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Out of the Closets and in Your Face: Becoming Effective with LGBT Patients
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/29/2017
When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
9:15 AM
Where: LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street
Room 101
New York, New York 
United States
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

Online registration is available until: 10/27/2017
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9:15 – 10:00 am   Registration and continental breakfast 
10:00 am – 12:30 pm   The Do’s and Don’ts When Taking a Sexual History of Patients with Suzanne Iasenza, PhD and Charles Silverstein, PhD
The workshop leaders will describe and illustrate the importance of sex histories for the success of psychotherapy. They will identify ways in which a psychologist can aid or interfere (via counter-transference) in the exploration of sexuality in a patient’s life. An experiential session will then be conducted with workshop participants in which they will role play taking sex histories with colleagues. Finally, there will be an extensive Q & A
12:30 – 1:15 pm   Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm   Redemptive Fantasies and Fallacies: The Persistence of Shame in the Lives of Contemporary Gay Men with Steven Botticelli, PhD
In these days of great advances for LGBTQ rights, gay men would seem to have much to celebrate.  Yet not all feel like celebrating.  As much as we look forward to continued progress and a brighter future, the damage done to us by homophobia can be hard to forget.  In this presentation I draw on personal and clinical experiences to explore the persistence of shame in the lives of contemporary gay men.
2:15 – 2:30 pm   Break
2:30 – 4:00 pm  

A Dialogue for and Against Early Transitioning with Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Children - Jack Drescher, MD – Moderator

When Doing Nothing is Not a Neutral Act:  The Gender Affirmative Approach to Treatment with Transgender Youth
 with Randi Kaufman, PsyD
Transgender adults have often had traumatic childhoods because of the limited understanding and negative attitudes that people in their environment had regarding gender diversity. The Gender Affirmative Approach provides a view of gender diversity as normal human variation, which evolves from the interweaving of biology, development, socialization, and culture and context.  Pathology, when it is present, often stems from familial and cultural reactions, rather than being inherent in gender variation.  With advances in medicine and psychology, our culture is evolving to include a more informed understanding of gender identity, greater acceptance of transgender individuals, and consequently, better mental health outcomes and happiness in life.  This workshop will focus on the early experiences of transgender children and their families, and the protective factors of affirmative treatment, and family acceptance and support.  

Clinical and theoretical considerations in the treatment of gender dysphoric children and young adults: When doing less is helping more with David Schwartz, PhD
This presentation will explore the psychological treatment of children and adolescents who identify as transgendered or who experience gender dysphoria. Special attention will be given to the effects of cultural pressure, psychopathology and parental anxiety as these three variables interact to affect gender dysphoria and its behavioral manifestations.  Some attention will be given to the problem of suicidal risk.  I will emphasize the importance of an empathic, non-directive clinical stance, including engagement with parents, as the keys to offering a treatment that is ethically informed and therapeutically effective.    

 4:00 – 4:30 pm    Q & A about the day



Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) and the Adelphi University Derner Institute´s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches in the workshop series at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is co-editor of the books Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2004) and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in New York City. Email:

Charles Silverstein, PhD was awarded a gold medal for lifetime achievement in the practice of psychology from the American Psychological Foundation in 2011. Of his eight published books, “The Initial Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment” was honored with the Distinguished Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association in 2011. He founded the Journal of Homosexuality and two LGBT counseling centers in New York City and elected to the LGBT Hall of Fame. He received the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association in 2017. He is Visiting Scholar and supervisor at Columbia Teachers College and at the Institute for Human Identity.

Steven Botticelli, PhD is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program, where he has served as co-chair of the Independent track.  He is a contributing editor for Studies in Gender and Sexuality and the Division/Review.  He is co-editor (with Adrienne Harris) of First Do No Harm: The Paradoxical Encounters of Psychoanalysis, Warmaking, and Resistance (Routledge, 2010), and practices in the West Village. Email:

Randi Kaufman, PsyD is the team psychologist for the Gender & Family Project, a specialized program for transgender children and youth at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.  She has been working with transgender individuals since 1998, and is the founder of the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health in Boston.  Dr. Kaufman expanded her training to work with transgender children and youth at the GeMS-DSD program at Children’s Hospital Boston, the first program for transgender youth in this country.  She has provided psychotherapy, led support groups, provided training and consultation to a myriad of agencies and institutions in Boston and NYC, and has presented and written about transgender issues for many years.  She has evaluated several inmates in the Massachusetts penal system, and has appeared as a fact witness and an expert witness for two federal lawsuits to obtain appropriate treatment for inmates.  Dr. Kaufman has a private practice in NYC. Email:

David Schwartz, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Westchester and Manhattan.  He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the City University of New York and holds a certificate in psychoanalysis from the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  Dr. Schwartz is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and The Gay and Lesbian Journal of Mental Health.  He has written on the subjects of sexuality and gender for the past twenty-five years.Email:

Jack Drescher, MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University, Adjunct Professor, New York University, Past Member DSM-5 Work on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders, Member, World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health.  Email: Jackdreschermd@GMAIL.COM

Registration Fees:

$40 Sponsoring Divisions
$60 NYSPA Members
$20 Students (with ID)
$70 Non Members

Sponsoring Divisions

Independent Practice Division (IPD)
Adult Development and Aging