Supporting and responding in an affirming and empathic manner is essential when working with TGE children, youth and families as they process their identities (ALGBTIC LGBQQIA Competencies Taskforce, 2013; ALGBTIC Transgender Committee, 2010). State and local laws protecting TGE individuals exist (American Civil Liberties Union, 2016) but vary state to state. Counselors should stay aware of the laws that apply in their respective states. Counselors, whether working in schools, agencies or private practices, seek to affirm all clients in a supportive and compassionate manner. Acknowledging that little training exists for working with TGE clients, this presentation will provide counselors with information and resources for honing skills.