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The Gay White Way: Personal Tales of WAWI'S LGBTQ History

Date: Dec 6, 2017 8:30 pm
Details:

The LGBTQ STUDY GROUP of the William Alanson White Institute presents

 

"The Gay White Way:

Personal Tales of WAWI'S LGBTQ History"

 

Panelists:

Mark Blechner, Ph.D.

Jack Drescher, M.D.

Chris Sekaer, M.D.

Discussant:

Melissa Ritter, Ph.D.

 

Wed. Dec. 6, 2017

8:30-10:00pm

William Alanson White Institute

‪20 W. 74 St. - Room 3A

 

Dues:

$95 for year-long attendance

$15 for one-time attendance

 

**Pizza and prosecco will be served.**

**All are welcome to attend.**

 

RSVP to Eugenio Duarte (Chair): eugenioaduarte@gmail.com

 

 

Presentation summary:

The Gay White Way was a group of gay WAWI graduates and candidates who met informally in the late 1980s and early 1990s to discuss shared concerns about attitudes and activities at the White Institute. This important piece of WAWI history will serve as the backdrop for this evening's program, for which Drs. Blechner, Drescher, and Sekaer will share their personal histories as gay candidates and analysts at William Alanson White Institute.

 

Mark J. Blechner, Ph.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, and Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has published three books: Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis (2009), The Dream Frontier (2001), and Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV (1997). He is former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and the founder and former director of the HIV Clinical Service at the White Institute. Dr. Blechner is in practice in New York City as a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, supervisor, and leader of private dream groups.

 

Chris Sekaer, M.D., is Faculty and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute, and former Faculty, New York University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology from Columbia University and medical degree from New York University and is Board Certified in Adult & Child Psychiatry as well as Psychosomatic Medicine. She is former editorial board member of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is in practice in New York City and Dobbs Ferry, NY.

 

Jack Drescher, M.D., is a Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Faculty Member, Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research; and Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He serves on the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health. An expert media spokesperson on issues related to gender and sexuality, he is author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (1998), and has edited and co-edited a score of books and is the Emeritus Editor of Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He is in private practice in Manhattan.

 

Melissa Ritter, Ph.D., is Supervisor of Psychotherapy and Faculty, 
William Alanson White Institute; Founder and Former Chair of the White Institute LGBTQ Study Group; and Editor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action, a blog under the auspices of Psychology Today and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is also Clinical Adjunct Faculty at City College and Adelphi University and maintains a private practice in Manhattan.