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Psychoanalytically Correct Practice in the Era of Political Correctness

Reflections on the Psychoanalysis of a Late Adolescent with Homosexual Concerns

Presenter: Michael Singer, Ph.D.
Lecturer. Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

Discussant: Don Spivak, M.D.
Lecturer, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

From an early history in which differing sexual orientations were pathologized, psychoanalysis has come a long way in its understanding and attitude toward homosexuality. Psychoanalysis as a developmental theory and clinical technique has not been immune to the pressures of the social and political climate in which it is practiced. The paper calls for a reexamination of current assumptions pertaining to the proper treatment of persons with sexual orientation concerns. The analytic case of an adolescent is presented in some detail, along with some thoughts on how the complexity of the adolescent developmental process can inform our clinical technique.

Thursday, May 8, 2003
8 p.m.

Michigan Psychoanalytic Center
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society, an organization accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society Committee on CME Accreditation, designates this activity meets the criteria for a maximum of 2.0 credit hours in Category 1 Credit toward the requirements for Michigan relicensure and of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association, provided it is completed as designed.

The views of the speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society.