Helping people navigate diverse gender identities and gender identity questions is complex and often polarizing work. For families informed by conventionally religious faith, some approaches to care raise as many questions as answers. This pre-conference workshop will help attendees who work with conventionally religious families in which a family member is navigating a diverse gender identity, such as transgender or nonbinary identities. Participants will discuss trends in care among psychologists, other licensed mental health professionals, and medical professionals who work with children, adolescents, and adults who experience diverse gender identities. In this workshop, the presenters will discuss transgender and nonbinary experiences, emphasizing how to work with conventionally religious families in clinical practice. Controversies in care for youth today, such as the use of medical interventions like puberty blockers, medical transition, and late-onset cases, will also be analyzed. The presenters will also discuss Christian considerations for counseling youth and their families as mental health and medical professionals strive for what is best practice when working with conventionally religious families in which a family member is navigating gender identity and faith.
023 | Gender Identity & Religious Faith in Clinical Practice
Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D., and Julia Sadusky, Psy.D.
Approved For CE
Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches
Approved For CME/CEU
Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Name three explanatory frameworks for understanding gender identity, transgender experiences, and nonbinary identities.
Describe three explanatory frameworks for understanding gender identity, transgender experiences, and nonbinary identities.
Identify three areas of current controversy in care for minors with diverse gender identity issues, such as medical interventions and how medical professionals, psychologists, and licensed mental health professionals can engage families in these discussions on care.
Examine strategies for working with conventionally religious families in which a family member experiences a diverse gender identity.