Eric Chambers: Gender, Pronouns, and Positive Sexuality

Join us March 11, 2023, 11 a.m. -12 p.m. PT (1 hour)

“Gender, Pronouns, and Positive Sexuality”

This is being offered as a professional continuing education presentation live online workshop. Those who qualify may be eligible to receive APA CE’s for completing this program.


Lecturer: Eric Chambers, PhD

Growing social awareness of nonbinary identities (i.e., those whose identities fall outside the gender binary) can present challenges to practitioners that expose the many ways in which gender difference is encoded within all languages.  This course is designed to help practitioners navigate the process of affirming the identities of nonbinary clients through describing the many (and often insidious) ways in which language can force speakers to ‘choose’ a gender, and identifying innovations within language that allow nonbinary speakers to use pronouns and other language choices that affirm their identity.  This course will also provide strategies for clinicians and practitioners to honor pronoun use and language choices of nonbinary speakers, including repair strategies and creating spaces for both themselves and clients to explore the nuances of gender identity.

Eric Chambers is currently adjunct professor of linguistics at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and is the Director of Research for the Center for Positive Sexuality. He has been published in the Journal of Language and Sexuality and contributed a chapter to the edited volume Digital Orality: Vernacular Writing in Online Spaces. His research currently focuses on the emergence and contestation of non-binary pronouns in languages throughout the world.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe how languages show gender difference (morphological, lexical, pronominal);
  • Identify at least 3 negative health outcomes for clients that identify outside of the gender binary that arise from linguistic challenges;
  • Explain differences in use among various terms used by nonbinary individuals to describe themselves and others;
  • Implement clinical strategies that honor the pronoun uses and language choices of clients identifying outside the gender binary


Professionals seeking 1 unit/hour of APA credit – $75
Attendees not seeking credits – $40
Students – $25


APA Approved Sponsor

Center for Positive Sexuality is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Positive Sexuality maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Additional Information

Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS) is the organization that will sponsor the CE credit. CPS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. CPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Many states honor APA CE credits for other licensed health professionals, please check with your own state licensing board.

This presentation will not be recorded. Attendees cannot earn CEs asynchronously. Attendees requesting CEs must attend the full hour and complete check-in and check-out forms when prompted. Attendees will also be asked to complete an evaluation form after the program.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to ten days before a scheduled workshop without penalty and receive a credit for another workshop or a refund minus $5 for processing costs. If you cancel less than ten days before, you will be responsible for payment. Center for Positive Sexuality reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet our minimum registration within 4 business days of the class. If Center for Positive Sexuality cancels an educational event, you will receive a credit toward another workshop.

Grievances and Complaints

Grievances and/or complaints may be filed using this form. Please provide as much information as possible, as well as your contact information, in order to expedite the process.

Center for Positive Sexuality (CPS) is committed to conducting all activities in compliance with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists. CPS will adhere to all legal and ethical responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and the treatment of program participants. Monitoring and assessment of these standards will be the responsibility of the CPS Committee and CPS CE Program Administrator ( While CPS makes every attempt to assure fair treatment for all participants, occasionally complaints will arise about continuing education programs. This does not include complaints or comments received on course evaluations.

The person with a grievance will first try to informally resolve their grievance by contacting CPS with the issue concerning the training, its delivery, the evaluation method, technological issue, other student(s), and/or any other concern. When a participant files a complaint, either orally or in written format, and expects action on the complaint, the following actions and procedures will be taken:
1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual making the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Program Administrator will then pass the comments on to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the complainant.
2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, CE Program Administrator will mediate and attempt to resolve the complaint promptly. If the participant requests action, the CE Program Administrator is empowered to:
a. Attempt to move the participant to another workshop, or
b. Provide a credit for a subsequent year’s workshop, or
c. Provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.
d. Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.
3. If the complaint is made after the program has occurred or concerns the CPS CE programming more generally, the CE Program Administrator will address it as follows:
a. Request that the complainant submit a written complaint and propose an appropriate remedy.
b. Provide the instructor(s) with the opportunity to respond to the complaint and propose an appropriate remedy,
c. Review these documents, make a final determination, and decide on any remedy.
4. CPS’s Continuing Education Committee will then consult regarding this grievance in an effort to find fair methods of resolving the grievance.
5. CPS will abide by any decisions made by the APA regarding resolution of the grievance.
For further information, contact the CE Commitee Chair of Center for Positive Sexuality, Daniel Garrett, PsyD, at or at (818) 661-3615. You can also contact us at Center for Positive Sexuality, PO Box 1190, Burbank, CA 91507.