1) Engage in reflective conversation on sexual orientation that analyzes popular concepts, real life experiences, and the gap between the two.
2) Investigate the rapid changes in the terminology used to label identities based on concepts of orientation.
3) Learn about and explore developmental systems theory – a new theoretical perspective on biological development which includes and takes into account the continuum of genetics and environment.
4) Explore the concept of transgender and gender transitioning youth and the risk factors facing this population.
5) Examine the function of gender attribution and the psychological and social assumptions underpinning this concept.
6) Distinguish between sexual orientation and gender expression.
7) Utilize an opportunity to create action plans for youth and families impacted by these topics at the interpersonal and/or institutional levels of your organization.
Return to the course description for Deciphering Orientation.