The Challenges of Coming Out: The Impact on Well-Being for LGBT Individuals - PSY12

The Challenges of Coming Out: The Impact on Well-Being for LGBT Individuals

by Michael P. Dentato, PhD
(4.3 / 114 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 member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. However, there appear to be common elements in the decision-making process and evaluation of self-awareness and readiness to disclose, which are related to 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 intersectionality factors associated with age and age cohort, sex, gender, identity, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, urban or rural location, and religion/spirituality.


This continuing education module will assist those working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community to better understand the multifaceted challenges of coming out at various life stages 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 LGBT individuals actively managing the coming-out process, struggling with remaining closeted, or having to re-closet themselves
  • Define key affirming practice approaches to best assist LGBT clients with coming out and enhance enhancing their 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.
Relias LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias LLC 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: 2/11/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/11/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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Logan R - Jackson, NJ  ·  Mar 04, 2020
it was informative and I found it to be helpful
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Kristin I - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Feb 25, 2020
Very informative, I enjoyed this segment of learning and will go toward my multicultural ce
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Shawna M - fairbanks , AK  ·  Feb 23, 2020
great course. I appreciate the lesson and in return it has made me more mindful.
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Deborah H - Frisco, TX  ·  Feb 19, 2020
great summary of the research.
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Patricia H - Vancouver, WA  ·  Jan 27, 2020
This course succinctly identifies identity development models for LGB and Trans communities. It identifies areas where homogenization can occur in understanding identity development, including bi- erasure and distinguishing gender identity development as a separate process from sexual orientation development.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50