Developmental Issues throughout the Life Cycle for Same Sex Oriented Individuals and Couples

Masters Series in Clinical Practice 

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Marshall Forstein, MD, Instructor

Same sex oriented people face particular developmental issues throughout the life cycle. The workshop will focus on the intrapsychic and psychosocial constructs that impact the formation of identity using various theoretical models as they impact the typical developmental stages of life. Conceptual models of “coming out” at different stages of life and the ensuing psychological/social issues will be viewed using case material.  Four different approaches to conceptualizing the specific issues faced by GLBTQ people include: The Minority Stress Model, the Life Course Perspective, The Intersectionality Perspective, and the Social Ecology Perspective.  The use of the psychodynamic formulation in approaching the patient will view same sex orientation as one aspect of identity that requires a careful view of transference and countertransference.

Topics will include a discussion of the “etiology” of same sex orientation focusing on how the attribution of causal factors affects a particular world-view and one’s accompanying defensive formation.  The turbulence of adolescence and the increased risks for self-harm in GLBTQ teens will explore the issues of separation from parents, peer identification, bullying and trauma as well as some of the factors that increase resilience.  Cases will be used as examples of how early stages of development impact the issues brought to therapy around sexuality and gender roles. Throughout the workshop, participants will be encouraged to present brief vignettes in patients for discussion.

Program Code: MS101

Credits: 6 CE/CME

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  • When

  • Friday, June 8, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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