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LGBTQ Study Group: An Analysis of Perpetration by a Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Date: Nov 6, 2019 8:30 am

The LGBTQ Study Group of the William Alanson White Institute invites you to a conversation with:

Michael C. Singer, Ph.D.

"An Analysis of Perpetration by a Victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse"

Wed. November 6th, 2019

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

There is much that is yet to be known or understood about perpetrators of sexual abuse. Considered by many to be the most abhorrent of crimes, the possibility that active pedophiles might be responsive to psychodynamic psychotherapy plays out in the media more frequently than during psychoanalytic conferences.  Moreover, the media categorization of perpetrators as gay or straight, depending upon their victims’ genders is highly controversial.  Yet some perpetrators also have age-appropriate romantic relationships with either same-sex or other-sex partners.  How do we understand the co-existence of adult romance and childhood sexual abuse perpetration?

This presentation will describe the multi-year treatment of a gay man who was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.  He had age-appropriate, long-term sexual relationships, as well as a history of child sexual abuse perpetration.   He hoped to neither harm others nor destroy the possibility of a fruitful life of his own.  Familial precursors to perpetration will be examined, as well as the intensely emotional transference/countertransference experiences of this challenging and rewarding treatment.

Michael C. Singer, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan.  He has been a psychotherapy supervisor in a variety of mental health settings throughout New York. Dr. Singer has provided workshops and trainings for MaleSurvivor, an international organization dedicated to peer and professional support for survivors.  His articles on the treatment of LGBT patients and the training of LGBT psychologists have appeared in Psychoanalytic Psychology, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, The Handbook of LGBT Issues in Community Mental Health, and The Journal of the Performing Arts Medical Association.  Dr. Singer contributed a chapter on death and bereavement to The Initial Psychotherapy Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment, edited by Charles Silverstein, PhD.  The book was awarded the Division 44 Distinguished Book Award for 2011.  His private practice on the Upper West Side in Manhattan includes adults and children.  Within his adult practice, he leads a support group for male survivors of sexual abuse who are in long-term heterosexual relationships and who also struggle with sexual attraction to other men.  Dr. Singer also specializes in clinical work with professional musicians and other creative artists.  He has a Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Manhattan School of Music.


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

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

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