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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture

Psychotherapy and LGBT Identities: Historical, Clinical and Ethical Issues

Guest Speaker: Jack Drescher, MD

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, 9:30-5PM

(Registration and continental breakfast, 9:00-9:30)

CE/CME continuing education (diversity)

6 credit hours


Non-members $200
WSP Current Members $160
WSP Current Students $75

Other students please contact the administrative office.

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

For your comfort, remember to bring a sweater or to dress with layers. 


The history of society's understanding and treatment of people in the LGBT community has been laced with stigma, prejudice and discrimination. The field of mental health has evolved from seeing these issues as diagnosable mental disorders to recognizing LGBT identities a within the normal range of human sexualities, and thus a healthy expression of one's authentic self. Dr. Drescher will present the history of this evolution. He will examine these issues through various lenses including the social, cultural, psychodynamic and ethical perspectives.

Small breakout groups will allow time for the participants to examine their internal reactions to the material presented and discuss how these issues are relevant to their current clinical work.


9:30AM-12:30PM Introductions, Plenary session and discussion
12:30-1:30PM Lunch provided
1:30-5PM Ethical and Clinical Issues and discussion



Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. Dr. Drescher is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Past President of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and a Past President of APA’s New York County Psychiatric Society.

Dr. Drescher is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Faculty Member, Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College and Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute.

Dr. Drescher served on APA’s DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. He serves as a member of the World Health Organization’s Working Group on the Classification of Sexual Disorders and Sexual Health addressing sex and gender diagnoses in WHO's forthcoming (2018) revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). 

Dr. Drescher is Author of Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) and Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. He has edited and co-edited more than a score of books dealing with gender, sexuality and the health and mental health of LGBT communities. He has authored and co-authored numerous professional articles and book chapters as well. 


  1. Discuss at least 1 historical psychoanalytic theory regarding gender and sexual minorities.
  2. Articulate 2 unique concerns often articulated by LGBT patients.
  3. Describe 2 ethical principles sal ient to the treatment of LGBT patients.
  4. Critique how the clinicians' countertransference could affect treatment with LGBT patients.



Online registration has ended. There are still a few spaces available. Please leaves us a message that you will pay at the door, and we'll welcome you in the morning. (202-237-2700 x102)


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 6_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.