Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Gary Grossman, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$140 General Public
$100 Full Members
$90 CMH Members
$80 Associate Members
$60 Student Members
$60 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
September 09, 2017
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Developmental & Cultural Considerations

Course Overview: 

This workshop will present a contemporary psychoanalytic perspective for working with gay and queer-identified men in psychotherapy. The influence of culture on gender and sexual identity development will be highlighted, along with a critique of an essentialist perspective inherent in traditional psychoanalytic theory. Recent psychoanalytic contributions addressing gay and queer male experiences will also be reviewed, with an emphasis on developmental milestones.

The implications of psychoanalytic theory for gay patients will be examined in the literature and through clinical illustrations from the instructor and participants. Video clips from television and film will also be viewed as a vehicle for deepening our empathic connection to the lived experiences of proto-gay children, gay teens, and adults.

Course Objectives: 
  • Participants will be able to describe the developmental impact of cultural bias on boys who grow up to be gay.
  • Participants will be able to explain common early childhood experiences of gay men and the potential for empathic failures and rejections during this period of development and their impact on adult self-esteem and relationships. 
  • Participants will be able to explain the unique experiences and challenges of gay adolescence.
  • Participants will be able to apply developmental & cultural factors to understanding the transferences and countertransferences that emerge in psychodynamic psychotherapy with gay men
Empirical Reference: 

Ryan, C., Huebner, D., Diaz, R., & Sanchez, J. (2009).  Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in White and Latino lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults.  Pediatrics, 123, 346-352.


Gary Grossman, Ph.D., is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with over 35 years experience working with gay men. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and training/supervising analyst at SFCP. Dr. Grossman is in private practice of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and consultation in San Francisco.

Target Audience & Level: 

This workshop is intended for all mental health professionals and trainees who work with gay and queer identified patients in psychotherapy and are interested in psychoanalytically-informed approaches.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time.  Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Cameron Murphey at or 425-652-2673.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Shannon Rogers, MFT, Chair
Demetry Apostle, Ph.D.
Stephanie Chen, Ph.D.
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MA