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News & Events

Breakfast Seminars



Homophobia: Dead or Alive?

Friday, October 24th - 9:30 - 11 am

No charge, complimentary breakfast


How does internalized homophobia impact our clients in life and in the analytic office. LGBT clients report difficulties forming relationships and suffer from depression and a high incidence of substance abuse. This workshop focuses on identifying internalized homophobia as expressed through enactments and symbolic communication.

Andres Hoyos, MS, LMSW; Director, Center CARE Recovery, a NYS OASAS licensed outpatient chemical dependence treatment program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, NYC.

Richard Sacks, LP; Fellow at the CMPS Consultation and Referral Service; past Director, Group Services Program, Gay Men's Health Crisis of NYC; a mental health professional in the gay community for over 25 years.


Modern Approaches to Harm Reduction/Addiction Counseling

Friday, November 14th, 10 am - 12 pm

No charge, complimentary breakfast

Harm Reduction is a set of strategies to reduce the negative consequences of drug use and improve quality of life, and includes safer use, managed use, and abstinence. Clinicians meet clients "where they're at" to learn about their defenses and strengths. Participants are introduced to the principles of harm reduction and their relationship to modern psychoanalytic techniques. Bring cases to discuss.

Donald McVinney, MPhil, LCSW, CASAC; faculty member, Columbia University School of Social Work; National Director, Harm Reduction Coalition 1999-2007; currently a Director in the Prevention Division of Harlem Unit.

Raul Plasencia, LCSW; CMPS Certificate Candidate, Director of Bailey Holt House; psychoanalyst in private practice.