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306 | Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria in Professional Counseling

Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Sexuality, Sexual Interventions, and Sexual Health, Workshop Tracks


Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.; Julia Sadusky, Psy.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




This workshop will address trends in care among licensed mental health and medical professionals who work with children, adolescents, and adults who experience diverse gender identities. The presenters will discuss transgender and nonbinary experiences, emphasizing how to work with conventionally religious families in clinical practice. In this workshop, participants will be able to identify controversies in care for youth today, such as the use of puberty blockers, medical transition, and late-onset cases. The presenters will also discuss Christian considerations for counseling Christian youth and their families as participants strive for what is best practice when working with conventionally religious families in which a family member is navigating gender identity and faith.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe three explanatory frameworks for understanding gender identity, transgender experiences, and nonbinary identities
2. Identify three areas of current controversy in the care of minors
3. Explain strategies for working with conventionally religious families in which a family member experiences a diverse gender identity
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