The SOGI Project

The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project (SOGI), an initiative of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, under the Project Management of Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC.

The SOGI Project’s goals are to:

  1. Enhance the clinical skills of graduate students working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals (LGBTQ) clients and their families, and
  2. Develop educational and campus-wide access for students across disciplines that are interested in LGBTQ studies.


Fall 2015 Events Schedule

Working with Gender Nonconforming Children and Trans Youth
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This workshop is an overview of sexual identity and gender expression focusing on understanding the needs of gender nonconforming children and transgender youth. We will explore the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity and the developmental process youth experience who recognize gender identity struggles. An overview of the issues impacting families of trans youth with special attention to parental education, support, and school-related advocacy will be addressed. Lifecycle issues including social transition for pre-pubertal children who express gender dysphoria, hormonal treatment to assist adolescents beginning transition, and the ethics of treating youth utilizing the Standards of Care developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Participants may receive 6 CE hours for this event. Click here for more information.

Presented by: Acey Mercer, LMSW, Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD & Arlene Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC

Register for this event here.

If you would like Continuing Education Credits (CE's) for this training, there is a separate registration process (with a separate fee).

Apply here for CE hours.

For more information on these events call (518) 366-0583 or email us at .

*Street Parking is limited; if you want a parking pass email:  

*This workshop series is made possible through the generous support of Rainbow Access Initiative, Gender Wellness Center, SWARE, The Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality, and the Capital Region Pride Center.