Spring 2020 Workshop

Event details

  • Saturday | April 18, 2020
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Baltimore, MD, USA



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Authenticity in the Face of Stigma: Challenges for Clinicians and Minor-Attracted People

Fulfilling lives, mental wellness, and effective therapy all require a certain degree of authenticity and honesty in close relationships and in therapeutic alliances. The stigma of minor-attracted people’s (MAPs’) sexuality can be a significant barrier to their authenticity with family members and friends. But therapists and researchers who work with MAPs also experience stigma that can impact their interactions with colleagues, search for funding, and dissemination of findings.

At this workshop, therapists, researchers, educators, students, MAPs, and their family members and friends will have the opportunity to explore ways to address the impact of this stigma on MAPs’ self-concepts, relationships among MAPs and their families and friends, the dynamics between therapists and MAPs, and challenges facing clinicians, researchers, and allies. Ideas presented and discussed will be appropriate for both those new to this emerging field and those familiar with it.

At this workshop, participants will:

  • Become aware of the numerous ways stigma impacts the lives, relationships, and careers of MAPs, clinicians, and researchers.
  • Learn about ways to effectively manage stigma and its effects.

Presentations of research summaries and the experiences of MAPs and practitioners will be interspersed with small- and large-group discussions. Presentations and discussions will be co-led by MAPs, mental health professionals, and researchers.

Social workers and psychologists who attend will receive 5.5 CEUs.

The workshop will be held at a conference hotel approximately ten miles from downtown Baltimore, convenient to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Lodging is available at the conference hotel and at several other nearby hotels. To have enough time to reserve a conference hotel room at the reduced rate of $95, register for the workshop by March 9. Location and lodging details will be sent to attendees upon acceptance of their registration.

Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided and included in the registration fee.

The registration deadline is Friday, April 3. Registration fees are as follows:

  • Regular professional registration (clinicians, researchers, educators): $90
  • Professional group (3 or more from the same institution): $80
  • Reduced registration (students, family members and friends of MAPs): $45
  • Student group (3 or more students from the same university): $35
  • MAPs: Free
Click here to register online

For further information, contact rkramer@b4uact.org.