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BT18 Workshop 20 - Gay Sons and Their Mothers: The Relational Mystique - Rick Miller, MSW

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Workshops |  Brief Therapy |  LGBTQ |  Multicultural |  Trauma
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2018
Rick Miller, MSW
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Original Program Date:
Dec 07, 2018
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The relationship between gay sons and their mothers is fascinating based on the history of psychiatry pathologizing this bond, suggesting an enmeshment that contributed to the son being gay. Currently, this relationship consists of an empowering bond that contributes to a healthy sense of self in a world where acceptance isn’t necessarily prevalent. The actual key to wellbeing consists of receiving good enough mothering rather than total acceptance of his being gay. This presenter, a gay male author notes that there is little information on this topic, hence the inception Gay Sons and Mothers. This “docuseries” consists of photos and narratives depicting these bonds, video interviews portraying the emotional aspects of their relationships, as well as theory based on interviews and personal experiences. This workshop provides these findings regarding mother son dyads, anecdotes from people interviewed, and moving video clips of gay sons and/or mothers, including the experiences of the interviewer.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Recite how the bond between gay sons and mothers is crucial for the sons’ psychological development.
  2. Describe cultural implications of coming out for African Americans and Latinos.
  3. List three interventions for working with gay clients who were traumatized by their mothers.  

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Rick Miller, MSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Boston and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is the author of Unwrapped: Integrative Therapy with Gay Men… the Gift of Presence (2015). Rick has served on numerous national and international faculties, including the International Society of Hypnosis, the Brief Therapy Conference, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and Harvard Medical School.