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About the Course
Discrimination and stigma take a toll on both mental and physical health. Stigma faced by LGBTQ+ individuals has been associated with higher rates of psychological disorders, substance abuse, suicide, violence and victimization, and issues with family acceptance. LGBTQ+ individuals are therefore particularly in need of support from psychological services, but often report that they experience a lack of understanding about sexuality and gender issues from psychologists and counselors. This talk explores sex, gender, and sexuality as distinct but interrelated concepts that exist as a spectrum of identities rather than as binaries. The shifting use of terminology related to sex, gender, and sexuality as well as concepts about the relationships among these dimensions will be covered. This knowledge will assist practitioners in caring for their gender and sexual minority clients in a more informed manner.
- Demonstrate understanding about LGBTQ+ identities and health disparities to inform more competent practice with these groups
- Distinguish between sex, gender, and sexuality
- Describe how sex, gender, and sexuality are interrelated
- Explain why sex, gender, and sexual orientation are not binary or fixed
About the speaker
Stephanie A. Sanders, PhD is a Provost Professor and holds the Peg Zeglin Brand Chair in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She holds positions as a Senior Scientist at The Kinsey Institute, a Senior Research Fellow for the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP), and Core Faculty Partner for the Center for Sexual Health Promotion (CSHP) in the School of Public Health at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has been a principal or co-principal investigator on research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse; the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; the National Institute of Mental Health, and other non-federal agencies. Her research addresses sexual behavior; sexual health; sexuality, sexual identity and gender relations; sex differentiation; gender difference in psychological and physical development; effects of prenatal hormones and drugs on human development; women's health and well-being, menstruation, menopause and the life cycle; and bio-psychological perspectives on debates in feminist theory.