The emotional mystique between gay sons and their mothers has long been unexplored, but now new evidence suggests that a mother’s response to her son’s sexuality isn’t the only factor in his future success. How she nurtures him based on his interests, rather than his sexual preferences, is key, especially in a society with narrow definitions of masculinity. A mother’s indirect acceptance can be more powerful than heroic measures and is a principal source of her son’s self-esteem, using an Ericksonian approach without her knowing it!
This workshop provides a strength-based perspective of hope for mothers and sons, including theory, research and anecdotal learning from video interviews. Woven in a historical timeline of gay rights are the interpersonal interactions between mothers and sons throughout various eras. Interviews will highlight various struggles based on religion, culture and ethnicity.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
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.