Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ackerman’s Annual Spring Conference

May 15, 2009

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

Location: Hunter College School of Social Work

129 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075

Graduate Student tuition: $85

For more information contact: Suna Elmas, 212-879-4900, ext 111 or

To read Intersexuality in the Family: An Unacknowledged Trauma by Arlene Istar Lev: Click here

This is a service of the Ogranisation Intersex International

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