Introduction to Gender CE

Introduction to Gender: The Basis for Feminist Psychotherapy

Course Description:

In the same way that an optical illusion exposes our tendency to see what we expect to see, this lecture challenges participants’ preconceived notions of gender by deconstructing gender binaries and stereotypes and exploring the complexities of gender as a social institution. The content is offered free of charge as it provides the foundational definitions and theories forming the infrastructure on which to frame your understanding of gender. In order to think in complex ways about gender, this lecture will also introduce you to the concept of “intersectionality”—a term that teaches us always to see gender as it interconnects with issues of racism, classism, heterosexism, and gender identity. The ideas in this Introduction will be essential for guiding your therapeutic work with women as they work to transcend gender role expectations in search of truer selves.

Course Objective:

The purpose of this lecture is to train participants to see social structures, power dynamics, gender assumptions, and social conditioning behind women’s psychological symptomologies.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between sex and gender.
  2. Recognize gender training and gender assumptions.
  3. Debate the merits of social constructionism and essentialism.
  4. Discuss the history of patriarchy.
  5. Explain the impact of androcentrism on women’s mental health.
  6. Employ intersectionality in review of cases.
  7. Identify sexism in individual and communal systems.
  8. Discuss the nature of institutionalized oppression in the U.S.
  9. Illustrate feminist responses to social problems.

Continuing Education Hours:

This course is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors for 2 Continuing Education Hours.

Instructor: Susan Hall, D.Min., LMHC

Dr. Susan Hall is a Licensed Mental Health counselor in the state of Washington and has worked in social service and counseling settings since 1991. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work, she co-founded a transitional housing program for women and children in central Indiana where she directed the program until her entry into graduate training in 1998. Susan obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling in 2000. In 2004, she opened Greenlake Counseling Services (GCS), a counseling community that provides low-cost office space for private practitioners; GCS is now home to nearly 30 practitioners. Dr. Hall received her Doctor of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary in May of 2008; she was fortunate to study abroad with women from every continent while learning the perspectives of feminist theologians from around the world. In 2009, Susan co-founded Seattle Therapy Alliance (STA) with her colleague Julie Cake, M.A., LMHC. STA was established with the two-fold vision of training graduate counseling students in feminist psychotherapy while simultaneously making low-cost therapy available to local women in their movement toward self-actualization. Dr. Hall has also received post-graduate training in art therapy, marriage and family therapy, gender and violence, attachment theories, feminist ethics, Clinical Supervision, and the residual psychological effects of slavery. She is qualified as an Approved Supervisor in Washington State for therapists seeking ongoing supervision.


Susan Hall Seminars is approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors, provider #6630, to sponsor continuing education for counselors. Susan Hall Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Licensing boards and accrediting agencies occasionally update continuing education requirements and restrictions. Susan Hall Seminars attempts to remain current with these changes; however, it is ultimately your responsibility to complete coursework which will be accepted by your licensing board.

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Introduction to Gender CE

This product is also available as:
Introduction to Gender w/o CE