The hallmark of our workshops is the face-to-face dialog between minor-attracted people and members of the mental health community–practitioners, students, and researchers. This dialog occurs on a level playing field; workshops are organized by a committee consisting of members of both groups, so MAPs and mental health people speak to each other as equals. We all have expertise about our own experiences, and we learn from each other. Professionals and researchers do not tell MAPs what they should do or feel.
Until you have experienced it yourself, you cannot possibly understand how powerful and healing it is to be in a room full of people who are filled with empathy and compassion and understanding.
I was astounded by the willingness of the participating clinicians to enter into discussions not as professionals, but as human beings.
–Paul Christiano- Paul Christiano