A collaboration between Christian Medical & Dental Associations and The Hendricks Center.
[6.0 credit hours total]
This course provides continuing education for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. A general attendance certificate is also available.
Review Date: June 13, 2022
Original Release Date: September 1, 2022
Termination Date: August 31, 2025
You must complete at least one (1) course before printing your certificate. You can reprint your certificate upon receiving further credits.
Embark on a multidisciplinary journey that equips you with the insights and perspectives necessary to engage in informed conversations and decisions surrounding gender and sexual identity. This course bridges theology, psychology, and medicine to foster a comprehensive understanding of this critical aspect of the human experience.
Module 1: Made in the Image: Reflections on Theology and Identity - John Adair, PhD
Gain theological grounding for discussions surrounding gender and sexual identity. Explore four distinct theological boundaries that offer a structured framework for navigating key questions in this realm.
Module 2: Compelling Love with Sexual & Gender Identity Development: Beyond Intolerance and Tolerance - C. Gary Barnes, PhD
Unravel the challenges of meaningful discourse across medical, mental health, cultural, and religious contexts. Discover how psychological and theological insights can clarify research findings, address concerns, and provide recommendations for engaging with issues related to sexual and gender identity.
Module 3: Research on Gender Incongruence: Causes, Change, and Treatment - Laura Haynes, PhD
Delve into an in-depth analysis of the influences—biological, developmental, psychological, social, and cultural—on the formation of incongruent gender identities. Examine research on changes over the life course, medical and psychological treatments, and the complex issue of detransitioning.
Module 4: Research on Same Sex Attraction: Causes, Change, and Change Exploring Therapy - Laura Haynes, PhD
Explore research on the prevalence of same-sex sexuality among those with gender incongruent identities. Investigate biological, psychological, and social influences on same-sex attraction, and understand the implications of increasing social affirmation of LGBT experiences.
Module 5: Ethical Considerations of Medical Interventions for Gender Dysphoric Youth - Paul Hruz, MD
Evaluate ethical concerns surrounding the treatment of gender dysphoric youth, including puberty blockers, hormones, and surgical interventions. Examine patient autonomy, informed consent for minors, ethical principles, off-label medication use, and the intersection of faith and reason in understanding human sexuality.
Module 6: Medical Management of Gender Dysphoria: Scientific Evidence and Outcomes - Paul Hruz, MD
Navigate the evolving landscape of gender-affirming medical interventions. Analyze the rise in demand for interventions aligning appearance with desired gender. Assess scientific evidence, short- and long-term outcomes, and the design of clinical studies to bridge knowledge gaps.