Gender Variance in Families: A Family Systems Approach
Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW, CASAC Jean Malpas, MA, Discussant
Arlene Istar Lev will present her original work steeped in systems theory, feminist philosophy, and narrative concepts. Via the lens of transgender experience, we will learn ways to transform a family’s sense of betrayal, secrecy, fear and shame to generative bonding, acceptance and loyalty. Conference participants can count on stretching our capacity to hold and honor difference and diversity in all of the families we encounter.
A model of family emergence will be featured for assisting families through the normative crises that emerge during gender transitions. This presentation will examine the clinician’s subjectivity as consultant, gatekeeper, therapist, advocate, and “helper” for all members of the family.
Date: May 15, 2009 Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition: before May 1, 2009: $125 after May 1, 2009: $155