LIVE WEBINAR 1:30-5:00PM CDT via Zoom 

2023 Dates: November 17


A 3 CE, interactive and dynamic live webinar for social workers and professionals to understand concepts of conflict work, chosen family and stressors surrounding holiday gatherings for LGBTQ individuals.

Target audience: social workers     Content level: Beginner

About the Instructor

Troy Johnson, LCSW is a psychotherapist and LGBTQ advocate who works to educate communities regarding culturally competent services for diverse populations. To learn more about Troy, visit

Learning Objectives

  1. Define conflict work and its impact on the lives of queer identifying people when interacting with unsupportive family members.
  2. Identify the importance of chosen family, especially during holiday seasons.
  3. Give examples of allyship during holiday seasons, including actions you can take professionally and personally to advocate for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  4. Recognize the stress and potential trauma associated with a queer person returning to their “home town” and/or attending religious events with family, including possibility of physical danger/violence.
  5. Describe the role of a social worker/service provider as an advocate & ally for LGBTQ+ individuals during holiday seasons.


1:30 PM Welcome & Introductions

Welcome and introductions of instructors.

1:40 PM Conflict Work

Defining conflict work and its impact on LGBTQ individuals, particularly during the holiday season.

2:10 PM Chosen Family

“Going where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated”- identifying the value of Chosen Family.

2:40 PM Snack Break

2:50 PM Allyship & the Holidays

The importance of allyship and inclusion during the holiday season, including action steps to take professionally and personally in your organizations and communities.

3:20 PM Specific Stressors Related to Family Gatherings

Recognizing the stress and potential trauma associated with a queer person returning to their “hometown” and/or attending religious events with family, including possibility of mental, emotional and physical danger/violence.

4:00 PM Recognizing Your Role

Understanding your role as a social worker/service provider and how to be an advocate for LGBTQ individuals during the holidays.

4:30-5:00 PM Consultation and Discussion

A time for questions and discussion specific to participant’s areas of organization and specialty.


The cost to attend this event is $120 which includes CE certificate of completion. To register, visit Registration closes on March 17, 2023. Cancellations must be received prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund.

Course Completion & CE Credit

Course completion requirements: Social workers must attend the entire course and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 30 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

A free Zoom account

An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or: An HD cam or HD camcorder with a video-capture card Note: See the list of supported devices.

Virtual camera software for use with broadcasting software like OBS or IP cameras Note: For macOS, Zoom client 5.1.1 or higher is required.


Please contact if you have any questions, concerns, or need to request any special accommodations.


Happier Holidays: Navigating Family Gatherings with the LGBTQ+ Community, Course #4563, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards(ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.