Gender and Sexual Identity Development:

2-Hour LGBTQ+ Training

Emerging theories and models can provide insight into the identity development of LGBTQ+ people. This 2-hour session will take a deep dive into the LGBTQ+ experience, emerging research into gender and sexual orientation identity development, dominant models and theories for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) and Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) identity, and best practices for supporting someone as they “come out.”

**Meets DC Board of Social Work LGBTQI Course Requirements**


Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Time: Sign in: 6:30pm EST – Workshop: 6:45pm EST-9:00pm EST

Location: Online Interactive Course – Meets DC LGBTQI Requirements and Maryland Category I Social Work CE Credits!

Cost: $39 through May 31, 2022 

   $49 after May 31, 2022

  $30 per person Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Gregory A. Brightbill, MBA, MEd

CE Credits: 2 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CE Credits – See below for more details.

**Meets DC Board of Social Work LGBTQI Course Requirements!


Gregory A. Brightbill (pronouns: he/him/they) is the owner of Bright Baltimore, LLC, a training and consulting company located in Baltimore, Maryland, specializing in LGBTQ+ advocacy and allyship. In addition to his work at Bright Baltimore, Greg works full time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore as an Associate Director in Student Affairs where he supports the educational, professional, and identity-based needs of health and human services students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. Additionally, Greg serves as the Vice-Chair of the GLSEN Maryland Board of Directors, an education and advocacy organization specializing in the needs of k-12 Queer youth in the Maryland Schools. Greg’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in psychology, a Master of Education in college student personnel administration, and a Master of Business Administration. Furthermore, Greg is currently in the candidacy phase of his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree while he writes his dissertation titled: A Grounded Approach Campus Climate Model for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students in Graduate and Professional Education.


CE Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CE credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CE Credits). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


  1. Differentiate between gender identity, sexual orientation, birth/assigned sex, and gender expression
  2. Understand the identities within the transgender community and their individual/identity-based significance
  3. Learn the basic models for transgender identity development, LGB identity development, and the coming out process
  4. Learn about gender identity development in early childhood and adolescence
  5. Learn about and practice using language for allyship and LGBTQ+ support

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