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LGBTQ STUDY GROUP: Jack Drescher, M.D. - Asses Making Passes: Making Meaning of Unwanted Sexual Advances

Date: Mar 6, 2019 8:30 pm

The LGBTQ STUDY GROUP of the William Alanson White Institute invites you to a conversation with:


“Asses Making Passes: Making Meaning of Unwanted Sexual Advances”

Wed. March 6, 2019
8:30 - 10:00pm
William Alanson White Institute
‪20 W. 74 St., Room 3A

There may be no way to discuss possible meanings of unwanted sexual overtures that does not arouse strong, uncomfortable feelings. Despite a sense of justice being served when victims of sexual harassment come forward and start naming names, should we not distinguish between legitimate concern for people who have been sexually abused from the experiences of those claiming abuse but who were probably just offended or disappointed? This presentation discusses how interpersonal and relational analysts listen to patient accounts of sexual harassment and abuse, followed by a discussion of permissive sexual attitudes and mores of the 20th century. Following some personal accounts of unwanted sexual advances in professional settings, a clinical vignette of a patient’s dream and its associations illustrates the psychoanalytic complexity of teasing apart problems in living from problems in survival. It is important to achieve justice for actual victims without creating a social environment in which everyone presents him- or herself as a potential victim.

Presenter Bio:  
Jack Drescher, MD is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and a Past President of APA’s New York County Psychiatric Society. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University and Faculty Member at Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health and Columbia’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Drescher served on APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders, the World Health Organization’s ICD-11 Working Group on Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health and the Honorary Scientific Committee of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2). He is author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and emeritus editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He has edited and co-edited more than a score of books dealing with gender, sexuality and the health and mental health of LGBT communities. Dr. Drescher is a frequent media spokesperson on mental health issues in general and on issues affecting the LGBT community.

$95 for year-long attendance
$15 for one-time attendance

**Pizza and prosecco will be served.**
**All are welcome to attend.**


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For inquiries regarding the LGBTQ Study Group please contact
Esin Egit, Ph.D. (Chair): e.egit@wawhite.org