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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Working with LGBT Patients but Were Afraid to Ask
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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Working with LGBT Patients but Were Afraid to Ask

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
8 am - 3 pm
Where: Caron Center
244 East 58th Street
(Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
New York, New York  10022
United States
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

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Online registration has closed for this event. Onsite registration will be available. 


The LGBT Task Force invites You To:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Treating LGBT Patients but Were Afraid to Ask

Co-Sponsored by the Adult Development & Aging, Clinical, Independent Practice and Psychoanalysis Divisions.

Note second change in venue! Event is now being held at Caron Center.

Morning Program

8-9 am    Registration and continental breakfast provided
9:00-9:15   Welcome – Herb Gingold
9:15-10:00   What are the Modern Problems that LGBT Patients Bring to Psychotherapy? 
with Gil Tunnell
10:00-10:45   What are the Problems Psychologists Experience Working with LGBT Patients?  
with Suzanne Iasenza
  Q & A
  Team experiential exercise in treating LGBT patients with Charles Silverstein & Bob Raymond
  Group reassembles and gives feedback about the morning.
   Lunch provided


Afternoon Program

12:45-12:50    Introductions and information about our Task Force with Herb Gingold
  The Modern Attack on the “Binary” and its Effect Upon Psychotherapy with LGBT Patients with James Pollock
  Working with Multi-Cultural LGBT Patients with Kevin Nadal
  A “fishbowl” by the whole group to discuss salient features in the treatment of LGBT patients with Charles Silverstein and Bob Raymond
  Q & A about the day.


Conference fees:
$40 for sponsoring NYSPA divisions & graduate students
$60 for other NYSPA members
$80 for non-NYSPA participants


CE Credits

$10 NYSPA members (up to 4 credits)
$20 non-NYSPA participants (up to 4 credits) 

Continuing Education (CE) credits have been approved for this conference, one for each program.  Attendees must sign in, sign out and complete an evaluation form for each program.  IIndividuals arriving more than 15 minutes after the start of a program or leaving early are not eligible for CE credit for that program.

The Foundation of the New York State Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. 

Seating is limited so early registration is suggested.


Herb Gingold, PhD is President-Elect of NYSPA for 2016. He has served as president of the NYSPA Division of Psychoanalysis and a founder of the Queens Psychological Association. He has been the chair of NYSPA's LGBT Task Force and runs LGBT related Peer Consultation groups and has published several papers on LGBT issues, including "Brokeback Marriages: Gay/Bisexual Men Married to Straight Women" in the New York State Psychologist in 2010. Dr. Gingold is a co-founder of the Noir Institute and has a private practice in Kew Gardens, Queens.  Email:

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches in the workshop series at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is co-editor of the books Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2004) and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in New York City.
Iasenza, S. (2016). Transforming sexual narratives. Psychotherapy Networker, 42(1),     24-31.
Iasenza, S. (2010). What is queer about sex? : Expanding sexual frames in theory and practice. Family Process, 49(3), 291-308.

Kevin Nadal, PhD is the Executive Director of CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, and President-Elect of the Asian American Psychological Association. His research has focused primarily on multicultural issues in psychology, particularly microaggressions and their effects upon LGBTQ individuals. He is one of the leading experts on Filipino American mental health and was awarded the Early Career Contributions to Excellence by the Asian American Psychological Association and the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association Division 45. Email: .
Nadal, K. L. (2013). That’s So Gay! Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

James Pollock, PhD joined Columbia Health at Columbia University in 2014. Dr. Pollock works extensively with the LGBTQ student population as both a psychotherapist and community liaison. In addition to his clinical and administrative roles with LGBTQ students, Dr. Pollock directs Quality Assurance for the counseling service at Columbia.  He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from New York University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Yale School of Medicine. Email:

Bob Raymond, PhD is a psychologist/psychoanalyst with offices in the West Village of NYC, on Long Island, and in Montclair, NJ.  He treats adults, couples, and families experiencing transitions and crises.  He practices Collaborative Law as a mental health team member on multidisciplinary teams using Alternative Dispute Resolution as a model for resolving quasi legal matters among individuals.  Bob is a member of the LGBTQI Family Professionals of New York, and the LGBT Special Interest Group. He is a Council Representative, on the Executive Board of the Independent Practice Division, and other NYSPA committees. In addition to his extensive clinical practice, Bob teaches, supervises, and mentors mental health professionals at all levels of training. Email:

Charles Silverstein, PhD was awarded a Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, and his book, The Initial Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment received the Distinguished Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association. He founded the Journal of Homosexuality and two LGBT counseling centers in New York City and was elected to the LGBT Hall of Fame. He is a member of NYSPA's Committee on Ethical Practice, the IPD Executive Committee, and the LGBT Taskforce. Now in private practice he is also a supervisor at Teachers College Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and at the Institute for Human Identity.  Email:
The Initial Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment. Elsevier, 2011
For the Ferryman: A Personal History. Chelsea Station Editions, 2011

Gil Tunnell, PhD is Senior Faculty at Diana Fosha’s AEDP Institute (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), and editor of Transformance: The AEDP Journal.  He is adjunct associate professor at Teachers College/Columbia University where he teaches family therapy. He has published numerous articles and chapters on applying AEDP to couples, particularly treating gay male couples, e.g., Tunnell (2012). Gay male couple therapy: An attachment-based model.  In J. J. Bigner &  J.L. Wetchler (Eds), Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy.  New York: Routledge.  He is a founding member of NYSPA’s Task Force on AIDS.  He is in private practice in Manhattan and works with individuals, couples and families.  Email:
Greenan, D. E., & Tunnell, G. (2002). Couple therapy with gay men.  New York: Guilford.