTQ+ individuals are at higher risk for suicide than the general population. Within the queer community, transgender and nonbinary individuals are at the highest risk for suicide while also being less understood, less studied, and more stigmatized.

As trans and nonbinary people are gaining more visibility in society, more trans, nonbinary, and questioning clients are seeking our help as mental health providers. Many of them, whether they share it with us or not, are contemplating ending their lives.

When sitting with a suicidal trans person, we need greater understanding of their experience along with queer-affirming practices and tools to help them unmask the realness and vision within themselves that will restore and sustain hope. This training will help you connect with, understand, and tap into the well of inherent resilience already within your trans and nonbinary clients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe clinical and systemic vulnerabilities that increase suicide risk in the trans/nonbinary community;
  2. Describe and implement effective practices to build rapport and assess for suicidality with trans and nonbinary clients;
  3. Describe and implement effective queer-affirming, trauma-informed, and neurodivergence-affirming intervention strategies that reduce suicidality with trans and nonbinary clients; and
  4. Identify and make necessary, affirming referrals for trans and nonbinary clients that sustain hope and resilience beyond preventing suicide completion.

Target Audience

Mental Health Providers/Students (Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, etc.)


Participants can earn 2 CEUs in Suicide Prevention

A link for the program evaluation will be emailed to participants after the event has concluded. To receive the CEU certificate, participants must complete the evaluation by the deadline indicated in that email. Certificates are not automatically generated and will be emailed out after the deadline to complete the evaluation has passed.


There is space on the event registration form to indicate accommodations required. We work with the university’s Office of Equity & Diversity and Office of Student Disability Services to make arrangements and ask that you allow us adequate time to communicate with them about any services needed.

It is a priority to make our events inclusive and accessible. For any questions or to notify us of a request, please email at least three business days prior to the event.

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About the Presenters

In 2021, Urielle founded Healing Umbrella Psychotherapy, a group practice comprised of queer therapists providing LGBTQ-affirming, trauma-informed, and sex-positive care. Prior to that, she was a trauma therapist at Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center for 4 years. Uri completed her MSSW at the University of Tennessee College of Social work in 2015.

This training is co-presented by the Chroma Mental Health Collective. Chroma was founded in 2021 and is led by LGBTQ+ mental health professionals in Middle Tennessee with the unified mission to create access to affirming and attuned mental health care for all gender and sexual minorities. In 2023, it was rewarded the Landecker Democracy Fellowship on engaging with critical questions of democracy in the digital age.