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506 | Hope for Clients with Unwanted Same-sex Attraction and Gender Dysphoria: Examining Scripture and Science

Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Sexuality, Sexual Interventions, and Sexual Health, Workshop Tracks


Julie Hamilton, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Often, clients who experience unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria feel hopeless about their struggles. Some are bombarded with the culture’s lies—“born gay, can’t change; it’s harmful to try to change; gay is good; dissent is bad; gender is inconsequential.” Even some Christian clients find themselves thinking they have few options. However, these clients do have options and reasons for hope. Both Scripture and science provide insight into these struggles and a path forward that ministry leaders can lead people through. In this workshop, each cultural myth will be examined through the lenses of Scripture and science, and participants will see that good science is always consistent with Scripture. In addition, the presenter will explain some of the possible factors that put a child at risk for developing same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Likewise, some of the potential underlying therapeutic issues will be presented. Participants will be taught a foundational understanding of these important issues to relate more effectively and provide accurate information to their clients.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify and refute cultural myths with scriptural and scientific facts, thereby conveying accurate information to their clients who may be adversely affected by these myths
2. Identify the underlying issues that may be contributing to the client’s struggles with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity
3. Apply various therapeutic techniques in a more effective way to meet the specific needs of this Christian client population
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