The Challenges of Coming Out - PSY12

The Challenges of Coming Out

The Impact on Well Being

by Michael P. Dentato, PhD
(4.1 / 16 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


The coming out process is a definitively unique and fluid process for each person. However, there appear to be five common elements related to decision-making and the evaluation of self-awareness and readiness to disclose, timing, assessing level of acceptability, evaluating the capability to manage myriad reactions and planning for the potential positive or negative impact. These elements may differ based on age, sex, gender, identity, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and religion.


This coming out continuing education module will assist those working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to better understand the multifaceted challenges of coming out at various stages across the life span and the overall impact on well-being. After completion of this module, readers will be able to:
  • Identify key concepts associated with the theoretical origins of coming out
  • Discuss risk and protective factors related to the well-being of those actively managing the coming out process, struggling with remaining closeted or having to re-closet oneself
  • Define key practice approaches to best assist those with coming out and enhance overall well-being

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including psychologists and social workers.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Advanced
Target audience: Psychologists

Course Originally Released on: 3/27/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/26/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/27/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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KAREN H - San Antonio, TX  ·  Jan 03, 2018
Excellent information and theories
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Bonnie D - Greensboro, NC  ·  Dec 07, 2017
Gave me a better idea of the LBGT community.
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Kurrie W - Coatesville, PA  ·  Nov 22, 2017
the course was comprehensive and good
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CYNTHIA M - Compton, CA  ·  May 08, 2017
I would say that it's simple informative, and that it is a course that I would inform my co-workers about.
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Anthia C - Tampa, FL  ·  Mar 26, 2017
very helpful, informative, and would recommend to others
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50