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CC16 Workshop 12 - Attachment and Differentiation in Gay Relationships - Rick Miller, MSW

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Rick Miller, MSW
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May 15, 2016
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Gay men face unique challenges regarding intimacy, communication and personal autonomy. Hiding due to being gay along with being raised male, creates a dynamic of distancing as the norm. The goal of psychotherapy is to accept and verbalize vulnerabilities in a context of safety, encourage revealing oneself for the sake of self-acceptance, and to learn how to receive nurturance from others. This workshop will define the art of how to gain connection while maintaining autonomy. There will also be an emphasis on sexuality and how specific attachment styles effects choices related to safety, security and risky sexual practices.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast specific dynamics between heterosexual couples and gay male couples.
  2. Recite three specific attachment styles and how they are manifested in gay male relationships.
  3. Define healthy sexual norms for gay men. 

*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.