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Public Lecture: Supportive Parenting of Gay and Lesbian Teens

For people in the Knoxville, Tennessee area, I'm pasting this notice from the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society. If you are a mental health professional with interests in serving the LGBT population, you may also be interested in the seminar on Saturday morning sponsored by the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society (APS) and also presented by Dr. Grossman: Developmental Considerations in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Gay Men. CEU credit is available for attending the morning seminar. Information for both events is available at the APS link above.

Supportive Parenting of Gay and Lesbian Teens: Addressing the Challenges Faced by Gay & Lesbian Youth and Their Parents

Saturday, January 9, 2-4 p.m.
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
2931 Kingston Pike F Knoxville

This meeting is free and open to parents and other adults interested in learning more about creating supportive homes for teens who self-identify as gay or lesbian, or who may be questioning their sexual orientation. Parents of youth questioning their gender identity will also find the discussion helpful.

1. How do I respond when my child "comes out" to me, or expresses confusion about his or her sexuality?
2. How does my child "fit the pattern" of other gay and lesbian youth?
3. What do I need to look for?
4. What are the milestones in the formative years of gay and lesbian teenagers?
5. How do I foster positive emotional development in my child?

Our speaker, Dr. Gary Grossman, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with over 25 years of clinical experience working with gay men. He has taught in a variety of academic and clinical settings on contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on lesbians and gay men. He is Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco; a member of the faculty of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis; and the former Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association's Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues.

Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society
Greater Knoxville PFLAG (Parents Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

For more information, contact Lorraine at 637-3293.