“‘I am…’: Intersections of Addiction and Transgender Experience”
S.J. Langer, LCSW-R
When do you know that you know? This could be asked of a person recognizing their addiction as well as to a person who is understanding their gender. These are self-identifying phenomena. This is not to suggest that a trans identity is a diagnosis or addiction. There are however profound changes for the individual in recovery and those who live their authentic gender: both “know a new freedom and a new happiness”. How do we expertly shepherd patients through these explorations? Does one recognition need to supersede another? How does addiction infiltrate one’s psyche and feed denial of one’s authentic self? How do we help connect patients to their own experience of self? We will explore these various questions and also explore the experience of transgender people in recovery settings. Through the use of case examples from his private practice, this workshop will explore the myriad of trajectories that trans patients have traveled in their recovery from addiction.
S.J. Langer is a writer and psychotherapist in New York City, where he maintains a private practice. He is on faculty at School of Visual Arts in both the MPS Art Therapy and Humanities & Sciences departments. He is a member of the Executive Committee for the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. His most recent academic article Trans Bodies and the Failure of Mirrors was the co-winner of the Symonds Prize from Studies in Gender and Sexuality. His first book Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model for Understanding Gender will release in January 2019 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
*This talk has been approved by New York State for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit for LMSWs and LCSWs.
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