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Advanced Sexual Identity and Gender Identity

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Advanced Sexual Identity & Gender Identity

When: November 3-5, 2023

Where/How: Live in-person at the Sexual Wholeness classroom in Dallas, TX

And Live Online (link will be sent after registration)



Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse is the Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, where he teaches in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and directs the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute. Dr. Yarhouse is a licensed clinical psychologist. He is currently the chair of the task force on LGBTQ+ issues for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association (APA). In 2015 and 2023, Dr. Yarhouse served on an APA consensus panel to provide input to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on services to minors, specifically sexual minority and gender diverse youth. He is author or co-author of several books and peer-reviewed journal articles on the intersection of religious and sexual and/or gender identity.

Course Description

This advanced course focuses on an intermediate and advanced understanding of the topics of sexual orientation, sexual identity, and gender identity. It considers theological, biological, and sociocultural perspectives on sexual orientation, sexual identity, and gender identity, as well as clinical and applied perspectives with a focus on assessment and intervention when clients present with conflicts between their sexual or gender identity and religious identity. 

Course Objectives

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate current thought on the biological perspectives on sexual orientation.
  • Articulate sociocultural influences on sexual behavior and gender expression.
  • Distinguish between and explain various models of sexual identity development.
  • Discuss recent professional, legal, and ethical developments as they relate to work with sexual minorities.
  • Articulate emerging professional, legal, and ethical issues relevant to their work with gender diverse persons.
  • Discuss sexual identity issues presented by individuals, couples, and families in conflict.
  • Discuss gender identity issues presented by individuals, couples, and families in distress.
  • Utilize and synthesize information from current research findings on mixed-orientation couples.
  • Distinguish between different theories of etiology as they apply to emerging gender identities and gender dysphoria.
  • Practice skills in navigating common questions adolescents face within sexual identity exploration consistent with the 2009 APA task force report on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation.
  • Identify the treatment recommendations appropriate in report writing informed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommendations for providing services to minors who experience diverse sexual or gender identities.
  • Compare and contrast different client-affirmative models of care.
  • Discuss common clinical concerns relevant to sexual minorities and gender diverse persons.
  • Compare and contrast theories for the etiology of sexual orientation.
  • Explain narrative therapy and identify applications of this approach within clinical practice.
  • Utilize treatment recommendations appropriate for report writing consistent with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommendations for providing services to minors who experience gender dysphoria or otherwise identify as gender diverse.
  • Utilize consultation and provide feedback to families within the context of gender identity consultation.
  • Identify the common clinical issues related to gender identity consultation and treatment for more effective consultation with individuals, families, and religious communities.
  • Apply services to gender diverse persons from both religious and nonreligious populations.
  • Navigate and respond to common questions presented by adolescent clients related to their gender identity.
  • Describe the assessment measures commonly used when conducting gender dysphoria evaluations for those gender non-conforming persons who are seeking diagnostic clarification.
  • Facilitate an environment for clients navigating religious and sexual identity conflicts.

Course Schedule

Friday, November 3, 2023: 8:30am-6:30pm (CST)

Saturday, November 4, 2023: 8:30am-6:30pm (CST)

Sunday, November 5, 2023: 8:30am-4:30pm (CST)


Basic Topic Schedule

Day 1 Introduction to Course & Instructor(s)

Three explanatory frameworks 

Research on sexual orientation, sexual identity, and gender identity and dysphoria

Professional/ethical issues in care for sexual minorities and gender diverse persons/youth

Day 2 Narrative SIT Model for sexual and religious identity conflicts

GRIT Model for gender and religious identity conflicts

Day 3 Working with mixed orientation couples

Working with youth and parents

Microminoritizations and the future of care for youth


Registration Information

Continuing Education: ­­ 22 CE credits awarded.

Workshop Level: Advanced (Introduction to Human Sexuality and Foundations of Sex Therapy are required pre-requisites for this course).

Target Audience: Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Psychologists, and Graduate Students



Plus Textbooks

Professional Students taking the course toward ABCST Sex Therapy Certification on a Pass-Fail basis

(Completion of all reading and assignments are required in order to receive CE credits).



Plus Textbooks


Alumni retaking the course as a refresher.
Richmont Tuition Rates

Plus Textbooks

Students from other universities who are taking the course and need the credits to appear on their official transcripts at another university, please contact Dr. Gary Barnes, ISW director (


For registration and continuing education questions, please contact

For course questions, please contact Cory Collins at

Refund policy: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to October 27, 2023.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Advanced Sexual Identity and Gender Identity