WITH GAY & QUEER IDENTIFIED MEN:
Developmental & Cultural Considerations
This workshop will present a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective for working with gay and queer-identified men in psychotherapy. The influence of culture on gender and sexual identity development will be highlighted, along with a critique of an essentialist perspective inherent in traditional psychoanalytic theory. Recent psychoanalytic contributions addressing gay and queer male experiences will also be reviewed, with an emphasis on developmental milestones.
The implications of psychoanalytic theory for gay patients will be examined in the literature and through clinical illustrations from the instructor and participants. Video clips from television and film will also be viewed as a vehicle for deepening our empathic connection to the lived experiences of proto-gay children, gay teens, and adults.
- Participants will be able to describe the developmental impact of cultural bias on boys who grow up to be gay.
- Participants will be able to explain common early childhood experiences of gay men and the potential for empathic failures and rejections during this period of development and their impact on adult self-esteem and relationships.
- Participants will be able to explain the unique experiences and challenges of gay adolescence.
- Participants will be able to apply developmental & cultural factors to understanding the transferences and countertransferences that emerge in psychodynamic psychotherapy with gay men
Ryan, C., Huebner, D., Diaz, R., & Sanchez, J. (2009). Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in White and Latino lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults. Pediatrics, 123, 346-352.
Gary Grossman, Ph.D., is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with over 35 years experience working with gay men. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and training/supervising analyst at SFCP. Dr. Grossman is in private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and consultation in San Francisco.
This workshop is intended for all mental health professionals and trainees who work with gay and queer identified patients in psychotherapy and are interested in psychoanalytically-informed approaches.
Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.