The Challenges of Coming Out - SW12

The Challenges of Coming Out

The Impact on Well Being

by Michael P. Dentato, PhD
(4.5 / 61 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


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.
Social workers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (provider # FBN 50-1489).
OnCourse Learning, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0401. This approval is for a three-year term beginning August 1, 2016 and ending July 31, 2019.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 clinical social work continuing education clock hours.
OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online Self-Study
Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: Intermediate/Advanced
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
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When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
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Course Originally Released on: 3/27/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/27/2013
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.

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TERESE B - CHARLOTTE, NC  ·  Aug 11, 2017
The course was well written
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Jessica L - Tucson, AZ  ·  Jul 18, 2017
This was a very informative course.
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Susan S - San Antonio, TX  ·  Jul 18, 2017
This course gave a comprehensive view of how to help in the coming out process and how to help individuals regardless of age. As a young SW, it was suggested that I keep a rainbow in my office to indicate an attitude of acceptance.
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Nicole M - Tucson, AZ  ·  Jul 17, 2017
Good information on the different theories and stages of the coming out process
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Germaine O - Waipahu, HI  ·  Jun 12, 2017
This was a great refresher course.
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00